Apr 13 AT 5:28 PM Alberto Vildosola 39 Comments

Microsoft tests WP7′s and Android’s browsers speed, we’re not surprised about the results

At Microsoft’s MIX conference this morning, the company took the opportunity to briefly make some comparisons between Windows Phone 7 and Android. One of them was browser performance, something Microsoft has been talking a lot about recently with the launch of IE9. Windows Phone VP Joe Belfiore, took a moment to test a Microsoft-built benchmark on a WP7 phone, the iPhone, and the Nexus S. Unsurprisingly, the WP7 phone bested both the iPhone and the Nexus S by a significant margin.

Now, the simple fact that Microsoft made this benchmark should raise a big, red flag. The company doesn’t exactly have the best reputation in terms of honesty. I’ll believe Microsoft’s claims once I see WP7 beating Android in an independent, impartial, third-party benchmark. Until then, this is just part of the “war of words” Microsoft and Google are having right now. What do you guys think? Is something fishy going on?

Via: GeekWire

Alberto is a college student living somewhere between Miami, Sarasota and the World Wide Web. Although a former iPhone owner, Alberto is now a proud Android enthusiast. You can follow Alberto on Twitter and Google+ for his thoughts unworthy of an article.

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  • http://Website AC MILAN

    the cheating, diving, pisspoor italian cunts got humiliated again!

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    • http://Website Batman

      >>the cheating, diving, pisspoor italian cunts got humiliated again!

      thank you grande RAUL>>

      I agree.

  • http://Website AdamJ

    I love that the test script is on the Bing site and written by them! What a joke!

    • http://Website Nick

      I love how we’re all here bashing Microsoft when most of us have not even touched a Windows Phone 7 handset. Since I write about all HTC phones, I’ve spent plenty of time with WP7 and can say that the current browser is already faster than what the stock Android browser has to offer.

      The video above is only a portion of Microsoft’s MIX 2011 WP7 Mango demonstration. Mango will be arriving later this summer and will add a lot of new features which will allow Microsoft’s devices to perform a lot better than they currently do. The feature shown off in the video demonstrated how WP7 now support hardware acceleration for rendering content in the web browser. Yes, they built the test site themselves, but it’s based on HTML5 which is an open standard.

      Let’s be open minded. If Microsoft’s new features jump ahead of Android, that’s only a good thing. It’ll force Google to go back to the drawing board to come up with even more improvements for the OS we love so much. competition is good. Windows Phone 7 is getting better and hopefully Google is taking note.

      If you have not seen the highlights from the Windows Phone 7 presentation at MIX 2011, I highly recommend that you do. Most of the things they are adding are already present in Android and iOS, but there are a few things that most of you should find interesting. http://htcsource.com/2011/04/mango-update-features-for-windows-phone-revealed/

      • http://Website Thorpeland

        Although I wouldn’t put it past MS to lean things in their favor in this type of test, I am more inclined to believe the results you’ve seen Nick. I think that’s what most of us are looking for… a 3rd party to add even the slightest credibility to MS’s claims. Because as many of us know, they have a reputation for very biased “test” results. And you’re correct, if MS is able to honestly pull out a win in browser speeds, that will only force Google to step up their game.

      • http://Website Mikey

        I agree if I didn’t have an android phone I would be rockin an HTCHD7.

  • http://Website olddog

    Comparing browsers?! Seriously?!

    I could care less about the friggin’ browsers. Compare the operating systems as a whole and then maybe we take things seriously.

  • http://Website Trevor Hayes

    More evidence that MSFT is just clueless at how to compete any more.

    They will slowly run out of cash and then be in real trouble.

    • http://Website steven

      Are you serious? You want to compare phones? I’ve rocked every kind of phone on every os, and windows is something to look out for. You need to get your head out your ass and stop acting like you know what your talking about. I love Android but things still feel like their under beta so don’t be a fanboy.

  • http://Website jose

    Hmm a speed test from their own software …of course they are being fair and honest…o.Osarcasm

  • http://Website UniqueNate

    I have to say benchmarks and 3rd party apps of all kind are rigged or just not 100% accurate for real life use. It can be little things in the software or hardware that limit it for that particular test. You can have two different benchmarks that test the same thing and one device can perform better on one then the other even though both test were made out to test the same thing. I will give credit that WP7 are really nice devices but I see this as one sided and bragging. I do love the click sound they have for their keyboard. I changed my Android click sound when typing to the WP7.

  • http://Website GalaxyGal

    Wow. It’s like I stepped into Engadget with all the fanboyism and bashing. This might be the part where you click that little red circle in the corner to make me “feel bad.”

    I own a Galaxy S and hubby has an HD7. His browser stomps the crap out of mine. It’s clean, it’s fast, and has super smooth scrolling. Even on my PC, IE9 runs better than Chrome. It’s not about whose website is used, it’s what the browser does, which is to use hardware acceleration to load pages faster and make an all around better experience for the user. Also, Firefox’s performance test runs much better on IE than Chrome.

    Microsoft has also demonstrated other websites in their browser comparisons, as have other tech sites. Some sites perform better, some don’t. Keep in mind MIX is a DEVELOPER conference. They are showing things that would appeal to and help THEM.

