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Browser bug in Samsung Galaxy S III eats excess data, causes increased loading times

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Browser bug in Samsung Galaxy S III eats excess data, causes increased loading times
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst have uncovered a bug in the hugely successful Samsung Galaxy S III’s stock internet browser. The issue results in the browser downloading more images than is necessary and that also increases page load times.

The bug was discovered while Emmanuel Cecchet, Robert Sims, Xin He, and Prashant Shenoy were testing a Quality of Experience (QoE) benchmark application and will present at the IEEE Symposium in Montreal, this week.

“When comparing our results on the different devices and networks for our Wikipedia trace, we noticed significantly higher latencies for our Samsung S3 smartphone on both Wifi and 3G,” according to the report. The cause of the problem is a srcset HTML attribute which allows mobile devices to download the right-sized image. For the SGSIII however, the browser downloads all the images which can then result in longer load times or outright errors not to mention increased data usage.

The good news is that the srcset standard is still being drafted it is not used widely. If such an issue concerns you, using a browser like Firefox or Chrome will help as those products do not look for the srcset tag. You can view the whole report in the source link below (PDF file).

source: UMass (PDF) via Tech2

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posted on 03 Jun 2013, 19:24 4

1. Shatter (Posts: 2019; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Does anybody even use the stock browser? I switched to chrome/firefox long ago.

posted on 03 Jun 2013, 19:26 7

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8186; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I do and so do the many non-tech literate people all over the world.

posted on 03 Jun 2013, 20:47 2

8. darkkjedii (Posts: 11016; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Well said Smurf. Regardless to who uses it, it still should work rite.

posted on 03 Jun 2013, 20:01 6

5. ahhxd717 (Posts: 317; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)


Ive always thought that stock browsers were faster than Chrome. Idk about Firefox, but I usually have the fastest loading times and smoother scrolling in the stock browser.

posted on 03 Jun 2013, 20:05 1

6. imkyle (Posts: 982; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


The browser on Ice Cream Sandwich is still my favorite.

posted on 03 Jun 2013, 20:18

7. joey_sfb (Posts: 2886; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


My favorites is the Firefox for android beta. It give me desktop like browsing experience and reliability.

Chrome is third after stock.

posted on 03 Jun 2013, 20:53 2

10. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


your just a troll.....

Anyone with an Android Device with the oppurtunity of using stock browser would know that it is faster than Chrome/Firefox. Chrome and Firefox just have more features that make them worthwhile

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 00:39

12. joey_sfb (Posts: 2886; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


My favorite is Firefox after using opera, boat, dolphin, chrome and stock. In fact Firefox is the only that support PA thumb up down feature well.

The rest of the world could use whatever pleases them.

posted on 03 Jun 2013, 22:49 2

11. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


I don't, even dolphin browser is much better.

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posted on 04 Jun 2013, 00:53

13. joey_sfb (Posts: 2886; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Android stock, Chrome, Dolphin using WebKit web engine.

Firefox uses gecko engine.

Both WebKit and gecko are FOSS. So by having stock and Firefox I have the best of both world. Firefox has stronger backward compatibility. Might work better with sites that requires MS IE trinity web engine.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 11:41

15. skymitch89 (Posts: 1054; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


I used to when my GS2 was on ICS, but once I updated to JB I couldn't get my Google Bookmarks on the stock browser any more and went to Chrome. Now I strictly use Chrome.

posted on 09 Jun 2013, 21:51

17. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


I'm still using the stock browser though. I use my laptop more often, so nah. Not gonna waste some space for chrome or fox or dolphin or opera or any other weird 3rd party browsers.

posted on 03 Jun 2013, 19:24 4

2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8186; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Huh. I switch between this and Chrome depending on websites I visit and never seem to have encountered this. In fact, stock browser loads pages faster than Chrome.

posted on 03 Jun 2013, 19:29 1

4. alltechinside (Posts: 239; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


It might be because you might be visiting sites that don't use images as much.
But I agree with you. I never encountered this problem, but then again, I use chrome the most.

posted on 03 Jun 2013, 20:52

9. ckoch125 (Posts: 191; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Good thing I always used chrome anyway.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 07:00

14. DigitalMD (Posts: 226; Member since: 17 Feb 2010)


srcset HTML did not even appear in a draft until May 2012 and still is not part of the HTML5 standard, so you will encounter it very seldom. Doubt if any user would ever notice this and not sure how you can call it a bug when its not even a HTML standard function yet. Betting these so-called researchers are big Apple fanboys.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 17:42

16. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Find this odd.. I personally found the stock browser on the s3 actually faster certainly faster than chrome and Firefox though it was similar in speed to dolphin.. Still regardless of speed, if it's using up precious data more than it should be than its still a no no regardless how fast ir loads...

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