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.

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