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The Rise of Espresso and XCUITest: The Fall of Appium?

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The Rise of Espresso and XCUITest: The Fall of Appium?

This article compares and contrasts these test automation frameworks to help you choose the one that's best for you to receive fast and reliable feedback.

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The adoption of DevOps methodology has increased and the need to release to production in shorter cycles is driving teams to accelerate the process and embed early test automation. Teams operating at this release velocity need fast and reliable feedback for every code change to ensure app quality. Is this new process forcing teams to choose between automation frameworks?

Espresso (Android) and XCUITest (iOS) are UI automation frameworks that fit very well with this new development process. Many teams are trying to make a decision - which test automation framework to adopt?

The below comparison table highlights the key areas to consider when making this choice.

Espresso and XCUITest

  • Used more by developers/testers who have developer skills

  • Fast and reliable - much faster and more reliable over time due to the architecture of the framework

  • Best used for pre-commit and CI fast feedback validations


  • Used mainly by QA/automation teams

  • Full coverage with better validations

  • Nightly executions

  • Best used for full regression testing (coverage)

Learn more about the differences and advantages of each framework on this recent webinar comparing Appium to Espresso and XCUITest:

There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to which automation framework you should choose. While there are teams that choose to select one framework, there are many teams that will combine the two.

It will be very interesting to see where the market will go in the next few years - I'm sure we will see a significant increase in Espresso and XCUITest, an increase in overall test automation execution, and an overall increase in fast feedback practices.

mobile ,appium ,espresso ,xcuitest ,mobile testing

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