Better industry standard browser benchmark is on the way


(Image credit: WebKit)

Often regarded as the ultimate rivals, and rarely seen in collaboration, Apple, Google, and Mozilla have joined forces to deliver an improved web browser benchmark tool for users everywhere. 

Speedometer 3 (a follow-on from Speedometer 2) is a browser benchmark designed to measure responsiveness by simulating user interactions on demonstrator web applications. 

For now, version 3 is still in “active development” according to a GitHub page (opens in new tab), which recommends users to refer to version 2.1, developed by the same three browser giants, for the “latest stable version”.

Speedometer 3

Google Chrome (opens in new tab) – which accounts for almost two-thirds of the market according to StatCounter (opens in new tab) December 2022 figures) – took to Twitter to explain its intentions that Speedometer 3 shall be updated, “to include representative modern workloads, like JavaScript frameworks.” 

With more information set to be shared “in the coming months”, it seems that Speedometer 3 may still be a long way off yet.

A Tweet by the Mozilla Developer (opens in new tab) account explained the importance of such an update:

“Nobody intentionally builds a website that lags or stutters. The Web promises smooth experiences, but sometimes it falls short. When it does, users suffer.”

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The thread continues to discuss how Speedometer 2, which shipped in 2018, is in need of an update as the web has progressed.

WebKit (opens in new tab) – an Apple-backed open-source project that powers Safari – was a little less revealing on social media. It simply announced plans for the joint venture, stating that “working together will help [the three organizations] further improve the benchmark and improve browser performance for [their] users.”

Safari and Firefox make up around 19% and 3% of the overall browser market share respectively. 

For now, the updates remain largely unknown, however a GitHub post (opens in new tab) explains how the collaboration will work. There will be three types of changes: trivial changes that requires reviewer approval, non-trivial changes that require approval from at least two of the organizations, and major changes that require a consensus to be reached by all organizations. 

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