Putting Google’s Froyo claims to the test vs. an iPhone and an HTC HD2

Tue, May 25, 2010


Google last week made some grandiose claims about how fast the web browser in its latest Android update, dubbed Froyo, is. And oh yes, did we mention that Froyo runs Adobe’s Flash player 10.1 Beta?  Well, Pocketnow decided to put Google’s claims to the test and conducted some browser speed tests with the iPhone, a Nexus One running Android 2.2, and Opera Mobile on an HTC HD2.

As you can tell from the video below, the browser on Froyo is indeed fast, but it comes with a tradeoff – namely the wait time often required to load flash content on a webpage. Also, once all the flash elements on a page are loaded, page scrolling becomes a jagged and noticeably jerky when compared to scrolling on the iPhone and HD2. But if you’re really itching for Flash, then Froyo certainly seems more than capable if you’re willing to live with some usability shortcomings.

In a follow-up video, Pocketnow disabled Flash 10.1 and once again compared Froyo to the iPhone’s Safari browser. We can’t lie, it’s fast as hell!


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