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Apple hits back at Android vs. iPhone browsing speed study

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Apple hits back at Android vs. iPhone browsing speed study

Apple has responded to a recent Android versus iPhone web browser speed test study by Blaze Software, branding the tests fundamentally ‘flawed’.

The study, which involved some 45,000 pages loaded on the Android Chrome browser and the iPhone’s Safari browser, revealed that pages loaded up to 52 per cent faster on Google’s browser, as it rendered 84 per cent of the websites quicker than its iPhone counterpart.

However, Apple spokesperson Natalie Kerris has since called the reliability of the tests in question. She said that the tests were “flawed because Blaze used its own proprietary application that doesn’t take advantage of Apple Safari browser’s Web-performance optimisation”

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

Blaze CTO Guy Podjarny has since reciprocated Apple’s comments, saying the tests were conducted "under the assumption that Apple would apply the same updates to their embedded browser as they would their regular [Safari] browser.”

He said: “If this is not the case -- and according to Apple's response, it's certainly possible -- the embedded browser might produce different results."

Blaze still maintains that Android’s embedded browser is faster than iPhone’s, but hopes that Apple “will help us enable those optimisations and repeat the measurement.”

“Until then, for all we know the missing optimisations may not make a big impact.”

Have you experienced a significant difference in the browsing speed since upgrading to iOS 4.3? Let us know in the comments section below.

Source: Blaze Software via ComputerWorld

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