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Which Web Browser Should You Run On Your Android Device?

Responsiveness And Security

Responsiveness

The general responsiveness test consists of subjectively evaluating the scrolling smoothness of each browser while loading the Tom's Hardware homepage, with the mobile version of the site and the WBGP delicious page loaded in background tabs. The browsers are scored between 0 and 5, with 0 being a crash/freeze and 5 being completely fluid.

Chinese browser Maxthon is eerily smooth during page loads, though not perfect like Safari or its iOS counterpart. That's why we give it a 4.5. Firefox, despite its often-heinous UI lag, manages to keep content comparatively smooth. Dolphin and Sleipnir are practically the same in terms of scroll lag, while Chrome and Opera are noticeably worse.

Security

BrowserScope Security holds the browsers up to 17 different security checkpoints.

Chrome again steals the show, passing 16 out of the 17 security tests, while Firefox passes 13 tests to earn second place. The stock Android browser, Dolphin, Maxthon, and Sleipnir all pass 12 tests to tie for third place. Opera Mobile comes up short, passing just ten security checkpoints.

  • mayankleoboy1
    "Stock Android Browser" is a myth. There is NO "Stock" android browser.
    Each device manufacturer (Samsung, Asus, Lg, HTC) customise/modify the "stock" browser to match the SoC, the TDP, power saving, and specific browser benchmark targeted, for that device.

    So this "Stock" browser is actually a modified browser, customised by ASUS to work better with a Tegra3 SoC, in some specifc benchmarks which Asus thinks are more important than others. Its not a representative of all android devices.
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  • mayankleoboy1
    Sunspider and Kraken are crap benchmarks. All browsers target these benchmarks for specifc optimisations, that are never actually used on the web.
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  • aznshinobi
    9539316 said:
    "Stock Android Browser" is a myth. There is NO "Stock" android browser.
    Each device manufacturer (Samsung, Asus, Lg, HTC) customise/modify the "stock" browser to match the SoC, the TDP, power saving, and specific browser benchmark targeted, for that device.

    So this "Stock" browser is actually a modified browser, customised by ASUS to work better with a Tegra3 SoC, in some specifc benchmarks which Asus thinks are more important than others. Its not a representative of all android devices.

    When you're running a Nexus device, it's a stock browser...
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  • adamovera
    mayankleoboy1Sunspider and Kraken are crap benchmarks. All browsers target these benchmarks for specifc optimisations, that are never actually used on the web.SunSpider is the next to go for sure, but I haven't heard a ton of criticism regarding Kraken yet. Between BrowserMark, Peacekeeper, and RIABench, we could withdraw all the vendor-developed JS tests.
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  • tiret
    give me a browser with flash support then we'll talk
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  • mayankleoboy1
    ^ coming soon to firefox. Project Shumway.
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  • tiret
    ^ interesting. lets hope it works out... my gf is rather pissed that she can't play farmville on my galaxy tab.
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  • fwupow
    I've already figured out that Chrome isn't so hot, but the reason why Chrome still wins for me is that it synchronizes bookmarks, passwords, history and a bunch of other stuff across all my computers and devices. That is an indispensable feature for me.
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  • wildkitten
    tiretgive me a browser with flash support then we'll talkSince Adobe themselves has ended Flash development for all mobile platforms, I don't think you will see many browsers keeping support for it for long. Likely in a year, maybe 18 months, you won't see any support for Flash as, well, what's the point.
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  • Firefox Beta has flash support once you download and install the flash apk - I have it working well on my Nexus 7
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