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iOS tops Android for HTML5 gaming, both OSes improving rapidly

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iOS tops Android for HTML5 gaming, both OSes improving rapidly
Spaceport.io, a company that provides development tools for HTML5-based mobile games, did a study to see how the top Apple products stacked up against the top Android products when it came to playing HTML5 games. They discovered that the iPad 2, in particular, topped the pack. That was followed by the iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Android tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 fared worse, and the Kindle Fire barely topped the score of the iPhone 3GS. Expand the chart on the right if you want all the details.

Spaceport.io noted that both mobile operating systems have seen rapid improvement the last couple years – in particular Android saw a massive improvement with the shift to 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). As a result Android tablets like the Galaxy Tab 10.1 should see substantial improvement in their HTML5 gaming capabilities as they are upgraded to ICS.

iOS tops Android for HTML5 gaming, both OSes improving rapidly
There’s a second dynamic at play here, however, and it doesn’t correlate 1:1 with the degree of HTML5 support built into an operating system. Spaceport.io’s HTML5 games are GPU accelerated, and previous tests have shown that Apple’s custom A5 chips found in the iPad2 and iPhone 4S simply execute more instructions than the GPUs found in current Android hardware. The Galaxy Nexus further hampers its score by employing a higher resolution screen – so the already slower GPU has to fill more pixels per refresh then the iPhone 4S or the iPad2.

Given that Android 4.0 otherwise does a good job of implementing HTML5, we expect that most of the difference between it and current iOS devices lies mostly in the hardware and screen resolution differences – it will be interesting to see if the GPU in the iPad 3 can keep up with the doubling of resolution, or if its HTML5 gaming will be lower than the iPad2.

Either way, Spaceport.io’s main goal is to raise awareness of the importance of HTML5 performance; continued gains by both platforms will eventually allow for rapid development and deployment of cross-platform games for our mobile devices, a dream never realized on gaming consoles.

source: Spaceport.io via VentureBeat

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posted on 05 Mar 2012, 12:07 4

1. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


ouchh that is going to leave a mark on the fandroids...

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 12:14 6

2. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


y sure, it will leave a mark And then they'll forget it. The comments on this site are getting to predictable and fanboyish. I read the comments less and less these days. Hoping to see interesting and reasonable discusions soon like in the old days.

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 12:15 7

3. Adianshadows (Posts: 66; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Interesting and reasonable discusions??? I didn't know PA had those... :P

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 12:29 10

6. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


your replying to an ifan remark saying that fandroids are only making fanboy comments. yet, you dont notice that? lolol

the "good old days" consisted of gallito, taco, miz, and gemini running around starting food fights and being the biggest idiotic fanboys ever created. If thats what you call "reasonable discussions", id call a doc if i were you. :)

Id say the boards are a lot more reasonable than they used to be. The staff writing is much more middle of the road compared to how pro apple it once was, the boards have a heck of a lot more actual discussion, and there is a lot less food fighting than once was.

Then again, you have one ifan statement agreeing with another ifan statement, so i doubt you have any reason to want real discussion, you just want a return to the loud iOS fandom that has subsided.

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 13:24 7

12. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


remixfa... you have a lot of influence in here bro...

i think what the person above is trying to say is "lets calm down with the OS/people bashing" and talk tech discuss things and educate people without insults... "like adults"

you are very knowledgable about all this stuff

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 13:36 5

13. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i wish thats what they were talking about. what you have is 2 resident mega iOS fans that are consistently starting food fights (they are not the only ones, just the ones here now), trying to say that its "the other side" throwing food while throwing an insult about "forgetting it".. Which.. in itself, is throwing food just by saying it.

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 13:36 7

14. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


do i have enough influence to win that Galaxy Note!?!? That would just be phenomenal :) :) :) :) :) lol

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 12:50 7

8. JunitoNH (Posts: 892; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Just stick with visiting Android.com, it seems every blog is involved in a conspiracy to destroy Android. Fandroids are like alcoholics, always in denial of the obvious.

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 12:53 5

9. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lololol obvious what exactly? obviously winning in sales, market share, tech, and future outlook? yep. thats obvious. you guys are nutters. lol

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 13:11 2

10. SleepingOz (unregistered)


wahahaha I was about to post the same thing! But it's more like fandroids are in denial of limitations such as being unable to customize their phones, to do simple things like sending files via bluetooth, to use your phone as a mass storage.. etc.. etc..
Oh wait, does these really concern Android?

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 13:45 4

15. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Winning sales? What?

Marketshare? Losing pathetically in tablets, PMP, and home entertainment markets.

Full of s**t you are.

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 13:54 6

16. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Market share is by OS not by device. That would be individual sales. In market share, Android has a 2 to 1 lead over iOS and widening. Spin it any which way you want, but facts are facts.

