Appium is an open source, cross-platform Test automation tool for native, hybrid and mobile web apps, tested on simulators (iOS, FirefoxOS), emulators (Android), and real devices (iOS, Android, FirefoxOS). Appium drives various native automation frameworks and provides an API based on Selenium’s WebDriver JSON wire protocol. Android support uses the UiAutomator framework for newer platforms and Selendroid for older Android platforms.
The web has seen a dramatic change over the past few years with mobile becoming a big part of the overall experience. Test automation is a key enabler for Agile software development and subsequently for continuous integration and delivery. Automated tests are very useful to test your app “while you sleep”. Many software companies are suddenly challenged with having to provide solid test automation for mobile with its two flavors of mobile web and native apps.