Report Finds Browsing on Android Over 50% Faster Than on iPhone
Much attention in the battle between Android and iPhone goes to the availability of apps on each platform. But one of the most important feature of a smartphone might not be the availability and performance of native apps but the performance of the mobile web browser.
According to a study released today by the web optimization company Blaze, this is a big win in the Android column. The company analyzed 45,000 page load speeds to find that Android’s browser is 52% faster the iPhones. Furthermore, Android’s Chrome browser beat iPhone’s Safari browser by loading 84% of websites faster.
According to the findings, Android 2.3 had a median load time of 2.144 seconds while iPhone 4.3 had a median load time of 3.254 seconds.
Interestingly, when loading mobile websites, Android was only 3% faster, with a median load time of 2.085 seconds versus iPhone’s 2.024. But on websites that aren’t optimized for mobile, Android is 59% faster. Blaze contends that “Android’s dominance in handling non-mobile sites is especially important when considering tablets. Tablets use the same OS and similar hardware phones do. However, users expect the full experience on tablets, not the simplified mobile sites. This means Android’s edge will make an even greater impact.”
You can read the full report here.