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iOS 6 Safari Smokes IE 10 & Android Mobile Browsers In HTML5 Rendering Speed Tests

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Recent tests run by WPCentral regarding HTML5 rendering speeds on various mobile platforms reveal that Safari in iOS 6 beta is faster than Internet Explorer 10 browser for Windows Phone 8 as well as the Android 4.0 mobile browser (via iMore). According to the speed tests, Windows Phone 8 came in at a total score of 300 plus 6 bonus points while Android 4.0 managed a 280 plus 3 bonus points. Safari under iOS 6 came in with a total of 360 points plus 9 bonus points.

Detailing from the source:

While SunSpider may show Windows Phone 8 pulling ahead for JavaScript, Safari under iOS 6 bested both Windows Phone 8 IE and Ice Cream Sandwich when it came to HTML5 rendering. 

Interestingly, our other sibling site, CrackBerry.com pointed out that RIM’s still-in-beta browser, Torch on BlackBerry 10, pulls off a staggering 447 points plus 10 bonus points. So the bar for everyone is clearly still being raised.

Given Jelly Bean wasn’t even used yet, and Windows Phone 8, BlackBerry 10, and iOS 6 are all still in beta, none of this means too much yet. Other than, you know, geeks love numbers.

The truth is, browser rendering speed battles are a little like megapixel races in cameras. They’re all so good now it doesn’t really make much of a difference to humans, but they’re also good enough now that raw speed can start giving way to better quality and functionality.

It will be interesting to see how these numbers change between now and when these browsers go out of beta.

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  • JMCD23

    Smoking Internet Explorer shouldn’t count for anything 😛 In any case it’s good to see competition on this.

  • XS

    Chrome on Android 4.1.1 shows 369 plus 11 bonus points. Still ahead of every other in the market.

  • winnertakesteve

    I think the article author has misinterpreted the meaning of these test results. This test measures support for HTML5 features and has absolutely nothing to do with rendering speed. They even explicitly state on the testing site that they do not attempt to test the actual functionality of any of the detected features.

    Still a useful test, but nothing to do with determining who is fastest.

  • jabohn

    You are correct winnertakesteve… this article is a misrepresentation of the source.

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