Posts Tagged ‘Performance’

Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman performance with Android ICS

August 30, 2012

Sony Ericsson promised that all the 2011 Xperia line along with the Live with Walkman model would get updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

They took their time and the carriers also took an extra time before releasing the firmware to the carrier-locked devices. Recently I was finally able to go through the ICS update process with the Live with Walkman I’ve posted a short hands-on a while ago.

The update process is pretty straight forward as long as you know how to use a computer, since Sony Ericsson (now only Sony without the Ericsson part) demands the user to connect the phone to the PC Companion Windows software or to the Bridge for Mac app in order to get Android 4.0. Apparently the update it too big to be handled as a simple OTA (over the air) update!

Sony also warns on their website that Android 4.0 is heavier than the older 2.x versions and that might have a negative impact on how the smartphone performs.

I’ve installed the official Android 4.0.4 update and ran the Quadrant benchmark to check if the update had any impact on the performance figures.

The score is, as the manufacturer warned, lower than before: 1381 is indeed not as good as the score Android Gingerbread achieved, around eighteen hundred points.

I’ve run the test twice to see if there was any improvement in the second run but, as you can see below, it just got a little bit worst, achieving 1362 points: disappointing!

I also ran the SunSpider web-browser javascript benchmark and fortunately, unlike the Quadrand score, the results improved as you can see below.

Now the test is completed in 3099.8 ms which is better than the old result (3342.7 ms)!

Overall, and despite the bugs and the performance hit, I do recommend updating because newer apps require Android 4.0 ICS to run, like Google’s own Chrome web browser!

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.

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.

BlackBerry 9360 SunSpider benchmark and HTML5 support

February 28, 2012

Recently I’ve had the opportunity to try the latest OS from RIM, the BlackBerry OS 7, on the Curve 9360.

The Curve 9360 is a small qwerty smartphone that, as far as I’ve tested, provides a decent overall performance.

One of the things I ran was the SunSpider javascript benchmark:

As you can see above, it completed the test in 6092.3 ms, which is not bad considering the CPU runs at just 800 MHz. I wonder, though, if the BB OS 7.1 update will provide some improved javascript performance.

The thing that really surprised me was the overall compatibility with the websites I tested the stock browser with. It actually supports HTML5 and got a neat result in the html5test.com website as you can see below.