Posts Tagged ‘Mozilla’

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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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 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.