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The largest-ever research study of smartphone browser performance, with over 45,000 measurements on the latest iPhone and Android devices, has found that Android was 52 percent faster than the iPhone, on average. The purpose was to determine which of the two leading smart phone vendors has the fastest browser, according to Blaze.
The study used real phones on real-world websites to make the measurements. Past studies have often used fabricated benchmark sites or manual measurements on a small number of sites. The company developed custom apps for the mobile devices (iPhone 4 with iOS 4.2, iPhone 4 with iOS 4.2, Galaxy S with Android 2.2, and Nexus S with Android 2.3), which loaded a page on demand and measured how long it took.