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Android Browser 52% Faster Than iPhone, Study Finds

A new smartphone study has determined that the web browser on Android OS loads web pages faster than the Apple Safari web browser on iOS.

According to a study conducted by website optimisation firm Blaze, the native Android browser on Android 2.3 Gingerbread on Samsung Nexus S, loaded web pages 52 per cent faster than the Safari web browser on iOS 4.3 running on an iPhone 4.

Out of the 1,000 websites tested by the firm, Apple's Safari managed to open web pages faster than the Android web browser only 16 per cent of the time while the Android web browser prevailed in 84 per cent of the tests.

“We assumed that similar hardware specs and the same WebKit foundation would make iPhone and Android's browsers perform equally. We assumed that a faster JavaScript engine equals a faster browser,” the company said.

“All of these assumptions have been proven wrong when we actually measured those scenarios,” it further added.

Blaze, which used a fast Wi-Fi connection to conduct the tests, revealed that the Android web browser took 2.1 seconds to load a web page while the Safari on iOS 4.3 did so in 3.25 seconds. However, the study also found that despite having updated JavaScript engines, the browsers on both the platforms didn't show much improvement over their predecessors.