Android Browser Faster Than iPhone? Apple Cries Foul
In a new test performed by Blaze Software, Inc., the Android platform’s Chrome browser was found to load pages 52% faster than Safari on the iOS. Before Android fans break out the champagne and start saying “I told you so” to their iPhone-toting friends, they should read the fine print.
Since the report was released, Blaze has clarified their findings to reflect that the study was not in fact a real head-to-head comparison of the browsers, but a test of browsing from within apps on the devices. The browsing that takes place within an app on these devices uses an embedded version of the browser, and not the full-blown platform. Apple was quick to point out that speed enhancements introduced for Safari do not include the embedded version of the browser, therefore the results are biased towards Android.
The results do provide an interesting new take on the mobile platform wars, however. If the true battleground is focused on the apps that allow users to access data online, these results are still extremely striking. By not providing a way for apps to take advantage of Safari’s speed enhancements, Apple has put iOS developers at a competitive disadvantage compared to their Android brethren. Until Apple rewrites the code for the embedded browser, the perception of the end users will continue to favor the Android platform’s speed advantage.
There’s little doubt that Apple is going to find a way to level the playing field in short order, but at least for a little while, all of you Android lovers can rejoice in your superiority.