Android vs iPhone Browser Speed Test Flawed

Yesterday we reported about a certain test that proved that the Android operating system’s browser loads web-pages faster than that of the iPhone 4’s. The Android vs iOS battle has been going on from quite a while now, and although Android is leading in Mobile Platform number, I still did not believe this report. But, all the statistics and data looked accurate and indeed, according to the report, the Android’s browser is faster.

The test was conducted by a company known as Blaze and according to their report, which involved vigorous testing on over 1000 sites to determine the results, Androids browser was 52% faster than the iOS 4 browser.

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Now obviously after this blow to Apple, you would expect some kind of rebellion. And you’re right!! Apple correspondent, Natalie Kerris told CNET that the test was flawed and Blaze was using their own Web application to conduct the tests and not iOS’s stock Safari browser. She clearly stated that other web browser apps don’t carry the new Nitro JavaScript engine that the Safari browser on iOS 4.3 boasts.

Despite this fundamental testing flaw, they still only found an average of a second difference in loading Web pages

Another Apple Spokesperson has just confirmed that the test is flawed stating;

The embedded web viewer does not take advantage of Safari’s web performance optimizations. They didn’t actually test the Safari web browser on the iPhone, instead, they only tested their own proprietary app which uses an embedded web viewer.

This whole has seemed to have gathered a lot of attention from both iOS and Android supporters. Blaze, however is standing by it’s reports and saying that Android performs faster than iOS browser, until Apple shows them how to make use of Safari’s advancements on the UIWebView(Apple’s embedded browser).

To learn more about all this please visit one of the following websites: Apple Insider, Bloomberg, Blaze Blog, The Register.

So what do you make of all this?? I think this topic is going to be around a while!!