Apple iPad 2 beats Android 3.0 Honeycomb Xoom, Galaxy Tab in HTML5 capability

“Web development tools vendor Sencha examined Apple’s iPad 2 and Motorola’s Xoom running Google’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb, crediting Apple with ‘a top rate, no compromises HTML5 browser’ while calling Android “not ready for primetime, even for HTML4,'” Daniel Eran Dilger reports for AppleInsider.

“Sencha notes that Apple’s iOS 4.3 just introduced a new implementation of Safari based upon WebKit version 533.17.9, which it says is ‘a very recent build’ and incorporates Apple’s Nitro JavaScript engine,” Dilger reports. “The latest Safari 5.0.4 update for Mac OS X uses WebKit version 533.20.27. Android 3.0 uses WebKit 534.13.”

Dilger reports, “In contrast, Sencha wrote, ‘our experience to date with Android has been lackluster, starting with the disappointing browser in the Galaxy Tab and the Xoom [running Android 3.0 Honeycomb].’ Note that various Android licensees rarely replace or enhance Google’s included web browser, so Sencha’s findings on the Motorola Xoom will also relate to the web performance of other Honeycomb tablets, including new models from Acer, Samsung, and Toshiba.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “D-Bog” for the heads up.]


  1. Given the numerous freezes, unaccountable shutdowns, rebooting and other problems ailing the Android platform I think web browser speed is the last thing on the average Android user’s mind.

    The biggest problem they have to solve for now is how to cure the suckage for which the best option seems to be shooting Google’s head of software development to death, in a metaphorical sense of course.

  2. The difference is TIME. Apple is WAY ahead, and has the time to ensure everything works properly, before shipping products out into the real world.

    While iOS 4.3 is just being released, Apple probably has iOS 5 finished to a point now where it is more complete and polished than the final shipping OS of competing products. The remaining work is just fine-tuning and nitpicking (“sweating the details”), and Apple has the time to do it right.

    While iPad 2 is just being released, there are probably working prototypes for iPad 3 in Apple’s underground secret lab already. For any other tablet maker, their shipping product is equivalent to Apple’s prototype.

    The difference is TIME. Apple is giving the competition NO time to play catch-up. Their product is not ready, but if they wait, Apple makes it obsolete and embarrassing before it even sees daylight. So they release it too soon. And we see the outcome…

    1. I agree. Steve made a comment when iPad 1 was unveiled that the iPad tablet was first created BEFORE THE IPHONE. The iPad was then put to the side to develop iPhone. Companies joining the race are not just a year behind Apple in this race, they are at least 5 or 6 years behind.

  3. I recently saw a comparative demo where the Xoom was faster than the iPad2. As an iPad owner I am frequently frustrated by the lack of Flash.. Steve Jobs may be right that HTML5 is the future but we’re living in the real world today and the fact is that Flash is more important than HTML5. I also have an Android phone and have never had a problem with web browsing.

    The most ridiculous thing that happened to me recently was trying to read a review on a BBC website of the iPad2 which I could not view on my iPad because it was flash based.

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