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The web browser that comes with the updated Android 2.2 operating system is faster and better than that sported by the iPhone 4 with its new iOS 4 platform, according to independent tests.

Android 2.2's browser is up the three times quicker than the iPhone 4's Safari browser when it comes to loading JavaScript content.

Two different benchmarking tests were carried out on an iPhone 4 and a Nexus One running Android 2.2 by Ars Technica and the Android smartphone was consistently quicker than its Apple rival.

Although the ability to quickly process JavaScript is not the be all and end all of browser performance, it could make a marked difference when browsing websites on Android as opposed to iOS 4.

The speed of a mobile browser is obviously affected by variables outside the software itself and some might argue that the iPhone 4 offers a better overall browsing experience even if it is not quick as nippy as Android 2.2-based mobile phones.

However, it is likely that Android users will chalk this up as a victory over Apple.

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