Android mobile operating system faster than Apple’s iOS

The browser in Google’s (Nasdaq: GOOG) Android mobile operating system is more than 50 percent faster than the browser found in Apple’s (Nasdaq: AAPL) iOS, according to company Blaze.io.

Blaze tested the embedded browsers in Android 2.3 (aka “Gingerbread”) and iOS 4.3. These were WebView and UIWebView, respectively.The tests were conducted against websites of Fortune 1,000 corporations.

Also among Blaze’s findings is that although both Google and Apple claim they’ve sped up JavaScript in Android 2.3 and the browser in iOS 4.3, respectively, it had no impact on browser speed.

However, shortly after the results were publicized, information surfaced suggesting the tests could be flawed. Blaze used an iPhone 4 running iOS 4.3 and a Google Nexus S smartphone running Android 2.3 for its tests.

“We chose the Nexus S since it’s the poster boy for Android 2.3,” Guy Podjarny, Blaze’s chief technical officer, told LinuxInsider.The methodology Blaze outlined appears impressive. It loaded Web pages from the sites of the Fortune 1,000 companies three times on each device, on different days, and used the median load times as a basis for comparison.

Results with speeds greater than 40 seconds or less than 400 milliseconds were weeded out because these indicate network and server errors, Blaze said.The tests were conducted over WiFi in an area with good reception. They were conducted at night to eliminate noise and to maintain consistent results.

Measurements were conducted using a custom app developed by Blaze that uses the platform’s embedded browser. This loads a page on demand and measures how long that takes. Load times were calculated using the “Document Complete” callback from the browser, which Blaze contends is a standard way of measuring a Web page’s load time.

To distinguish mobile sites from non-mobile ones, Blaze loaded the same 1,000 pages through Internet Explorer 8 and compared the number of resources required to load the page on the iPhone versus the number required for IE 8.If the desktop browser required 30 or more additional resources, the site was designated as mobile, meaning it had a customized version for mobile device access.

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