Android browser faster than Safari

Android browser faster than SafariCanadians Blaze Software have conducted some rather extensive tests, showing that Android’s browser kicks Safari in the nuts when it comes to speed.

Having pitted Android against the iPhone across 1,000 websites, Android was faster 84% of the time, and 52% faster than the iPhone on average.

In total, 45,000 measurements were taken, “primarily” over Wi-Fi with the iPhone 4 and Google Nexus S. The Android devices ran Android 2.2 (Froyo) and 2.3 (Gingerbread), while the iPhone used iOS 4.2 and 4.3.

“The purpose of the study was to determine once and for all which of the two leading smart phone vendors has the fastest browser,” said Blaze CTO and Co-Founder, Guy Podjarny. I think it’s fair to say you’ve achieved that, dudes.

“We were very surprised by the results. We assumed that it would be closer race and that the latest JavaScript speed improvements would have a more material impact on performance. The fact that Android beat iPhone by such a large margin was not expected.”

You can read more about the study on Blaze’s blog.

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dicksteel18  Mar. 17, 2011 at 20:07

you cant compare software speeds of 2 devices with different hardware specs, it's meaningless.

the porter  Mar. 17, 2011 at 20:28

Everyone knows safari is sloooow that's why you use atomic browser

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 17, 2011 at 21:38

agree, dicksteel,
but the people still do it. People also compare processor speeds and RAM of iOS/Android and, say, Symbian. Complete nonsense, but hey... Most apps are opened once according to many studies, yet 'number of available' apps seems to have replaced way more important criteria in reviewers' rating system.
's all a bit nuts.

moonmonkey  Mar. 17, 2011 at 21:59

dicksteel and janst, im guessing you's are iphone owners....

ei8hty5ive  Mar. 17, 2011 at 22:09

Why is it meaningless? Don't they both use the same internet pages? BTW, I have both ip4 and HTC Desire (2.2) and i found the opposite. ip4 was a fraction faster everytime...

fishstevens  Mar. 17, 2011 at 22:41

It IS meaningless. It's like saying "why is that printer faster, aren't they both printing the same document?"

droiduser  Mar. 18, 2011 at 00:01

It's also like saying "why is that horse faster, aren't they both running on four legs?".

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 18, 2011 at 07:01

moonmonkey,
sorry. No iPhone love here.
And actually Apple have themselves to blame for this test an others like it - they opened the door with misleading ads etc... Or, when Opera Mini came to iOS...remember the iFans gloating when somene published a test comparing loading times of various iPhone browsers? Hello, who care that Safari loads faster initially, when thereafter it takes twice as long to load a page than OM or iCab? Comparisons are often a bit pointless in an area where taste and brand loyalty play such big parts. But nevertheless, it is meaningless in a scientific sense. Different tool different yada yada... of course, the iPhone's Safari is still the best at being slow :p
And by the way, the slow brosing was the reason why I sold my iPhone.
the real winner here are Blaze Software Inc, don't you think?

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 18, 2011 at 12:19

Fair and balanced we are. So, here: Apple claim the study is 'flawed' ==>> http://www.cellular-news.com/story/48376.php

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