At a glance

Kobiton vs BrowserStack

BrowserStack was one of the earlier entrants into the mobile and cross-browser testing space. Since it’s bootstrapped founding, BrowserStack has found success, and has become a “household name” when it comes to testing and real device access. However, the real device access options are limited, and teams who need a solution that makes dedicated real devices available, mobile-specific test automation better, and Session Exploration that helps resolve bugs faster will find themselves looking for alternatives. Keep reading to see our own comparison between BrowserStack and Kobiton.

Device Lab Management

Real Device access
Emulator and simulator access
Secure Public cloud
A "first come, first serve" public cloud offering that is secured by in-depth clean-up policies and SOC2 and SOC3 compliance.
Dedicated Private Cloud
Real Devices available in the Cloud, but only to those within your organization.
Dedicated Local Cloud
Take devices that you already own locally, hook them up to a Mac product, and, boom, they are in the Cloud and available to those within your org.
Mix and match Cloud options for a Hybrid Cloud
Build a mix-and-match Cloud offering between different deployment types.
Fully on-premises Real Device set-up
Fully on-premises and "behind the firewall" Real Device deployments with optional physically secured deployments available for sensitive environments.
Desktop web support


BrowserStack has gone all-in on making real devices accessible in a first-come, first-serve Public Cloud. While their Public Cloud offering is undoubtedly robust (and does currently offer more devices than Kobiton’s), their decision to deprecate their old Private Cloud offering, inability to make locally hosted devices available in the Cloud, and lack of an on-premises option leaves many teams scrambling for an alternative. Also, their pricing models for device access and usage penalize the team who is attempting to run test automation at scale by charging for parallel and concurrent sessions.

BroswerStack does offer desktop-web and cross-browser testing, which is something that Kobiton does not currently offer.


Kobiton has prized security, flexibility, and performance above all else when it comes to real device access and management. With in-depth clean-up policies for our secure Public Cloud (first-come, first-serve devices for edge testing), 100% dedicated-to-you device access with our Private Cloud, and the ability to cloud-ify your already-owned locally hosted devices for shared-remote-and-dedicated access, you can build a flexible real device lab in the cloud that works for the specific needs of any team across your organization.

Kobiton’s on-premises and cloud real device labs are powered by our DirectTest technology that allow for rapid device launching speed, virtually zero-latency testing, and 30FPS video streaming during your manual session, for truly unparalleled real device lab performance.

Kobiton also helps you scale your automation with plans that don’t charge for parallel executions or concurrent testing. And, while Kobiton does not currently offer native desktop-web support, we do have a partnership with our sister company, Katalon, that provides desktop-web testing and automation offerings.

Manual Testing

Real-time manual test UI
Complex gesture support
30FPS video streaming
High-performance video streaming on your manual session in the Cloud.
Low-latency testing
Minimal to virtually zero input lag when testing on Real Devices in the Cloud or on-premises.
Network throttling
Reproduce real-world network conditions.
Location spoofing
Make your real device think that it's anywhere in the world!
Log capture and analysis
Capture logs from your manual test sessions
Scriptless manual to automation conversion
Perform a manual test and convert that test into an automation script, no code required.


BrowserStack offers a manual testing canvas with support for a variety of gestures and reproducing real-word conditions. However, their focus on a robust Public Cloud has resulted in a lack of focus on building a high performant hybrid device cloud.


No matter what real device option you choose, Kobiton offers a high-performing and effortless user experience. We focused heavily on these two items and built a manual canvas that offers support for complex gestures, ADB shell commands, geo-location, and more. We also offer real-time insight into logs that you can easily explore and download during your session.

Kobiton’s manual testing canvas has also set the industry standard for performance. Powered by our DirectTest technology, Kobiton enables low-latency testing (think virtually zero input lag) and 30FPS video streaming during your manual tests.

Kobiton has also made the jump from manual to automated testing easier, with the ability to either export a 100% open-standard Appium script from your manual session, or run that same test across your library of real devices with a few simple clicks (and no code required).

