Apple Claims iPhone/Android Browser Speed Study Is Flawed

A study conducted by web optimisation firm Blaze on page loading speeds of Android and iOS browsers has been labelled 'flawed' by Apple.

The Blaze study had claimed that the native web browser on Google's Android OS loaded web pages 52 per cent faster than the embedded browser on iOS. The company said that the Android browser had beaten the iOS web browser on 84 per cent of the page load tests conducted by the company.

Apple spokeswoman Trudy Miller called the study flawed because Blaze didn't test the Safari web browser on iOS, Computer World reports.

Instead, she said, the company used the embedded web viewer in the iPhone which didn't receive the recently released web performance optimization software, which was only released for Safari.

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

Blaze on the other hand, said that it was under the assumption that Apple had updated the embedded web browser with the new software which was released for Safari and offered to re-do the tests when Apple had managed to do that.

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