If you’ve ever spent time exploring WebXPRT.com, you may have noticed a line that says, “If you are in East Asia, you can run WebXPRT from our Singapore host,” followed by a hyperlink with Simplified Chinese characters. We realize that some people may not know why we have a WebXPRT mirror host site in Singapore—or how to use it—so today’s post will cover the basics.
When we first released WebXPRT 2013, some users in mainland China reported slow download times when running the benchmark. These slowdowns affected initial page and workload content load times, but not workload execution, which happens locally. As a result, subtest and overall scores were still consistent with expectations for the devices under test, but it took longer than normal for test runs to complete. In response, we set up a mirror host site in Singapore to facilitate WebXPRT testing in China and other East Asian countries. We continued this practice with subsequent WebXPRT versions, and currently offer Singapore-based instances of WebXPRT 4, WebXPRT 3, and WebXPRT 2015.
The default UI language on the Singapore site is Simplified Chinese, but users can opt to change the language to English or German. Apart from a different default language, the WebXPRT mirror instances hosted in Singapore are identical to the instances on the main WebXPRT site. If you test a device on WebXPRT Singapore and WebXPRT.com, you should see similar performance scores from both sites.
We hope that the WebXPRT mirror host site in Singapore will make it easier for people in East Asia to use the benchmark. Do you find the site useful? If so, we’d love to hear from you! Also, if you encounter any unexpected issues or interruptions while testing, please let us know!
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!
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!
We recently traveled to Shenzhen, China to anchor Principled Technologies’ booth in the IDF15 Shenzhen technology showcase. Over 60 companies set up displays to interact with approximately 2,000 attendees, and it was a great opportunity for us to connect with innovators in one of the fastest-growing technology hubs in the world.
We spent most of our time talking with people about the benefits of the BenchmarkXPRT Development Community, demonstrating the XPRTs on our display systems, and describing the scope and abilities of each XPRT. Many of the people we talked with showed great interest in the XPRTs’ commitment to developing easy-to-use benchmarks that measure performance and battery life while doing everyday tasks.
Of course, we also spent a good deal of free time exploring Shenzhen and nearby Hong Kong. If you ever get the opportunity to visit either of these dynamic cities, you won’t be disappointed!
The IDF15 Shenzhen technology showcase floor. Our booth is just to the right of the gray-and-white balloon. The booming Shenzhen skyline, including the soon-to-be-second-tallest building in the world.
If we missed you at IDF15, or you have questions or comments about the Benchmark XPRT Development Community, feel free to contact us.