Posts Tagged ‘Javascript’

LG Optimus L3 E400 SunSpider and Quadrant benchmark

October 14, 2012

The Optimus L3 E400 is one of LG’s cheapest Android smartphones. Despite having been launched this year, the phone still runs the almost two years old 2.3 Gingerbread version of the Android mobile OS and LG apparently is not very interested in updating it to more current Android versions such as 4.0 ICS or 4.1 Jelly Bean.

As a low-cost offering, LG didn’t put in the L3 the latest and greatest hardware specs but bearing in mind this phone competes around the €100 price-point it can’t be expected to have much better specs than the ones it already has.

As usual, I’ve run the SunSpider javascript benchmark in the Android stock browser.

 

As expected, the result is nothing to be proud about at 4434.1 ms, worse than competitors like the previously tested Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman. Chrome would probably be faster, but unfortunately it isn’t available for the 2.3 Gingerbread version of Android which means the small LG can’t run it.

The Quadrant benchmark overall result is also average (1092 points). Considering the really low resolution of the screen at just 240×320 (~125 pixels per inch) I was expecting the Adreno 200 GPU to achieve better results.

In the end, performance isn’t just the selling point for this LG as other features (such as price, size or battery life) might have greater impact in the buying decision process.

 

Chrome vs stock Android Browser

September 7, 2012

Since I’ve recently installed Android ICS on the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman, I’ve been able to install the Google Chrome mobile web browser that’s available in the Google Play store.

Chrome brought the fast V8 javascript engine to the Android platform, so it’s supposed to be much faster handling benchmarks like the SunSpider test.

As I wrote in the previous blog post, the Android ICS stock browser did it in 3099.8 ms, which was an improvement over the Gingerbread stock browser.

I’ve now run the same benchmark in Chrome.

As you can see above the test was completed in 2886.9 ms. Although there’s a definite improvement over the stock browser, the 200 ms advantage is not as big as I thought it would be.

I believe Chrome will eventually replace the current browser and become the default one in future versions of Android.

Opera Mobile v12 released for MeeGo Harmattan

July 10, 2012

Opera Mobile Labs for the Nokia N9 got recently an update to v12.

Although, as you can see in the screenshot above, the javascript performance didn’t improve compared to the previous version, it’s nice to see Opera Software keeping their MeeGo Harmattan version on par with the other platforms version besides the fact that, of course, it’s always good having a couple of different web browsers available.

Google Chrome now available for Apple’s iPad

June 29, 2012

Google just launched the Chrome browser for the iPad on Apple’s AppStore.

While it’s good to have another option in iOS to browse the web, does Chrome beat Safari performance-wise?

Unfortunately, Chrome is not able to take advantage of the fast javascript engine Apple built into iOS, so the SunSpider javascript benchmark result is, at least, disappointing: 7240.4 ms is just a bad result compared to Safari’s 1800 ms result.

I guess Safari will keep being my browser of choice on iOS.

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.

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.