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Browsers on Android can have different rendering engines, so some browsers can be faster than others. We benchmarked the popular Android browsers to figure out which are fastest and which are slowest.

What We Measured (and What We Didn’t)

To try to give you an unbiased benchmark, we ran Rightware’s Browsermark here. This tool lets us compare how different browsers perform with actual hard data and not subjective opinions like “this browser seemed to scroll more smoothly.” Browsermark measures JavaScript performance like most browser benchmarks, but it also loads pages, scrolls around, renders 3D graphics, and stresses the browser in other ways.

These benchmarks were performed on a Nexus 4 Google Nexus 4 Review and Giveaway Google Nexus 4 Review and Giveaway Even though I am an iPhone user and have been since the first generation iPhone was announced by the late Steve Jobs back in 2007, I've tried to keep an open mind about viable alternatives.... Read More running Google’s official build of Android 4.2.2. The numerical scores here are useful only in comparison to each other — a higher score is better. The version numbers we provide are the same versions displayed in Browsermark.

Chrome

Tested: Mobile Chrome 34 with Webkit 537

Result: 884

Chrome is the default browser on new Android devices. We might expect it to be speedy on Android, as it is on the desktop. It’s the baseline here because you’re probably already using it. Chrome has struggled with performance and was probably introduced as the default browser too early, but it’s improved a lot. Scrolling performance has improved quite a bit in the last year.

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Android’s Stock Browser

Tested: Mobile Google Chrome 30 with Webkit 537

Result: 432

Most Android phones and tablets don’t include the default — or “stock” — browser anymore, so we had to install it with the AOSP Browser Installer app, which requires root access How to Easily Root, Unroot and Unlock any Nexus Device How to Easily Root, Unroot and Unlock any Nexus Device The great thing about the Nexus devices like the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 is that they're easily upgradable, they're free of any bloatware provided by vendors and carriers, and they're made to be tinkered... Read More . This app installs the Browser app included with the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) code on devices that don’t come with it.

Android’s stock browser was widely considered to perform better than Chrome before Chrome was released. It’s clear that Chrome has now caught up and surpassed it. This browser’s rendering engine is clearly outdated.

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Firefox

Tested: Firefox for Mobile 29 with Gecko 29

Result: 644

Unsurprisingly, Firefox performed noticeably slower than Chrom Android Firefox Now Faster With Fantastic New Features [Updates] Android Firefox Now Faster With Fantastic New Features [Updates] If you were one of the users frustrated by the problems with the Firefox app on Android when it first launched, then you are in luck. Mozilla just issued a massive update that overhauls every... Read More e and other WebKit-based browsers. Firefox uses its own Gecko rendering engine, and Firefox on Android was quite slow when it was first introduced. It’s improved by leaps and bounds, but still falls noticably behind other Android browsers in performance.

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Opera

Tested: Mobile Opera Next 21 with Webkit 537

Result: 867

Opera performed fairly similarly to Chrome. Chrome has a bit of an edge, but that may be within the margin of error. Opera and Chrome are both WebKit-based, and Opera is now even based on Chrome. However, there may still be some differences under the hood that affect performance here.

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Dolphin (without Jetpack)

Tested: Mobile Google Chrome 30 with Webkit 537

Result: 465 (Not representative)

We had to run this test with “Dolphin Jetpack” disabled. This means that the test won’t be representative. With Jetpack enabled, the browser benchmark failed at a certain point and wouldn’t continue. We ran it several times in a row and encountered the same problem each time, but the test ran just fine the first time we tested with Jetpack disabled. Jetpack should help Dolphin perform faster — it makes Dolphin use its own rendering engine instead of the one built into Android — so Dolphin should be faster in real use than it performed in this test.

The slow performance and version number suggest Dolphin uses the stock browser’s rendering engine when you disable Jetpack. We wouldn’t be surprised if Dolphin performed similarly to Chrome or Opera with Jetpack enabled, as it would be using a modern WebKit engine.

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And the Fastest Browser Is…

Google Chrome was the fastest browser we tested, but Opera wasn’t far behind. Firefox is noticeably behind, but it’s certainly usable. Dolphin may be competitive with the top browsers if you leave Jetpack enabled. The stock Android browser comes in last, so it’s time for you to upgrade if you’re still using that.

You may choose to use a “slower” browser because you like the interface or because it has features that let you work faster. For example, if you use Firefox on the desktop, Firefox for Android may be the “fastest” browser for you because it lets you work with your same bookmarks and open tabs. You may also prefer Firefox for Android because it supports extensions Unmissable Addons For Firefox On Your Android Device Unmissable Addons For Firefox On Your Android Device Firefox for Android has a trick up its sleeve: Add-ons. Just as Firefox offers a more powerful extension system than Chrome on the desktop, it beats Chrome for Android by supporting extensions. You can install... Read More , while most other Android browsers don’t.

Do you prefer a different browser, or does one of these browsers just not feel fast in real use even if it benchmarks well? Leave a comment and let us know!

Image Credit: Karlis Dambrans on Flickr

  1. Tushar Shah
    November 17, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Why not tested UC Browser
    &
    Now a days VC BROWSER id FASTER THEN UC Browser.

    VC browser works very fast even in 2G Network.

  2. droid user
    September 26, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    Yandex is the fastest mobile browser on the market. You should test it nothing can compare to the speed of Yandex. Even when your network is limited to specific speeds it can load sites 10x faster.

