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New Google Chrome for Android boosts performance

Google has just updated the Chrome browser for Android. It brings improved scrolling and JavaScript performance as well as better touch sensitivity.

Here is the official change log from Google:

  • Improved scrolling performance
  • Increased responsiveness to pinch-zooming on pages
  • Faster interactive pages thanks to the latest version of the V8 JavaScript engine
  • Audio now continues to play while Chrome is in the background. Audio playing in Chrome will now pause when the phone is in use. This requires an additional permission
  • Expanded support for HTML5 features
  • Improved text font clarity and stability fixes

We also ran the SunSpider and BrowserMark 2 benchmarks on the Sony Xperia Z to see what kind of performance boost the new Chrome brings. On the SunSpider test the new browser scored 1306ms, compared to the old 1908ms results (that’s a huge 31% performance bump).

SunSpider

Lower is better

  • Sony Xperia Z (new Chrome)
    1336
  • Sony Xperia Z (old Chrome)
    1908

On the BrowserMark 2 benchmark the new Chrome running on a Xperia Z unit did 2093 points, while the older version of the browser scored 1865. This means the performance has increased by 12%.

BrowserMark 2

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia Z (new Chrome)
    2093
  • Sony Xperia Z (old Chrome)
    1865

We suggest everyone who’s using Chrome to get this update as soon as possible. It’s definitely worth it.

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