At a glance

Kobiton vs Sauce Labs

Sauce Labs offer cloud-based cross-browser and mobile device testing. However, ex-Sauce Labs users often mention that the cloud provider has focused heavily on the cross-browser and desktop-web side of the house, neglecting the mobile testing portion of the offering. This has resulted in a robust device and emulator/simulator offering, but a very poor UI/UX and very few solutions around intelligent test automation.

Device Lab Management

Real Device access
Emulator and simulator access
Secure Public cloud
Dedicated Private Cloud
Dedicated Local Cloud
Mix and match Cloud options for a Hybrid Cloud
Fully on-premises Real Device set-up
Desktop web support
Sauce Labs

Sauce Labs:

Sauce Labs has focused on offering both a Public Cloud and Private Cloud option for real device access, in addition to emulators and simulators that users can purchase. This gives teams more flexibility than with a tool like BrowserStack (only Public Cloud and also a Sauce Labs competitor), but their inability to make locally hosted devices available in the Cloud and their lack of a fully on-premises option leaves many teams still looking for more flexibility.

Even with this lack of flexibility, Sauce Labs still comes in at one of the most expensive options for real devices access if you are looking for dedicated cloud devices. 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. Sauce Labs users also often complain about iOS devices in the Sauce Labs cloud either not working at all or showing much poorer performance that real Android devices.

Sauce Labs 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 mobile and IoT 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. In addition to Cloud deployments, Kobiton also offers extra-sensitive fully on-premises deployments for teams who need it.

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
Low-latency testing
Network throttling
Location spoofing
Log capture and analysis
Scriptless manual to automation conversion
Sauce Labs

Sauce Labs:

Sauce Labs offers a manual testing canvas with support for a variety of gestures and reproducing real-word conditions. They also offer an interesting feature that allows for multiple users to view a manual test session at once with “over the shoulder” access. However, the overall UI/UX of the manual session has been reported as slower and more disjointed than alternative solutions like Kobiton or Perfecto.


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
Appium compatible
Custom Enhanced Appium
XCUITest compatible
Selenium compatible
Espresso/UI Automator compatible
Flutter compatible
Earl Grey compatible
Functional Testing
Visual Testing
Visual UI/UX Design Testing
Front-end Performance Testing
Pop-up proof UI automation
Network Payload Capture
Response Time Analysis
Intelligent remediation
Sauce Labs

Sauce Labs:

Sauce Labs hasn’t focused too much on the mobile  test automation engineer and point to their device availability as the major benefit when trying to scale test automation. However, Sauce Labs does offer a lightweight Visual Validation solution through their acquisition of Screener.io, a visual snapshot testing solution that is optimized for desktop-web visual comparison with very lightweight support for mobile application and mobile browser testing.

Sauce Labs does not offer anything in the way of scriptless mobile test automation, but did recently acquire a company called AutonomIQ. While still relatively unknown compared to a similar solution like Tricentis Tosca, AutonomIQ claims to offer scriptless record and playback test automation for desktop web applications, with a special focus on enterprise applications like SAP, Salesforce, etc.


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
Video footage of your test session
Response time analysis during session review
Network Payload Capture analysis during session review
Sauce Labs

Sauce Labs:

Sauce Labs offers very light-weight test session exploration and reporting. With Sauce Labs, your test session data is only kept on the platform for 30 days unless you use a special API to download you session history anytime after that 30 day window. Sauce Labs also doesn’t offer video footage of mobile test sessions, and only offers captured video footage of your desktop-web tests.


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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