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Which Web Browser Should You Run On Your Android Device?

Chrome, Dolphin, Firefox, Maxthon, Opera, Sleipnir

Android Web Browser Grand Prix Competitors

Android Browser

Vendor:GoogleLayout Engine:WebKitCurrent Version:4.1.1Supported Platforms:Android

Chrome

Vendor:GoogleLayout Engine:WebKitCurrent Version:18.1025464Supported Platforms:Android (4.0+), ChromeOS, iOS, Linux, OS X, WindowsDownload Chrome for Android

Dolphin

Vendor:MoboTapLayout Engine:WebKitCurrent Version:9.0.3 (Jetpack 1.0.2)Supported Platforms:Android, iOSDownload Dolphin for Android

Firefox

Vendor:MozillaLayout Engine:GeckoCurrent Version:17.0Supported Platforms:Android (4.0+), iOS, Linux, OS X, WindowsDownload Firefox for Android

Maxthon

Vendor:Maxthon InternationalLayout Engine:WebKitCurrent Version:1.7Supported Platforms:Android, iOS, OS X, WindowsDownload Maxthon for Android

Opera Mobile

Vendor:Opera SoftwareLayout Engine:PrestoCurrent Version:12.10Supported Platforms:Android, iOS, Linux, OS X, WindowsDownload Opera Mobile for Android

Sleipnir

Vendor:Fenrir IncLayout Engine:WebKitCurrent Version:2.5Supported Platforms:Android, iOS, OS X, WindowsDownload Sleipnir for Android

A few tests had to be swapped from the iOS article we ran previously. Let's check out the new test system specs, as well as the changes made to our benchmark suite.

  • 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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