Posts Tagged ‘Firefox’

Firefox 14 lacks Android 3.x HoneyComb support

June 28, 2012

Mozilla just launched Firefox 14 for Android and I was eager to discover if the latest version was any good.

Unfortunately, unlike what’s written in the system requirements webpage, Firefox 14 is in fact not available for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 running Android 3.2 as you can see in the picture below.

This might be related to what some people call “the Android fragmentation”, but it’s really unfortunate that a less than one year old Android tablet is not able to run the latest software like Google’s own Chrome browser…

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Firefox 13 for MeeGo Harmattan

June 25, 2012

Firefox keeps getting updated at a regular pace for the Nokia N9, version 11 and 12 came in a quick succession and now Firefox 13 has arrived at the Nokia Store.

After a failed initial release and a few days missing from the Nokia Store, I was successfully able to install it and run the SunSpider javascript benchmark.

The test ran in approximately the same time as the previous version, which is also, more or less, the same time the PR1.2 stock browser took to complete it: definitely not a brilliant result although acceptable if we took the not so high-end SoC into consideration.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 SunSpider Browser Benchmark

June 15, 2012

Recently I’ve been using a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, last year’s Samsung flagship tablet that runs Android HoneyComb (3.2).

This device was, probably, the main iPad 2 competitor, so I was curious about how it performed. I ran the SunSpider javascript benchmark on several different browsers I found on the Play Store.

One of the browsers I was most curious to try was the Google Chrome browser that recently got an Android version but unfortunately it only runs on the latest 4.0 ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich) version of Android so it was a no-go.

Nevertheless I tried several other browser as you can see below:

The stock Android HoneyComb web browser scored 2304.4 ms, so this can be seen as a base line for the other third-party browsers.

Dolphin browser (version 8.2.1) completed the benchmark test in 2439.7 ms, which is a little worst than the stock browser regarding javascript performance.

Mozilla’s Firefox, version 10.0.5, performed surprisingly good, running the test in 1883.4 ms, result that almost competes with the iPad 2 Safari result (that was around 1800 ms)!

The Firefox Beta, currently available at the Play store in version 14.0, performed worst than the stable v10 version, completing the benchmark in 1983.4 ms.

Opera Mobile, currently at version 12.0, ran it in 2094.7 ms which, compared to Firefox, is not brilliant although better than the Android 3.2 stock browser.

Finally, Skyfire 4.1.0 ran it in 2276.2 ms which is about the same as the stock browser, so, not a result to be particularly proud of.

Although packing a Tegra 2 SoC and more RAM, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 does not beat the theoretically less powerful iPad 2, that’s still the king of my SunSpider tests on tablets, with a result as low as 1744.0 ms achieved with iOS 5.0.1.

Firefox 12 for the N9 just released

April 30, 2012

Back in February I witnessed the release of Firefox 10 for the Nokia N9. In March Firefox 11 was released and now Firefox 12 arrived to the N9 Nokia Store!

While overall I believe there’s a slight improvement on the browser performance, there is a couple of things I didn’t like:

  • The update from v11 failed to install. Although it downloaded the installation package successfully the phone wasn’t able to complete the update. Rebooting the phone didn’t help. I had to uninstall Firefox v11 first and then I was able to install Firefox v12. Not a very elegant solution for a problem that shouldn’t exist in the first place.
  • The javascript performance not only didn’t improve but actually got worse. Not slightly worse but significantly worse: 3845.1 ms, which is disappointing compared to the result Firefox v10 achieved (3284.8 ms).
Meanwhile I finally got the PR1.2 update. It took a long time to receive it because apparently Nokia delayed almost two months the release of the update for the unlocked “Country Variant” devices like mine. I installed it as an update over the air (OTA).
Now I’m wondering if this kind of delta update is somehow influencing the bad Firefox 12 javascript performance and if I had used NSU (Nokia Software Updater) to install the complete PR1.2 firmware image would have helped the overall phone performance.

Firefox 11 released for Nokia N9

March 14, 2012

In a previous blog post I wondered if Firefox 11 was going to bring some javascript performance enhancements.

Firefox v11.0 was recently released on the Nokia Store for the N9 and I’ve just ran the SunSpider benchmark on it.

Unfortunately, as you can see above, Firefox 11 not only did not improve the performance over the previous version, but the result actually got worst, taking 3387.1 ms to complete the test while Firefox 10 took 3284.8 ms to complete it, around 100 ms less than the latest version.

MeeGo / Harmattan PR1.2 update for the N9 was officialy released a couple of weeks ago but unfortunately, the “Country Variant” firmware version of my N9 is yet to receive the update, so I’m still not able to enjoy all the new features and hopefully the performance improvements.

Firefox vs Opera Mobile javascript performance on the N9

February 26, 2012

I’m quite pleased with the N9’s built-in web browser performance but some might think it’s a little light on the features, options or customizations.

Recently, two new competing web browsers became available for free at the Nokia Store for the N9:

Mozilla Firefox v10.0.2

Opera Mobile Labs v11.50.21

While both of them offer plenty more features than the stock webkit-based web browser, my main concern was if any of them brought significant improvements on the javascript performance over the built-in one.

I’ve run the SunSpider javascript benchmark on both browsers and below you can see the results Firefox and Opera, respectively, achieved.

As you can see, Firefox did it in 3284.8 ms and Opera completed the same test in 5772.3 ms.

Opera took substantially more time than Firefox doing the same benchmark, so it definitely has a lot of room for improvement on future updates.

The Firefox result is quite good, but not that impressive, since it’s more or less the same result the stock browser already achieved. As you can see in a previous blog post, the stock browser made it in 3466.6 ms which is only slightly slower than the Firefox one. Maybe Firefox 11, already launched on Android, comes with javascript performance enhancements that will allow it to become significantly faster than the stock browser.

N9’s PR1.2 firmware update is expected to arrive soon, so let’s see if the stock browser also gets some performance improvements.