Study Claims Android Brower Is Faster Than iPhone Browser; But It’s Flawed

News | Wednesday March 16 2011 8:21 AM | Comments (0) Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Folks at Blaze Software, a web performance company published a report earlier today claiming that Android browser is faster than iPhone ’s Safari browser.
They came to this conclusion after loading 45,000 web pages from 1000 websites over 3G and Wi-Fi on Android smartphone, Samsung’s Nexus S and Apple ’s
.
The results surprised us.
First of all, we found that Android’s browser is faster. Not just a little faster, but a whopping 52% faster. Android’s Chrome beat iPhone ’s Safari by loading 84% of the websites faster, meaning Safari won the race only 16% of the time. While we expected to see one of the browsers come out on top, we didn’t expect this gap.
Secondly, we saw that despite the optimized JavaScript engines in the latest iPhone & Android versions, browsing speed did not get better. Both Apple and Google tout great performance improvements, but those seem to be reserved to JavaScript benchmarks and high-complexity apps. If you expect pages to show up faster after an upgrade, you’ll be sorely disappointed.
But Apple was quick to point out that the results are flawed. Apple ’s spokeswoman Natalie Kerris issued the following statement:
“Their testing is flawed. They didn’t actually test the
browser on the iPhone . Instead they only tested their own proprietary app, which uses an embedded Web viewer that doesn’t actually take advantage of Safari’s Web performance optimizations. Despite this fundamental testing flaw, they still only found an average of a second difference in loading Web pages.”
To the extent of our knowledge, this is the first time Apple has openly made such a statement. Given the information that various optimizations are not included in the embedded browser, it’s quite possible the iPhone page loads could be faster. We stand behind the statement that Android’s embedded browser is faster than iPhone ’s.
In any case, if you’re complaining that your super-futuristic smartphone renders pages a second or two slower than the competition, you may want to step back, take a walk and rethink your priorities.

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