Who are the major players in the race to create the browser platform that rules the world? The usual suspects. Google’s Chrome, what browser Microsoft has going in Windows, Apple’s Safari, Firefox, followed by a growing list of browsers which make an appearance but have little public presence (that list usually is topped by Opera).
I’m of the mind that we live in the golden age of browsers, whether Mac, Windows, iOS, or Android. Most of the browsers are fast at webpage rendering, most are secure, and most render pages the way the website developer intended.
Here’s a nice Google graph on improvements the company has made to Chrome’s overall page-load times.
The baseline is a percentage followed by faster page-load times in the Chrome browser for all major platforms, Android, macOS, Linux, and Windows. The past six months or so are mostly a plateau, with Android, Linux, and macOS bunched together at the top, followed by Windows. What’s missing here is iOS. That’s because Apple’s walled garden approach to browsers on iPhone and iPad does not permit third party browser engines, so most iOS browsers run about the same speed.
Google wants website webpages to load faster so users won’t complain about how slow webpages load, and won’t look for ad blockers to prevent ads and trackers. That’s not something I worry about. All my advertisers are Apple oriented and there are no trackers present.