Android browser 52% faster than its Apple counterpart, claims study

Android browser 52% faster than its Apple counterpart, claims study
The Android browser and the iPhone 4's browser were pitted against each other in the largest ever study of smartphone browsers, and the results show that the green robot holds a significant advantage over its rival in this category.

During this research, which, by the way, was quite extensive - 45 000 separate tests conducted on 1000 different web pages - it was found that on average the Android browser is 52% faster than the iPhone 4's one. Moreover, during these tests Google's mobile OS managed to load 84% of the web pages faster than iOS. Really impressive.

All tests were performed on devices running Android 2.2/2.3 and iOS 4.2/4.3. It is noted that the latest JavaScript improvements, which are found on Gingerbread and the latest version of Apple's OS - didn't have any significant impact.

Even Guy Podjarny, the CEO of Blaze Software - the company that conducted the study - expressed his surprise at the results:

"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."

This is a quite comprehensive test, so you can't really argue with the results - turns out, Android's browser is much faster than its iOS counterpart, although we are not sure how many people have noted this, which is, you know, the only thing that really matters. Moreover, chances are that the guys at Blaze Software tested high-end Android devices, so if you have a mid or low-end handset powered by Google's mobile OS, it's very likely that you won't get the same results.

source: Blaze Software via BGR



1. box unregistered

Good to know a study has verified what high-end Android phone owners/users have known for months....

2. kazt unregistered

so ios is jus a toy for kiddo =)

3. box2 unregistered

Ok ok, who's gonna break the news to the apple fanboys. lol

4. Droid Pro unregistered

The iphone is a smrtphone for dummies, the droid has and will be suprier to the iphone

5. sergio1990 unregistered

Author of this article stated : "Moreover, chances are that the guys at Blaze Software tested high-end Android devices, so if you have a mid or low-end handset powered by Google's mobile OS, it's very likely that you won't get the same results". Maybe, but iPhone 4 is no low or middle-end phone(it costs about 650$, as other other Android high-end phones), so the comparison was quite accurate. This site clearly favors Apple products, against the odds... It's shame they don't keep neutral position, as it should have been!

6. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

It was just an observation that mid-range devices running droid OS will not produce at the same level as the high end driods tested. It wasn't a slam, just a disclaimer. There is not a positive spin to put on this for iOS. They got beat. Pure and simple. Let's see how Apple responds.

7. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Hmmmm, I wonder which android phones were pitted against the iphone4. The ip4 is almost a year old. If it's being compared to recent top android dual core phones like the atrix and the optimus, then of course it will be slower.

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the full article says its the nexus S wich is a completely fair comparison since they both use the same Samsung Hummingbird chipset in it. Oh yea.. and the nexus S has flash 10.1.. where the iphone4 obviously has no flash.. and it still beat it.. :)

8. AppleSux

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 12, 2011

Android for the Win !!!!

9. MrWilli5

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 13, 2011

android all day

10. Tre-Nitty

Posts: 470; Member since: Nov 16, 2010

I have an android and it browses pretty fast but my ? Is, why do y'all really think apple cares. Apple head to head will destroy any android operated device in head to head sales and it wouldn't be close. Dont yall know that is all that matters to these companies. I just find it really funny when android fans try to knock apple. Unless you have stock in Google, then you really shouldn't care that much.

12. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

there is no validity to that... in fact it would be quite the opposite. think of total android vs total iphone sales. If google came out n said "we are going to be panzys like apple and make just 1 super phone a year for all carriers and noone else can use android", they would sell 100 million a year of that phone.

13. tragichero

Posts: 163; Member since: Jan 07, 2011

tre-nitty..... eh... here you go again. sit back... take a breath.... and realize you are wrong....again. android is outselling the iphone. your head to head sales comment makes you sound like you sleep with an iphone cuddled under your breast covered in man goo.

14. Tre-Nitty

Posts: 470; Member since: Nov 16, 2010

Ipad just sold 1,000,000 ipads in a weekend. Get over it apple is a powerhouse and so is Google. Stop being nuthuggers and thinking your micro opinions are gonna stop apple. Google is buggy as heck but very customizable. Apple is very reliable but dumbed down for easy use. I have both and love it. Maybe y'all should try that.

18. jbash

Posts: 345; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

i like how you brought the tablet sales into it, Android will soon match and surpass apple in that regard much as it has in the smartphone world. Shoot now with HP running the show with webOsI wouldn't be surprised if they took a good chunk of apples market share away.

15. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i did.. but the ipad gave me a headache because it couldnt do the things i wanted it to and there was no way to customize it to do so. i actually chastized my professors at school for voting to buy them for classrooms before actually testing to see if it works (they needed something flash capable.. lol) in my world, iOS just cant cut the basics.

16. steven999 unregistered

Android is not buggy as bell! I have used Android many hours every day for 6 months and it has never crashed, or had problems for me! And no I am not a fandroid- i own and love a iMac, and I really like my girlfriends iPhone, and it really suits her needs in a smart phone, and android suits my needs! .

17. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Earlier today, we told you about a study conducted by Blaze Software comparing the native browser speeds in Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. The results of over 45,000 tests were published, and the firm concluded that Android was roughly 52% faster than iOS in terms of browser performance. Not so fast, says Apple. In a statement to blog The Loop, an Apple spokesperson pointed out a perceived flaw in Blaze Software’s methodology. “Their testing is flawed because they didn’t actually test the Safari web browser on the iPhone,” wrote Apple’s spokesperson. “Instead they only tested their own proprietary app which uses an embedded web viewer that doesn’t 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.” The UIWebView framework, which was used to run Blaze’s “proprietary app” in an “embedded web viewer,” does not leverage Apple’s Nitro JavaScript engine — the part of mobile Safari that Apple claims is nearly 2x faster than its predecessor. Tests that leverage the enhanced JavaScript engine would, according to Apple, have improved Safari’s performance. Blaze Software has yet to publicly comment on Apple’s rebuttal.

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