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RoboHornet Results: Ubuntu And Android

Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS (Precise Pangolin)

Ubuntu recently released the first service pack for its very first Long Term Support (LTS) edition of Ubuntu with the controversial Unity user interface.

Chrome 21 takes the lead on Ubuntu at nearly 80% above baseline, followed by Opera 12 in second place. That leaves Firefox 15 in last place, scoring just 19% above baseline.

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Chrome 21

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Firefox 15

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Opera 12

Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean)

So far, only the stock Android browser and Chrome are able to complete RoboHornet. We also attempted to run Dolphin, Maxthon, Opera, and Sleipnir, but they either had issues starting the test, or simply froze for an unacceptable length of time (over 30 minutes).

Although it took far longer to run (and it fought us the whole way), the stock Android browser beat Chrome on Android, 38% to 11%.

  • aicom
    Nice to see that IE10 has got some fight in it. I haven't really used it much on Win8 after installing Chrome though. If IE can get that plugin ecosystem that Firefox and Chrome have plus some of the nice cloud syncing stuff with Win8/RT/Phone that Safari and Chrome do with their mobile brethren, I'd definitely consider IE.

    They've got to quit bundling OS updates and IE together though. Otherwise, they get left behind when all the other browsers get updated, but IE doesn't. When IE 9 came out, it was quite the monster too, but 3 years is a long time for other browsers to catch and easily overtake it.
  • puddleglum
    Good to see the browsers broken out by OS. Not everyone runs MS.
  • How about firefox on android ?
  • adamovera
    hheexxHow about firefox on android ?Didn't work. It may eventually finish but it spent way too long on the first test, pretty much the same story with Maxthon, Opera, and Sleipnir on Android. Same deal on iOS. They specifically mentioned that mobile was not yet supported, but it will be a priority in the future. Maxthon took a very long time on Windows, OS X, and Android, so I aborted it, but I have a feeling that it would finish eventually (could literally be hours though, and I didn't have time to wait). If anyone reports Maxthon, Sleipnir or Camino actually finishing the test, I'll give them another go and update the article accordingly.
  • aaab
    2 out of 17 benchmark(s) failed.

    My poor work PC :(
  • What an awful collection of microbenchmarks. Go read Hennessy and Patterson; the best benchmarks are real apps, not tiny little tests that measure a single thing.
  • mayankleoboy1
    IE10's win on Win8 makes me wonder if the benchmark makes use of specialised data arrays, which are supported in IE10 only.

    In normal use, IE10 performs worse than FF15, so i dont see how it scored that much better.
  • alikum
    mayankleoboy1IE10's win on Win8 makes me wonder if the benchmark makes use of specialised data arrays, which are supported in IE10 only.In normal use, IE10 performs worse than FF15, so i dont see how it scored that much better.How exactly? I'm using IE10 for work and home and it's been superb thus far, with 0 crashes. Can't say the same for FF. It's a memory hog.
  • mayankleoboy1
    ^ to each his own :)

    FWIW, the actual mozilla developers had no clue about this benchmark prior to this article. Infact, they have started working on this benchmark after someone reported this article. So IMO, the presence of Mozilla is marginal at best in the overseeing member committee

    And, mozila has only one representative. More than half of the committee members are google people. Makes me wonder if there is some unintentional bias....
  • freggo
    Win 7 with Firefox 15.0.1

    typed as the URL and get a friendly 404 error.
    Actually have to use !

    Now isn't that kinda sad ? :-)