“Apple is disputing the findings of independent trials that determined smartphones running Google’s Android mobile operating system load web pages faster than the iPhone, citing significant flaws with the methodology behind the test,” Jason Ankeny reports for FierceMobileContent. “After analyzing 45,000 measurements on the latest Android and iPhone devices, web optimization services provider Blaze Software reported this week that the Android browser loaded web pages 52 percent faster than its iPhone counterpart; not true, Apple claims.”
“‘[Blaze Software’s] testing is flawed. They didn’t actually test the Safari browser on the iPhone,” an Apple spokesperson tells CNet. “Instead they only tested their own proprietary app, which uses an embedded web viewer that doesn’t actually take advantage of Safari’s web performance optimizations. Despite this fundamental testing flaw, they still only found an average of a second difference in loading web pages,'” Ankeny reports.
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Stephen Shankland reports for CNET, “Blaze backed away from its conclusion in light of the new data. Chief Technology Officer Guy Podjarny told CNET in a statement: ‘This test leveraged the embedded browser which is the only available option for iPhone applications. Blaze was under the assumption that Apple would apply the same updates to their embedded browser as they would their regular browser. If this is not the case and according to Apple’s response, it’s certainly possible the embedded browser might produce different results. If Apple decides to apply their optimizations across their embedded browser as well, then we would be more than willing to create a new report with the new performance results.'”
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Flawed study claims Android ‘faster’ than iPhone; fails to use actual mobile browsers – March 17, 2011