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Android 50% Faster Than iPhone in Web Speed

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Wow. It wasn't even close.

In the battle of mobile OS supremacy, Android has cleared a few hurdles. It's now the number one mobile platform in the US -- having beaten Apple and Research in Motion in market share. According to one job market site, it boasts more job opportunities for developers than the iPhone. And if the Apple rumors are true, Google will be developing near field communication technology long before Apple.

But many would argue that sales, developer employment, and NFC doesn't affect the average user. They just want a fast, solid smartphone. Well, a recent study puts Android ahead again.

Way ahead.

According to a study conducted by the mobile website optimization company, Android is leagues faster in downloading web pages than the iPhone -- a whopping 50% faster. Across 40,000 downloads of web pages belonging to the Fortune 1,000 companies, Android trounced the iPhone -- rendering sites 52% faster. For a Nexus S running Android 2.3 and the default Chrome browser, the average load time was 2.144 seconds. For an iPhone 4 running iOS 4.3 and the Safari browser, the time jumped to 3.254 seconds.

Graph courtesy of Wired:

The tests were conducted over Wi-Fi and 3G wireless connections with no other applications running in the background. In doing so, Android bested the iPhone 84% of the time. The study read, "Android wasn't just faster overall, but rather provided a faster browsing experience four times out of five."

Blaze noted that when loading websites customized for mobile devices -- which numbered 175 out of the 1,000 sites tested -- the iPhone improved its performance, boosting its speed 39%. Android only improved its speed by 8% on mobile-customized sites, but still rendered them faster than the iPhone.

Needless to say, the company was surprised by the results.

"We assumed that similar hardware specs and the same WebKit foundation would make iPhone and Android's browsers perform equally. We assumed that a faster JavaScript engine equals a faster browser. We assumed that 3G would be way slower than WiFi, even under good conditions. All of these assumptions have been proven wrong when we actually measured those scenarios. Without measuring, you don't know when and where you need to optimize."

While the Google fans rejoice, this will be a hard set of results for both Cupertino and the vehement anti-Android lot to live down.

(See also: Android Is Now Number One, Should You Wait on Buying Android's Best 4G Smartphone?, and Despite Apple's Delay, Google Forging Ahead with NFC

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