  3. Jon P
    July 25, 2016 at 12:17 am

    I like SRIron as it does not track you lie Chrome does and it is just as fast. I use it on the desktop as well.

    • Ayush
      August 15, 2016 at 4:34 am

      Dr Mr please be informed that "SR Iron" and privacy protection is a hoax. Never use their products either on desktop or on android phone. Their are evidences which suggest it hardly does anything to protect your privacy, but rather collects your private information.

  4. asdf
    March 9, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    test the AdBlock browser

  5. IamShemul
    March 3, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Fast thing is comparative. Also need to consider the net connection and phone hardware capacity. I prefered dolphin, now testing Maxthon.

  6. Larry C
    August 21, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    test CM Browser

    • sabrina
      February 18, 2015 at 10:03 pm

      CM browser is good and fast i like it

  7. Jon
    June 6, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Google chrome runs great on my transformer tablet, but skyrockets the temperature on my HTC phone.

  8. Antonio N
    June 2, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Chrome is still my favorite browser... Having said that I've not used Opera at all so I can't give a definite answer. I'd stay away from IE if possible. Can't believe Microsoft still hasn't made it right.

  9. cristi
    June 1, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    I am using Dolphin, because my 512mb ram phone gets killed with Chrome running.... chrome uses extremely much ram on my PC also, but on my phone it also takes to much time until it starts up... whereas Dolphin takes 1 second.
    So for phones that don't have 1-2-3gb of ram...i think chrome is really not a good solution

  10. glen
    May 31, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Opera mini was always the best for me , but I just switched to the new CM (clean master) Browser, it is excellent...try it!

    • Mark
      February 6, 2015 at 3:41 am

      I agree, I have been using CM Browser for 3 months and it is amazing

  11. Jon S
    May 31, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Hello.
    @"Susendeep D"
    Many thanks for the extension inf—just what I've been looking for.

    Have a GREAT day, Neighbors!

  12. Ankit
    May 31, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Chrome might lead on performance, but on usabilty its way behind. There are tons of browsers that will fare better.

  13. Andy
    May 31, 2014 at 8:30 am

    The fastest mobile browsers are those that have server side compression. That would include Opera mini, which, for whatever reason is much faster than Opera Mobile with Turbo. There are other browser that claim to do that including UC Browser, but I have not tested them.

    Of course, there are trade-offs, but if you are talking speed, your list is missing the fastest ones.

    • Tushar Shah
      November 17, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      U R Right, UC Browser is fast then Chrom, Opera Mini & Others
      & now a dasy I had been testing VC BROWSER is even FASTER then UC Browser.

      Please test it guys & let me know. I am getting amazing speed even on 2G NETWORK.

  14. vishal kumar ram
    May 30, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    you left boat browser this list is dam useless and taking about crome that is worst one and hell god sake don't include stock browser

  15. Deen.desperado
    May 30, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    May not hold true for everybody but Dolphin with Jetpack enabled does feel faster than Chrome on my Nexus 4.

  16. platform
    May 30, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    None are. Android itself is a laggy mess. I switched to Windows Phone and never looking back.

    • Anonymous
      May 31, 2014 at 6:25 am

      agreed

  17. Adrian
    May 30, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    I love firefox on the desktop. It works reasonably well on my tablet but keeps having problems playing videos. So I find myself going back to Chrome. Bummer.

  18. Dann A
    May 30, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Very interesting results! I use Dolphin (without Jetpack, though that'll change now), and I never noticed it being that much slower than Chrome. I'd be really interested to see how it stacks up with the add-on enabled. Also, I'd really like to see these results for iOS as well!

  19. Scott H
    May 30, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    It depends on how your browser or internet setup using setting. I've got my fast and instant by turning the encoding to automatic and turning rss update off and auto delete data so clear cache and cookies and id/passwords save and database and to reject all cookie and hide ads also make it fast plus turn off google suggestions off and set default memory to microsd card that a class 10 ultra and that speed up response time and search fast because it do not need to load any ad and the google suggestions up so that make it faster and thing a lot more cleaner on websites. I alway find that useful and help speed things up.

    • Scott H
      May 30, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      Im getting webkit 534 on my one using a old samsung wave s8500 which is using dolfin browser v3.0 and it opensource

  20. likefunbutnot
    May 30, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Firefox has adblock plus and, unlike mobile Chrome, renders data the same way on mobile and desktop versions. I think it's a better overall product.

    • DutchPete
      May 30, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      Firefox may be better than Chrome but it is not the fastest in an Android environment, neither is Chrome.

    • Ed
      May 30, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      Unfortunately, Firefox does not render (desktop mode, not mobile) web-based email like Yahoo, Zoho, etc... the way it does on the desktop.

      Actually, no Android browser is capable of properly rendering most desktop mode web-based email sites. I don't know why this is (since these browsers use the same engines as the desktop - Gecko, Blink, or web kit), but Firefox is no exception unfortunately.

    • Susendeep D
      May 31, 2014 at 7:32 am

      Ed,

      why not use phony extension.It allows you to set Firefox desktop as a user agent and hence will allow you to load desktop sites.

  21. DutchPete
    May 30, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    I find it hard to believe these results. While I use Firefox as my default browser on my laptop, I found it unacceptably slow on my S3. Chrome I also found unacceptably slow, even though it is pretty fast as a desktop version.
    I tried several Android browsers: Dolphin with Jetpack, which I thought was fast, until I discovered Puffin, which I found to be faster. But the fastest so far is Habit & I am sticking with it.

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