Sep 25, 2013

The best Android browser is... Opera!

I have tested the most popular web browsers on Android Jelly Bean: Stock Android Browser, Google Chrome 29, Opera 16, Opera Mobile Classic 12.1, Mozilla Firefox 24 and Dolphin Browser 10 with Jetpack. While Opera and Opera Classic have an Off-road or Turbo mode, which speeds up loading websites, it was disabled for this test. Here is the comparison table, two best results are green:

BrowserBrowsermarkOctane BenchmarkHTML5 TestCSS3 Test
Stock Browser21321175327 + 1445
Chrome22401951429 + 1160
Opera26502089443 + 1162
Opera Classic1740571406 + 1252
Firefox20712253426 + 1058
Dolphin20081544471 + 357

The best Android web browser, in terms of performance and compliance to web standards, is the new Opera! However, Dolphin has the best support for HTML5 and Chrome with Firefox are almost as fast as Opera.

Sep 19, 2013

Safari in iOS 7 has better performance than iOS 6

As the new Apple iOS 7 has been finally released, I have upgraded an iPad 2 and compared the performance of Safari Mobile browser in iOS 7 to iOS 6. The benchmark results show that iOS 7 has better performance in web browsing and better compliance to web standards. Have a look at the comparison table:

Browser Browsermark Octane Benchmark HTML5 Test CSS3 Test
Safari / iOS7 2288 1479 399 + 9 61%
Safari / iOS6 2022 935 386 + 9 59%
Improvement 13% 58% 3% 2%

For more information about Safari Mobile in iOS 7, read this excellent article on Breaking the Mobile Web.