Google, Apple, and Mozilla are working together to create a better web browser benchmark. Speedometer 3 will be a “cross-industry collaborative effort” amongst the developers of Chrome, Safari, and Firefox to produce a new model that balances the businesses’ goals for gauging responsiveness.
Making a tool to judge the effectiveness of rival products by three firms sounds like a formula for disaster. However, Speedometer’s governance policy incorporates a permission method that varies depending on potential consequences. Significant modifications, for example, will require agreement from the other two corporations, whilst “non-trivial changes” will require authorization from one of the other two parties. Meanwhile, “trivial changes” can be approved by any of the three browser makers’ reviewers. “The working team should be able to move quickly for most changes, with a higher level of process and consensus expected based on the impact of the change,” according to the policy.
The project will be modeled around Speedometer 2, the current industry standard produced by Apple’s WebKit team. Chrome, Safari, and Firefox are the three most used browsers today. Microsoft Edge, the fourth browser, does not have its own engine, instead depending on Google’s open-source Chromium with Blink and V8 engines.
The Speedometer 3 project is still in its early stages, as stated on its GitHub website, and it is “in active development and is unstable.” Although it’s not known when Speedometer 3 will be available, the groups advocate utilizing Speedometer 2.1 until work is further along.
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