Canadian firm Blaze Software released a study this morning showing that Android’s Chrome browser had load times that left Apple’s iPhone version of Safari in the dust. Taking over 45,000 measurements, the study found Android 2.3 was, on average, 52 percent faster and that it beat the iPhone’s iOS 4.3 at 84 percent of sites. Not only that, the study found that Android beat Safari by about a second when it came to load times. Android had a median time of 2.144 seconds to the iPhone’s 3.254 seconds.
But soon after the study was released, The Loop’s Jim Darymple raised questions about its methodology.
For its study, Blaze used the embedded browsers on the iPhone and Google Nexus S, which Gartner analyst Michael Gartenberg says just isn’t fair to Safari. “It’s not an apples to apples test,” he told Darymple.
On its site, Blaze has issued the following update:
Anyone out there done their own informal tests? And would a second of load time make or break anyone’s decision when buying a handset?