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Android phones running the latest Gingerbread iteration of the OS load web pages more than 50 per cent faster than the iPhone 4, an informal study reveals.

Blaze Software conducted a whopping 45,000 tests on the Gingerbread-packing Google Nexus S and the current-gen iPhone over 3G and Wi-Fi connections.

The survey found that when used with Chrome, the media loading time for the Google Nexus S was 2.144 seconds. That compared to a figure of 3.254 seconds for iPhones using Apple’s proprietary Safari browser.

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Used over 1,000 web domains, Gingerbread powered handsets were also found to render pages faster on 84 per cent of sites.

The study authors stated: "Android wasn't just faster overall, but rather provided a faster browsing experience four times out of five.”

Gingerbread is currently only on the Nexus S and Nexus One, but will feature on a host of handsets arriving later this year from the likes of Samsung, LG and Sony Ericsson.

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