We’re excited to
announce that it’s been 10 years since the initial launch of WebXPRT! In early
2013, we introduced WebXPRT as a unique browser performance benchmark in a market
space that was already crowded with a variety of specialized measurement tools.
Our goal was to offer a benchmark that could compare the performance of almost
any web-enabled device, using scenarios created to mirror real-world tasks. We
wanted it to be a free, easily accessible, easy-to-run, useful, and appealing
testing option for OEM labs, vendors, and the tech press.
When we look back on
the last 10 years of WebXPRT, we can’t help but conclude that our efforts have
been successful. Since those early days, the WebXPRT market presence has grown
from humble beginnings into a worldwide industry standard. Hundreds of tech
press publications have used WebXPRT in thousands of articles and reviews, and testers
have now run the benchmark well over 1.1 million times.
Below, I’ve listed
some of the WebXPRT team’s accomplishments over the last decade. If you’ve been
following WebXPRT from the beginning, this may all be familiar, but if you’re
new to the community, it may be
interesting to see some of the steps that contributed to making WebXPRT what it
In future blog posts, we’ll look at how the number of WebXPRT runs has grown over time, and how WebXPRT use has grown among OEMs, vendors, and the tech press worldwide. Do you have any thoughts that you’d like to share from your WebXPRT testing experience? If so, let us know!
In September, the
Chinese tech review site KoolCenter published a review of the ASUS Mini PC
PN51 that included a screenshot of the device’s WebXPRT 4 test result screen. The screenshot showed that the testers had
enabled the WebXPRT Simplified Chinese UI. Users can choose from three language
options in the WebXPRT 4 UI: Simplified Chinese, German, and English. We
included Simplified Chinese and German because of the large number of test runs
we see from China and Central Europe. We wanted to make testing a little easier
for users who prefer those languages, and are glad to see people using the
Changing languages in
the UI is very straightforward. Locate the Change Language? prompt under the
WebXPRT 4 logo at the top of the Start screen, and click or tap the arrow
beside it. After the drop-down menu appears, select the language you want. The language
of the start screen changes to the language you selected, and the in-test
workload headers and the results screen also appear in your chosen language.
The screenshots below
my sig show the Change Language? drop-down menu, and how the Start screen
appears when you select Simplified Chinese or German. Be aware that if you have
a translation extension installed in your browser, the extension may override
the WebXPRT UI by reverting the language back to the default of English. You can
avoid this conflict by temporarily disabling the translation extension for the
duration of WebXPRT testing.
If you have any questions about WebXPRT’s language options, please let us know!
We’re excited to announce that WebXPRT 3 is now available to the public. BenchmarkXPRT Development Community members have been using a community preview for several weeks, but now anyone can run WebXPRT 3 and publish their results.
As we mentioned on the blog, WebXPRT 3 has a completely new UI, updated workloads, and new test content. We carried over several features from WebXPRT 2015 including automation, the option to run individual workloads, and language options for English, German, and Simplified Chinese.
We believe WebXPRT 3 will be as relevant and reliable as WebXPRT 2013 and 2015. After trying it out, please submit your scores and feel free to let us know what you think. We look forward to seeing new results submissions!
Today we’re releasing the WebXPRT 3 Community Preview (CP). As we discussed in the blog last month, in the new version of WebXPRT, we updated the photo-related workloads with new images and a new deep learning task for the Organize Album workload. We also added an optical character recognition task to the Local Notes workload and combined a portion of the DNA Sequence Analysis scenario with a writing sample/spell check scenario to simulate an online homework hub in the new “Online Homework” workload.
Also, longtime WebXPRT users will immediately notice a completely new, but clean and straightforward, UI. We’re still tweaking aspects of the UI and implementing full functionality for certain features such as social media sharing and German language translation, but we don’t anticipate making any significant changes to the overall test or individual workloads before the general release.
As with all community previews, the WebXPRT 3 CP is available only to BenchmarkXPRT Development Community members, who can access the link from the WebXPRT tab in the Members’ Area.
As great as the year has been, we are sprinting into 2016. Though I can’t talk about them yet, there are some big pieces of news coming soon. Even sooner, I will be at CES next week. If you would like to talk about the XPRTs or the future of benchmarking, let me know and we’ll find a time to meet.
Whatever your holiday traditions are, I hope you are having a great holiday season. Here’s wishing you all the best in 2016!
Early next week, we will update WebXPRT by adding a German UI. This brings the number of available languages to three. WebXPRT has had a Simplified Chinese UI for a while, but you had to click a link on the WebXPRT page to get it. The new version removes that limitation, and lets you select Simplified Chinese, English, or German from the UI.
We’re working on getting WebXPRT to automatically detect the language of your device, but for now, the UI defaults to English.
We would like to expand the range of languages the XPRTs support over time. This is an area where you can help. If you’d like to see your language represented and are willing to help with translation, please let us know.
I know it’s the holiday season, but remember that CES will be here before we know it. I’m really looking forward to seeing the show, and I may have some big news to talk about while I’m there! If you’re planning to be at CES, send a message and let’s find a time to meet!
We will not have a blog post next week. Happy holidays!