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Amazon’s Silk Browser ported to Android for root users

It's silky sickness

One of the Kindle Fire's many selling points is the Silk browser. It's a custom browser that loads pages server-side and then transmits a compressed copy to your device. In theory, for those with slower internet connections (*cough* Sprint 3G *cough*), this can lead to quicker page load times, but that's not always going to be the case, especially if you have a decent connection.

It was previously exclusive to the Fire, but we all know that it was only a matter of time before it was available for Android devices. At the moment, the port is not an official Amazon one. It requires root access and a manual install so you should be comfortable with some command-line Android before attempting. There also may be some privacy concerns with having someone else do your browsing for you, so be aware of that.

It's been reported to be working on rooted HTC EVO 4G and EVO 3D, though, so if you're feeling up for it, make a Nandroid backup in case anything goes awry, follow the install instructions, and let us know how it works for you.

[The Verge]
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