Chrome finally beats the default Android browser in benchmarks

by: Bogdan PetrovanMarch 5, 2013


Google released the latest update to Chrome for Android yesterday, with one of the main improvements over the previous version being the updated V8 JavaScript engine. According to Google, the new Chrome 25.0.1364.123 should be noticeably faster than v.24, with a touted average speed improvement of 25% in Google’s own Octane benchmark.

The inquisitive spirits at Ars Technica have decided to see if the new Chrome is as fast as Google claims. The simplest way to do that was to run the same benchmarks on the same device on the two versions of Chrome.

First, the Ars team used a Galaxy S3 running Samsung’s Android implementation and three browsers – the old version of Chrome, the new version of Chrome, and the stock Android browser. The browsers were tested with three web benchmarks, SunSpider 0.9.1, Kraken 1.1, and Octane v1.

The second setup comprised of a Nexus 7 running stock Android 4.2.2 and the same benchmarks. This time, only the two versions of Chrome were tested, because Google ships Chrome as the default browser on Android 4.2.


The results were consistent across the benchmarks – the new Chrome for Android 25 is much faster than the previous version, and also beats the Android browser. While Ars Technica wasn’t able to replicate the 25% score improvement that Google announced, the results were good enough to give Google a passing score.

Along with the speed improvements, the latest version of Chrome for Android comes with support for new HTML5 features, optimizations of the scroll and swipe behavior, and bug fixes. Try it now or update your existing version from Google Play.

Head over to the link source for the full rundown.

  • Bone

    It still does over 1500ms in SunSpider where the SIII stock JB browser goes under 1200. But they’re getting there.

  • still no flash compatibility haha

  • MasterMuffin

    Still slow as hell :( I keep using the beta just for support and because I hope it will be fast someday!

    • RarestName

      I enjoy the features that Chrome offers but I really, really, REALLY dislike how sluggish it is as compared to the old Android browser.

      • MasterMuffin

        I’m getting pretty mad. I got a gmail informing that you have replied to my comment. I open the link with Chrome and here starts the trouble: For the first few seconds it keeps re-directing. Then when it shows the page, it’s blurry for about 10 seconds! Next the disqus starts loading. When it has loaded Chrome freezes for few seconds. Then it jumps at the bottom of the page. I finally find your comment and try to press reply. It doesn’t do anything. I press it again. NOTHING. Press it 3rd time and Chrome freezes again for few seconds. Then I FINALLY start writing this comment and the text lags so that it comes with a small delay so that when I have wrote the words already, Chrome then thinks that maybe it’s time to show the text. Now I’m really mad. I’m pretty sure that when I press the “post as MasterMuffin” to post this comment, Chrome will freeze again. FUUUUUUUUUUUU seriously Google, you’ve got to do something. Also Chrome eats RAM like delicious biscuits. Phone is sgs3 so the problem is not that the phone is slow or something. Rage: govihidooapaofphpbpypeppwldkgvkvlgkndnsslflcopwqpqpqpeptpyphphok(;(;(_(-8:828_8-)?((kfkklwowopqpwplfkgckckcmxmzmmfmglödösöaäspfphphpöjöjoblcll

        • RarestName

          I suddenly have the urge to eat chocolate muffins :D

          • MasterMuffin

            Go eat dem muffins :D

          • RarestName


  • Tim lefa

    Who really cares if chrome is a bit faster? The BIG question is were the h*** is the flash support?

    • MasterMuffin

      Not there and never will be

  • Tim lefa

    So what. Flash compability is still abscent…

    • Swapnil Chitnis

      Chrome will NEVER support Flash. Modern web developers are now going to abandon Flash for HTML5/CSS/JS/jQuery.

      • MasterMuffin


        • Tim lefa

          Exactly. Flash isn’t going anywere in the near future, so why is google making this choice?

          • DetroitTech

            Because Steve Jobs said so… Seriously he really smeared Flash. It was a pivitol time when the iSheep were ruling the mobile game and did as he said. And he said abandon Flash because it’s “slow and a security risk”… That was very D-bag’ish of him IMHO as html5 is kind of sucky compared to Flash and it’s tools. Vector animation is awesome too bad the masses aren’t savvy enough to realize it. I guess we’ll just have to go back to square one and wait for HTML5 to catch up to where Flash is. Then someone will complain HTML5 is “buggy and a security risk” and promote their preferred platform.

            Dumb asses.

  • GinjaNinja32

    “also beats the Android browser.” Unless you’re on 4.2 (or is it just Nexus devices?), in which case the Android browser /is/ Chrome xD

    • Skripka Skripka

      PACMan ROM includes the Browser [not-Chrome] as the stock browser in 4.2 builds ;)

      That said it is a shame since Chrome v25 yields absolutely shitty blurry font rendering on many devices….needs an update fix to even be usable here.

  • Evan Wickes

    where is chrome beta??

  • Timmy

    Wonder how it compares to Maxthon? It may not have all the bells and whistles as some of the others but it’s fast.

  • I keep enjoying my opera mini and opera mobile.

  • Randy Dunson

    Adobe Flash support?