Apple cries misdeal over web browser speed test

• 18/03/2011

Yesterday we reported about the web browser speed test run by Blaze Software which compared the native browser speeds in Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android.  After over 45,000 tests were published, the firm concluded that Android was roughly 52% faster than iOS in terms of browser performance.

Naturally, we’d expect that pro-Apple spokespeople would have something to say about it.  And sure enough, they did.

In a statement to blog The Loop, an Apple spokesperson pointed out a perceived flaw in Blaze Software’s methodology, saying “Their testing is flawed because 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 that doesn’t take advantage of Safari’s web performance optimizations.”

Turns out that the UIWebView framework used in Blaze Software’s app in an embedded web viewer doesn’t use Apple’s Nitro JavaScript engine.  According to Apple’s claims, had they used this part of mobile Safari they would have experienced speeds at nearly 2x faster than its predecessor.  If the tests included this enhanced JavaScript engine would have improved Safari’s performance in the match-up.  Well, according to Apple anyways.

No word yet from Blaze Software about Apple’s retort.

[Source – BGR]

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