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Category: WebXPRT 2013 release

Looking at the data

We’re planning the general release of WebXPRT 2015 for late next week. The testing is looking good and the response has been positive.

We’ve been looking at the hundreds of runs in the database for the community preview.  As we’ve said before, we’ve been looking at the information from the JavaScript navigator object in the hope that we could improve the disclosure information from WebXPRT 2015. However, the information is not reliable enough for us to use it at this time. Hopefully, that will improve in the near future.

For now, we will continue to use the information from the user agent string. We’ve discussed the user agent string before. It does give us some information about the device, although not as much as we are able to gather in some of the XPRTs.

Looking at the data, the most common OS has been Windows. This may be in part because you needed to be logged in to run the CP. However, Android devices represented over a third of the runs, and Chrome OS represented about 25 percent of the runs. While we had healthy numbers of iOS devices, there were only a handful of Mac OSX runs.  Chrome was the most common browser. Other browsers identified themselves as Safari, Firefox, Opera, and MS IE.

As you can see, the new WebXPRT continues the tradition that WebXPRT 2013 started of running everywhere. We can’t wait to make it available to general public!

Eric

No time to rest

Last week was possibly our biggest week ever. We announced PhoneXPRT, a new benchmark for evaluating the performance of smartphones, and released TouchXPRT 2013 and WebXPRT 2013 to the general public.

Since then, there’s been a lot of interest. The numbers keep going up! We’re not just talking about page views – people are downloading TouchXPRT and lots of people are running WebXPRT.

People have also been downloading the TouchXPRT source, which is very exciting. We strongly encourage community members to look at how the benchmark is put together. If you have programming skills and want to submit code, get in touch with us at benchmarkxprtsupport@principledtechologies.com.  We’d love to hear from you!

Oh, and there’s a new video! This one introduces WebXPRT to the public. It gives a good idea of the range of devices WebXPRT will run on.

That’s a lot for one week. We’re not resting on our laurels, though. Obviously, we’re working on PhoneXPRT. However, let’s not forget about HDXPRT. The comment period for HDXPRT 2013 officially closed on March 6 and we are starting to work on the HDXPRT 2013 design document. If you have any feedback you haven’t sent, please do send it on. We’ll do our best to incorporate it into the design document.

Eric

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What a week!

This has been quite a week for the BenchmarkXPRT family. We kicked off the week by announcing a new benchmark: PhoneXPRT. PhoneXPRT is designed to test small form factor devices, such as smart phones.  PhoneXPRT will initially run on Android. For more information, read the press release at http://www.prweb.com/releases/phoneXPRT/pt0213/prweb10461639.htm

There was more to come. Today we formally released TouchXPRT 2013 and WebXPRT 2013. The community and the media have been using these as community previews for weeks now. Now that we’ve released the benchmarks, anyone may freely use them.  You can read the press release at http://www.prweb.com/releases/TouchXPRTWebXPRT/0213/prweb10474803.htm

We have also released the TouchXPRT 2013 source to the community. The instructions for building the benchmark are the same as for building the community preview. Remember that community members have access to the source, but it is not available to the general public.

As WebXPRT 2013 moves from being a community preview to a public release, people may have concerns about privacy. While anyone using WebXPRT 2013 agrees to share their results, the database does not store any identifying information.

Remember, the HDXPRT comment period is still open! Please send your comments in. If you’ve not read the RFC yet, you can find it at http://www.principledtechnologies.com/hdxprt/forum/hdxprt2013RFC.php.

Eric

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Going Live

As you may know, the Mobile World Congress (MWC) starts Monday in Barcelona. I really hate that I can’t go to this show and not only because I love Barcelona!

However, MWC seems like a good time to release TouchXPRT 2013 and WebXPRT 2013. We’re testing the final builds now, and plan to make them available to the public next week.  If you’re not a community member and want to see what all the fuss is about before then, please join the community and check them out.

As we discussed in the Webinar back in January, we have been able to verify that the results from both benchmarks are in line with those of the community previews. That means that we don’t anticipate any problems comparing results from the CP1 versions with those from the release versions.

While TouchXPRT 2013 CP1 did not have a total score, based on your feedback, we added one in final version of TouchXPRT 2013.

I’ve included some comparison results from WebXPRT 2013 at the end of this post. As always, we would love to have any results you can share for either benchmark.

We’ve also been thinking about where to go next. We’re not ready to talk yet, but expect big news next week!

Bill

Device WebXPRT 2013 Overall score
Nexus 7 201
Kindle Fire 95
iPad 2 52
iPad 4 181
Samsung Galaxy SIII 168
iPhone 5 167
iPad Mini 110

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