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We use our Android devices for everything. Calling, texting, checking email, scrolling through social media – you name it. Not everything is done through an app, though. We often have to use a browser. And while Chrome comes pre-installed on every Android device, is it really the fastest Android browser?

We’ve taken it upon ourselves to find if it is. We subjected 10 of the best Android browsers to a series of tests and benchmarks. This will help us find out which is the top performer for your everyday needs.

Also read: Common Android problems and how to fix them


Aims, method, and limitations

Our aim for conducting these tests is to provide extensive (but not necessarily exhaustive), objective, and measurable data, helpful in deciding which Android browser to favor for daily use.

We tested the following specific browser versions:

As of this writing, the browser versions listed above are the most current. They’re also the ones we used for the tests.

Test device used

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We’re conducting all tests with the LG V60 ThinQ. It features capable specs, can handle any browser, and should provide a uniform experience across the board. This way, we ensure the phone’s capabilities are not a bottleneck for browser performance. It’s running Android 11 and has been factory reset to avoid any influence from other apps and services. We’ve only loaded the mentioned browsers and made sure to update the device to the latest software available.


Reboots

Before each test, the LG V60 ThinQ was rebooted to ensure the tests ran on a clean slate. Browsing data, history, cookies, and other browser app data were also cleared before running each test, except in the cached page loading test. We wanted to minimize the possible influence of other apps or data upon the test results.

Also, to improve data accuracy, we ran each test or benchmark three times and computed the arithmetic mean or simple average of the three recorded results.


Areas tested

Our series of tests covered these general areas:

  • JavaScript and overall browser performance
  • Page loading speed

More: Tips to make your Android device faster


Fastest Android browsers: Performance

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To test JavaScript and overall browser performance, we used the following popular and well-known benchmark suites:

These tools measure browser processes, such as page loading, JavaScript performance, HTML capabilities, etc., and represent the browser’s “performance” with a numeric score. Scores will vary from time to time, even when the same benchmark is run on the same device.


SunSpider 1.0.2

We first conducted the SunSpider benchmark, designed to test the core JavaScript abilities of the browser. Measured in milliseconds, a low score means faster/better performance.

Sunspider browser tests

Mozilla Firefox beats the competition by a wide margin. Even Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome struggle to catch up with it, both falling behind by over 60ms.


Mozilla Kraken 1.1

After SunSpider, we ran Mozilla Kraken. Like SunSpider, it measures the browser’s JavaScript performance through the use of “different test cases extracted from real-world applications and libraries.” The Mozilla Foundation develops the benchmark.

As with SunSpider, the score is in milliseconds; a smaller score means better performance.

Mozilla Kraken 1.1 browser tests

The tables turned a little with this one. Brave and Lynket managed to speed past Firefox. Meanwhile, our beloved Chrome has fallen all the way down to 9th place.


Basemark Web 3.0

Basemark Web 3.0 takes things to another level with a much more complex testing system. It uses various system and graphic processes to see how browsers stack up against the competition. It considers low-level JavaScript calculations, graphically intense content like WebGL 2.0, and other JavaScript frameworks like JQuery, Angular, and Backbone. It’s a more elaborate benchmark with 20 tests.

With this one, a higher score is better.

Basemark Web 3.0 browser tests

Lynket takes the leadership here, with Dolphin taken second place and DuckDuckGo staying strong in third.


Octane 2.0

Octane is a JavaScript benchmark that runs a suite of tests that simulate certain apps. It measures the time a test takes to complete and then gives us an inversely proportional score. This means that a higher number equates to better performance.

Octane 2.0 browser tests

Wow. Lynket is on a roll here. DuckDuckGo is also proving to be a consistent contender staying on top of the charts on multiple tests.


Speedometer 2.0

Speedometer measures the responsiveness of web apps, simulating user actions. These include adding, completing, and removing to-do items using multiple examples in TodoMVC. A higher score means better performance.

Speedometer 2.0 browser tests

DuckDuckGo and Lynket stay on top again. Meanwhile. the most popular browsers keep falling to the bottom.


Fastest Android browsres: Conclusion

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After conducting all the tests for this post, we affirmed a notion that we’ve always held to be true: “the fastest Android browser” doesn’t exist in an absolute or universal sense. But it seems Lynket and DuckDuckGo take the leadership in most tests. We can also tell Google, Microsoft, and Samsung browser, while popular, are far from being the best. They actually tend to fall in the middle or bottom-end of the graph for most benchmarks.

It’s true it’s not all about speed, though. Many of these browsers can also bring other valuable elements to the table. Chrome’s integration with Google’s services is unmatched, and it already comes in all Android browsers. You can seamlessly sync all bookmarks, contacts, passwords, and history. Brave and DuckDuckGo are amazing for privacy buffs who want to keep their digital data as confidential as possible. Opera has a crypto wallet if you’re into that. Lynket has interesting features like browsing floating bubbles and syncing with other browsers. Firefox offers a more refined experience and advanced features many love.

Next: The best Android browsers available

You have to take everything into account when choosing the right browser. But numbers don’t lie! Those looking for the absolute fastest Android browser in terms of raw performance will see a pattern here. Your best bet for speedy page loading are Lynket and DuckDuckGo.