Web browsers keep evolving, so browser speed tests must follow. Google's latest breaks with tradition of "artificial" tests by using unaltered Web apps and libraries.
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Google has long been concerned about the speed of Web applications because slow online interactions drive users away. The company talks about speed constantly and regularly introduces software such as its Page Speed browser extension, which helps publishers assess Web page performance.
Ever helpful, Google also posted a modified version of the SunSpider benchmark and the most recent version, at that time, of Mozilla's Kraken benchmark, to eliminate code errors that might have hindered Chrome's test performance.
Mozilla released its Kraken benchmark in September 2010 as an improvement on its previous Dromaeo benchmark. Then in June, it released a separate test suite called Eideticker for the Android version of Firefox.
Cazzulani insists that high scores on the Octane benchmarks translate directly into more responsive Web applications.
Asked about Octane, a Mozilla spokesperson said that the company had not had a chance to evaluate Google's latest benchmark suite, but noted that there's value in having a broad set of tests to assess browser performance.
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