Test Automation

Scriptless Automation
Scriptless open-standard Appium generation
Generate 100% open-standard Appium scripts from manual sessions that you can run anywhere, without ANY vendor-lock.
Appium compatible
Run Appium automation on real devices.
Custom Enhanced Appium
Utilize a custom Appium server that is >2-3x faster than normal Appium.
XCUITest compatible
Run XCUITest automation on real devices.
Selenium compatible
Run Selenium automation on real devices.
Espresso/UI Automator compatible
Run Espresso automation on real devices.
Flutter compatible
Create and run tests utilizing the Appium-Flutter driver on real devices.
Earl Grey compatible
Run Early Grey automation on real devices.
Functional Testing
Visual Testing
Visual UI/UX Design Testing
Test the beauty and design quality of your UI/UX.
Front-end Performance Testing
Test performance at the application, network, and device level.
Pop-up proof UI automation
Get past the pop-up problem with automation solutions that are "pop-up proof"
Network Payload Capture
Response Time Analysis
Measure test-step specific response times.
Intelligent remediation
Remediate for Functional, Visual, and Performance issues without the need to dig through screenshots and logs.


BrowserStack hasn’t focused much on the automation engineer and point to their device availability as the major benefit to the automation engineer. BrowserStack did acquire Percy, an automation Visual Validation solution, but they have not done much work to make Percy mobile-optimized and can only run Visual Validation tests with simulated mobile screen sizes and resolutions in order to check for certain discrepancies across mobile UI’s.


Kobiton has focused heavily on both the automation engineer currently using Appium and the manual testing team that is looking to make the move to automation. With AI-driven Scriptless Automation, and AI-assisted Appium automation, you can easily make the move and/or scale your mobile test automation with Kobiton.

Teams leveraging Kobiton’s NOVA AI Engine have the ability to auto-generate 100% open-standard (and therefore non-vendor-locked) Appium scripts from a manual session, or automate a manual test and point that test to run across other real devices in the background without any code required. Our baked in Functional, Crash, Visual, and Performance assertions make each NOVA-driven test a Functional, Visual, and Front-end Performance Test, equipping your teams with a true “one test to rule them all” solution.

Beyond comprehensive, Kobiton’s automation offering is also flexible and inclusive. If you need a solution for manual testers, our 100% scriptless flow allows you author and execute automated Functional, Visual, and Performance tests without writing any code. If you’re an automation-mature team who is already using Appium, you have the choice to inject NOVA’s baked-in assertions into your existing Appium scripts (or scripts you generated with NOVA’s auto-generate capability mentioned earlier) by simply adding in Kobiton desired capabilities to your Appium script.

Session Exploration

Session Exploration within the UI
Explore your test session after your manual and automation tests have been executed.
Video footage of your test session
Response time analysis during session review
Visualize test-step-specific response time in consumable charts.
Network Payload Capture analysis during session review
Visualize network request and response payload in consumable charts.


BrowserStack do not have any equivalent of the session explorer, relying instead on log files.


Kobiton’s unique Session Explorer offers an easily navigable timeline that allows you to quickly and efficiently explore your test sessions across test steps, actions, and commands. With our comprehensive Insights Panel, you can easily view charts that dive into information such as CPU, memory, network, response time, network request and response payload, request and response headers (for Appium automation), and more!

Kobiton also makes it easy to share moments of failure with the rest of your teams. You can generate and share deep links that point to a specific test step or moment in a test, or use our native Jira integration to easily create a bug in your integrated Jira project that also links to the exact moment identified.

In addition to our Session Explorer, Kobiton offers a “within the UI” remediation menu that allows for you quickly and easily remediate for any Crashes, Functional issues, Visual blemishes/discrepancies, and Performance regressions caught by our baked-in assertions. From this menu, you can submit these issues as bugs, instruct our AI around strictness/relaxedness for future tests, dive into causes of issues, and receive recommendations around how to solve for certain problems.

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