    • http://Website Hans

      Oddly enough, Chrome stomps IE9 and FF on my PC. O.o

      • http://Website Tommy Chooi

        sometime i think it just matter of preference after all :)

        i’ve both chrome & ff , yeap the chrome is snappier but after all i still prefer to use ff, it just felt better :D

      • http://Website Rewire

        And oddly enough for me, IE9 stomps Chrome and Firefox on my pc. I wouldn’t have left Chrome for IE9 otherwise.

    • http://Website GalaxyGal’s hubby.

      Shus… Go back to the kitchen and make me a sandwich. Thanks

      • http://Website Dnar56

        Are women even allowed to vote?

    • http://Website AdamJ

      I have a feeling you spend a lot of time on Engadget? Perhaps you have been banned countless times for trolling every single Android article?

    • http://Website Rewire

      I also happen to find it odd that this article references an arstechnica article that clears IE9 of cheating. Are you banking on people reading only the headline and not the whole article?

    • http://Website Skythe

      You lost all credibility when you said you have a Galaxy. Sorry for Galaxy owners, but I think it’s a terrible phone with awkward software that ruins the incredible hardware inside. I’ve got friends that have galaxies that love them and have “gotten it perfect” after countless tinkering, but that shouldn’t be necessary.

  • http://Website Vox

    If you read the linked article, in its entirety, you’ll find that the optimization talked about appeared at first to be cheating, but in the end appears to be a legit, albeit fragile, compiler optimization.

    That kind surface skimmed offhanded remark is not on par with what I’ve come to expect from AndroidAndMe. If I wanted this kind of ignorant reporting, I’d go read Fox News and CNN.

    • Alberto Vildosola

      You don’t need to go far to see how Microsoft bends the truth to prove a point, just see their own website where they compare IE9 to Chrome. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/internet-explorer/products/ie-9/compare-browsers

      Most of the features they say IE9 has but Chrome doesn’t, have a different name in Chrome. So they get away with saying Chrome doesn’t have “Accelerators for quick access to web services without leaving the page.” No, Chrome doesn’t have “Accelerators” ’cause in Chrome they’re called Extensions. I could give a million more examples, the Ars Technica was just one instance where Microsoft was accused of lying.

      About being biased, well this is an Android blog and we kind of like Android and the companies that support it. You can’t really expect unbiased opinion from a website called Android and Me. You don’t go to church to learn about evolution, right?

      Unlike Fox News, we don’t hide our alliance, it’s right there in the title.

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      • http://Website Oletros

        Being biased is one thing, being proud of bashing anything coming from other companies than the company we like is another thing.

        Wow, you compar itself with Fox News, uf, it says a lot about you.

        Well, there is a lot od Android sites that are not proud of being fanatics.

  • http://Website Oletros

    And where’s the difference when Froyo browser was compared to iPhone and iPad browsers on Google i/O 2010? One is our beloved Googlen and now is the so evilish M$? Really?

    I wouldn’t expect so fanboy comments here

    • Alberto Vildosola

      The test shown at Google I/O last year was the SunSpider Javascript Benchmark, an industry standard test. I’d have love to see Microsoft do this test today instead, but they didn’t and that’s why I called them out on it.

      • http://Website Oletros

        You call it out ONLY because is not Google.
        If it were Sunspider you’d the same, you’re like Fox, don’t you?

        • http://Website ari-free

          Nobody needs these irrelevant analogies.

  • http://Website carlson

    Are you dumb? The android browser blows. There is more or less no hardware acceleration so it’s choppy. The honeycomb browser doesn’t suck but that wont be on phones for a bit. Try opera on android. Its like 700x smoother. Just wish they had a unified address and search

    • http://Website iDavey

      Yet the iPhone has hardware acceleration. Yet it was dead last?

      Not to mention that when I tried my Nexus S on that same site, on wifi, it was so slow I gave up.

      So yeah, I’m with the author…something doesn’t seem right..

  • http://Website dan

    The android browser ain’t great, but nothing in Microsoft’s history gives them any credibility. Nothing to see here but a flailing, failing platform screaming for attention. Move along.

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    I am With Android

  • http://Website John

    you’re right. theyre not honest. if they were, the iphone would destroy.

  • http://Website juan

    Micro$uck and windows phone is crap.

  • http://Website protozeloz

    I Think this kind of post are kind of useless, and makes the site look bad, I reminds me of apple fanboys, please just avoid this kind of threads

  • http://www.twitter.com/dailyluke Luke

    Here’s what I can report:
    I ran the test (ietestdrive.com – speed reading) on different browsers on my mac. Safari and Chrome are about as fast as the iPhone and Nexus S. Even with GPU acceleration enabled in Chrome.

    In Firefox, the test runs perfectly smooth. I guess Microsoft does’nt like Webkit at all…

  • http://Website Nate

    I have a Nexus One and a WP7, and overall I like the Android browser better (Flash) but the WP7(DVP) browser is often speedier and smoother while navigating. WP7 is very nice especially with Zune built in, but I think I still prefer Android overall.

  • http://bartinger.at Bartinger

    if(phone != wp7)

  • Ramses

    I have a Nokia N8 and I just did the speed test. It said 60FPS and said it it was done in 08ms. Does that mean the Nokia N8 browser is the fastest browser.

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