Home entertainment markets? What are you talking about? Do you think apple TV is a huge success?? lol. Android is being integrated in to everything and anything. Its competition is with windows home integration. Apple will never make more than a dent in home entertainment since it is so closed off and requires other apple products to work 100%.

PMP? People still buy ipods?? Who cares. Who needs an individual device when the smartphone does all of the above and more for the same price?

Android took a 35% market share slice from apple in 1 year in tablets. They may not be "winning", but at current rate, in 2 years apple will have 30% of the market or less.
Again, the real threat is from MS if WP8 takes off with its desktop compatibility.

You crazed apple lovers need to wake up. Its OK to love your system and want good things for it, but get with the program as far as what is actually happening out there in the world.

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 14:40 4

17. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


rly this discussion dissapoints me. 10 replys?

There is no talking with remix unless your android fan. People that use an apple product are immediately identified with sheep or ifan or whatever. Is that how you would have a good discussion? It's not about who's best. Who's got coolest interface or whatever. Because that's pure Subjectif.

I'm on phonearena because I like phones. Not just apple. Who you guys keep bashing.

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 14:51 5

18. SleepingOz (unregistered)


It was gallito who started this flame war actually,

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 15:02 5

20. SleepingOz (unregistered)


but I guess it's ok since he's an apple fanboy like you. =]

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 15:49 2

23. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


ohh sov now i started.. wow.. I am innocent... innocent i tell you

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 15:00 6

19. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


wrong. I talk to anyone and everyone that wants to have a logical discussion about any OS. I also have defended apple many times against false claims. The fact that you magically forget all that shows your stripes.

Gallito started this fanboy thread, and your first post was agreeing with him, so you might want to look into the mirror about why this thread immediately went down the fanboy path instead of blaming me.

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 15:18 2

21. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


Then stop talking about Market share, sales. It's not that that's the most important. Remix your post 16 was fanboy.

srr that but what Gallito said wasn't rly the thing that started this fanboy thread. I talked about that the comments were getting to fanboyism on this site. So i'm to blame not Gallito.

Almost every thread is getting twisted in favor of android. And i'm talking about comments I encounter. Like when apple could be exposed to a virus. Then it's the worst of worst. But when android got the possibily of developpers getting acces to photo's and that kind of stuff. Then it's all ok, and android will fix in a sec.

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 15:24 5

22. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


being exposed is not good on either system. Apple gets a lot of flack BECAUSE of the constant fanboy comments from the iOS nutjobs about how "secure" iOS is and how crappy android is. So of course, when the time comes that its iOS's turn in the fryer (and there have been a lot of turns for iOS since iOS5), all those android fanboys that hear the constant berating from iOS fanboys are going to take the opportunity to give it back to them in spades.

NO OS is 100% secure. But I have to say it, from the looks of it, Android is a lot more secure over all than Apple lovers give it credit for AND iOS in general. Otherwise we would be seeing secure iOS devices for government use a long side those secure Android and RIM devices.

And Post 16 was not fanboyish. It was a direct reply to a fanboy that called me out without warrant or fact. nothing i said was untrue.

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 15:50 3

24. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


thank you Mr. Hunter sir

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 01:43 1

30. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


oh, well, and there the war begins..

it's good that apple wins, then android will catch up.. and when android catches up and be better, apple will go even harder, and so the cycle continues.. the same goes for security, etc.. in the end, we will benefit.. you guys fanboys need to cool down.. both sides..

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 12:23

4. Triton (Posts: 24; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Come on now. Let's not sink to their level.

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 12:25 4

5. Adianshadows (Posts: 66; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


what do you mean "their" level?? is this because I'm white?!?!

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 12:30 3

7. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


no.. its because your green!!

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 13:11 4

11. theBankRobber (Posts: 647; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Well ICS has hardware acceleration so if a device like the SGS2 with full ICS was tested, it should do alot better then the nexus. I guess we will have to wait until ICS goes mainstream to do some more test on how much better it has improved our devices. :)

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 15:53 1

25. RushFan2112 (Posts: 15; Member since: 16 Jun 2011)


Maybe we can now compare Flash-based games...

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 21:35

27. Crave (Posts: 12; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)


So A5 chip executes more instructions then all chips found in android devices, including Exynos?

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 21:53 1

28. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


1) exynos wasnt on that little graphic

2) A5 and Exynos are the exact same chip with a different GPU.

3) the difference is more to do with software implimentation on the OS than the Chip, though obviously hardware does play a role.

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 23:50 1

29. davin8r (Posts: 45; Member since: 28 Apr 2011)


Too bad they didn't look at an Asus Transformer Prime in that comparison....

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