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Need for speed: What's the fastest Android browser?
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.
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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:
- Google Chrome (91.0.4472.120)
- Dolphin Browser (12.2.3)
- Mozilla Firefox (89.1.1)
- Brave Browser (1.25.73)
- Samsung Internet Browser (18.104.22.168)
- DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser (5.88.0)
- Microsoft Edge (46.05.4.5158)
- Opera (63.3.3216.58675)
- Lynket (2.1.3)
- Ecosia (4.3.0)
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
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.
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.
Our series of tests covered these general areas:
- Page loading speed
Fastest Android browsers: Performance
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
As with SunSpider, the score is in milliseconds; a smaller score means better performance.
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
With this one, a higher score is better.
Lynket takes the leadership here, with Dolphin taken second place and DuckDuckGo staying strong in third.
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 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.
DuckDuckGo and Lynket stay on top again. Meanwhile. the most popular browsers keep falling to the bottom.
Fastest Android browsres: Conclusion
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.
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.