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Amazon Silk Mobile Browser: Cloud Accelerated Browser For Kindle Fire

Discussion in 'Engineering & Technology News' started by Kaustubh Katdare, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. Kaustubh Katdare


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    Amazon's Jeff Bezos announced a brand new device called Kindle Fire just few minutes ago and also announced a brand new cloud accelerated browser called 'Amazon Silk'. We're quite amused by the name Amazon used for a mobile browser. The Silk is a cloud accelerated browser which means that it can make use of device's hardware as well as Amazon's cloud offering to perform the tasks reducing the time required to render web pages and apps. Amazon is taking advantage of their long time presence in the cloud with EC2 and web services. The Silk, unlike waiting for 100 ms for each part web pages to load, will cache most part of the web page in the cloud (EC2) and deliver all parts in one go. The result is that the task that normally takes 100ms, will be performed in just 5 ms by Amazon Silk.

    Amazon Silk Browser For Kindle Fire

    Amazon's engineers have created a limitless cache to render the web pages that users visit every day. Amazon Silk can be thought of as a small store of files that users use regularly. The most important aspect is that Silk will store everything in the cloud and won't consume device's internal memory. When a user accesses a file, all the rendering work will be performed on Amazon's EC2 cloud. The images will be rendered on the fly and optimized for Amazon Fire's screen. An important thing about Silk is that it's capable of tracking user behavior. So CrazyEngineers regular readers will notice faster page loading when accessed through 'Fire'. Amazon calls it "Dynamic Split Browsing'. Take a look at following video for more explanation -

    <iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/_u7F_56WhHk" frameborder="0" width="640" height="360"></iframe>
  2. [...] CEO Jeff Bezos recently launched brand new cloud accelerated browser called Amazon Silk for the Kindle tablet. I think it’s a very good move by Amazon to use their cloud computing power to render and [...]
  3. [...] its launch in 2009. But the retailer is bothered due to Amazon.com Inc, which recently lauched the Kindle Fire to compete the tablet-like Nook Color and cut down the price on its basic Kindle. Technology blog [...]

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