For f0lks interested in the raw benchmark numbers for Android’s native browser and the Firefox beta, here they are:
- Galaxy Tab: 5850.2 ms in
ChromeAndroid Browser, 2697.6 ms in Firefox
- Motorola Xoom: 2119.4 ms in
ChromeAndroid Browser, 1787.8 ms in Firefox
I haven’t yet put Firefox through the paces for usability, which of course, is an equally important aspect of any software. But for the time being, I’m going to give Firefox a chance. I’ve just set it as the primary browser for my Galaxy Tab to give it a fair shake. I might have done so sooner if I used Firefox on the desktop; the mobile browser can automatically sync bookmarks, history, saved passwords and open tabs with its desktop counterpart.
Update: Although the native Android Browser takes some user interface cues from the open source Chromium browser project — which Google’s Chrome browser is based upon — I’ve updated the post for clarity, changing “Chrome” to “Android Browser.” The name change obviously doesn’t affect the tests, but is a more accurate reflection of the browsers used.
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