Study Claims Android Brower Is Faster Than iPhone Browser; But It’s Flawed
Folks at Blaze Software, a web performance company published a report earlier today claiming that Android browser is faster than iPhoneâ€™s Safari browser.
Blaze Software initially reported:
The results surprised us.
First of all, we found that Androidâ€™s browser is faster. Not just a little faster, but a whopping 52% faster. Androidâ€™s Chrome beat iPhoneâ€™s Safari by loading 84% of the websites faster, meaning Safari won the race only 16% of the time. While we expected to see one of the browsers come out on top, we didnâ€™t expect this gap.
But Apple was quick to point out that the results are flawed. Appleâ€™s spokeswoman Natalie Kerris issued the following statement:
“Their testing is flawed. They didn’t actually test the Safari browser on the iPhone. Instead they only tested their own proprietary app, which uses an embedded Web viewer that doesn’t actually 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.”
Blaze Software has also back tracked from its initial conclusion and now claims Android embedded browser is faster than iPhoneâ€™s embedded browser:
To the extent of our knowledge, this is the first time Apple has openly made such a statement. Given the information that various optimizations are not included in the embedded browser, itâ€™s quite possible the iPhone page loads could be faster. We stand behind the statement that Androidâ€™s embedded browser is faster than iPhoneâ€™s.
Jared Newman of PC World puts it quite aptly:
In any case, if you’re complaining that your super-futuristic smartphone renders pages a second or two slower than the competition, you may want to step back, take a walk and rethink your priorities.
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