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Inconclusive tests paint Android browser 52 percent faster than iPhone’s, but what about Safari’s Nitro engine?


According to a Blaze study stemming from 45,000 Android and iOS tests, the Android browser on average loads web pages 52 percent faster than mobile Safari. The results are inconclusive, however, because it’s unclear whether Blaze’s measurements take into account the new Nitro JavaScript engine that comes with iOS 4.3. The report was completed before this complaint was made public and Blaze is arguing that the lack of Nitro boost can “slightly” skew the results given that “JavaScript only accounts for a small percentage of the total load time.”
The devices used for testing include a Nexus One running Android 2.3 and an iPhone 4 with, presumably, iOS 4.3. Both operating systems sport WebKit-based browsers.
On average, Android came in 52 percent faster with an average page load time of 2.144 second versus 3.254 seconds for the iPhone. Android apparently outperformed Apple’s handset on 84 of the tested websites, including those that are not optimized for mobile access. On mobile sites, however, Android’s lead dropped to just three percent.
Regarding that Nitro issue, a follow-up note on Blaze’s site says the following:
Some wonder whether the new Nitro JavaScript engine was used in our measurements. We’re still investigating this issue, as the report was completed before it was made known. So far we’ve seen indications in both directions, so we can’t say for sure it’s being applied. That said, the results from measuring Android show that JavaScript only accounts for a small percentage of the total load time, about 15% on average. This implies that even if Nitro is not in use, it likely can only slightly narrow the gap. We’ll follow up with any additional info.