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AWS Device Farm vs Xamarin: What are the differences?

Developers describe AWS Device Farm as "Test your app on real devices in the AWS Cloud". Run tests across a large selection of physical devices in parallel from various manufacturers with varying hardware, OS versions and form factors. On the other hand, Xamarin is detailed as "Create iOS, Android and Mac apps in C#". Xamarin’s Mono-based products enable .NET developers to use their existing code, libraries and tools (including Visual Studio*), as well as skills in .NET and the C# programming language, to create mobile applications for the industry’s most widely-used mobile devices, including Android-based smartphones and tablets, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

AWS Device Farm can be classified as a tool in the "Load and Performance Testing" category, while Xamarin is grouped under "Cross-Platform Mobile Development".

Some of the features offered by AWS Device Farm are:

  • Test on the same devices your customers use
  • Fix issues faster and delight your users
  • Simulate real-world environments

On the other hand, Xamarin provides the following key features:

  • Cross-platform development- Thinking about supporting iOS, Android, Mac and Windows? Xamarin allows you to write it all in C#.
  • Reuse existing code- Use your favorite .NET libraries in Xamarin apps. Easily use third-party native libraries and frameworks.
  • Discover as you type- Explore APIs as you type with code autocompletion.

According to the StackShare community, Xamarin has a broader approval, being mentioned in 75 company stacks & 66 developers stacks; compared to AWS Device Farm, which is listed in 5 company stacks and 3 developer stacks.

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Pros of AWS Device Farm
Pros of Xamarin
  • 3
    1000 free minutes
  • 2
    Pay as you go pricing
  • 120
    Power of c# on mobile devices
  • 80
    Native performance
  • 77
    Native apps with native ui controls
  • 71
    No javascript - truely compiled code
  • 67
    Sharing more than 90% of code over all platforms
  • 45
    Ability to leverage visual studio
  • 44
    Many great c# libraries
  • 43
    Mvvm pattern
  • 36
    Amazing support
  • 34
    Powerful platform for .net developers
  • 19
    GUI Native look and Feel
  • 15
    Nuget package manager
  • 11
    Free
  • 9
    Backed by Microsoft
  • 9
    Enables code reuse on server
  • 8
    Faster Development
  • 7
    Open Source
  • 7
    It's free since Apr 2016
  • 7
    Use of third-party .NET libraries
  • 7
    Best performance than other cross-platform
  • 7
    Easy Debug and Trace
  • 6
    Xamarin.forms is the best, it's amazing
  • 6
    Mac IDE (Xamarin Studio)
  • 5
    Power of C#, no javascript, visual studio
  • 5
    C# mult paradigm language
  • 4
    Microsoft backed
  • 4
    Great docs
  • 4
    Compatible to develop Hybrid apps
  • 4
    Microsoft stack
  • 4
    That just work for every scenario
  • 3
    Small learning curve for Mobile developers
  • 3
    Well Designed
  • 2
    Ability to leverage legacy C and C++
  • 2
    Ionic

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Cons of AWS Device Farm
Cons of Xamarin
  • 1
    Records all sessions, blocks on processing when done
  • 1
    You need to remember to turn airplane mode off
  • 8
    Build times
  • 4
    Visual Studio
  • 3
    Scalability
  • 3
    Complexity
  • 3
    Price
  • 2
    Support
  • 2
    Nuget
  • 2
    Build Tools
  • 2
    Maturity
  • 0
    Performance
  • 0
    Maturidade

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What is AWS Device Farm?

Run tests across a large selection of physical devices in parallel from various manufacturers with varying hardware, OS versions and form factors.

What is Xamarin?

Xamarin’s Mono-based products enable .NET developers to use their existing code, libraries and tools (including Visual Studio*), as well as skills in .NET and the C# programming language, to create mobile applications for the industry’s most widely-used mobile devices, including Android-based smartphones and tablets, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

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What are some alternatives to AWS Device Farm and Xamarin?
Xamarin Test Cloud
Run your app on our huge (and growing) collection of real devices from around the world. Select devices based on form factor, manufacturer, operating system, or even popularity in your target market. We’re adding over 100 devices every month, and if there’s a specific device you need, we’re taking requests.
Firebase
Firebase is a cloud service designed to power real-time, collaborative applications. Simply add the Firebase library to your application to gain access to a shared data structure; any changes you make to that data are automatically synchronized with the Firebase cloud and with other clients within milliseconds.
BrowserStack
BrowserStack is a leading software testing platform for developers to comprehensively test their websites and mobile applications across 2,000+ real browsers and devices in a single cloud platform—and at scale.
Sauce Labs
Cloud-based automated testing platform enables developers and QEs to perform functional, JavaScript unit, and manual tests with Selenium or Appium on web and mobile apps. Videos and screenshots for easy debugging. Secure and CI-ready.
Kobiton
It enables developers and testers to perform automated and manual testing of mobile apps and websites on real devices. Modern DevOps and Quality environments require apps to be tested on hundreds of device/OS/browser combinations. Managing an in-house device-lab is expensive, resource intensive, restrictive and very manual. Kobiton allows for instant provisioning of real devices for testing with automated or manual scripts, and also allows current on-premise devices to be plugged in to form a holistic testing cloud.
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