Amazon Fire to blaze through internet, thanks to its Silk browser


In case you weren't enticed enough by the Amazon Kindle Fire's $199 price tag, I've got some really good news for you. True to the tablet's name, the Kindle Fire should be blazing fast while you're surfing the internet.

After the announcement of the tablet itself, Amazon detailed its very own Android browser, which they are naming Silk. Makes sense, since the company promises very quick load times. Here's how it works: instead of the Kindle completely handling all of the web browsing on its own, the work is split between it and Amazon's EC2 servers. Those servers will use caching, compressing, and other technologies to bring the latest stored version of any webpage quickly to the Kindle Fire.

It also optimizes media. The example Amazon gives is a 3MB picture file. Instead of downloading that 3MB to your tablet, the EC2 servers will throw out a mere 50KB file to your tablet so browsing is quickly. 

Now, don't worry about what's gonna happen to your web browsing if the servers ever crash; the Kindle Fire is perfectly capable of browsing on its own. It'll just be much slower. 

What do you think about shared browsing like this? 

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Calob Horton

Calob Horton is an associate editor at Pocketables. He loves all technology, no matter which company it comes from. This unbiased view of the tech world allows him to choose the products that best fit his personal needs and tastes: a Microsoft Surface Pro, a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and a third-gen iPad.Google+ | Twitter | More posts by Calob | Subscribe to Calob's posts

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