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Amazon Explains The Magic Behind Its New Silk Web Browser [Video]

One of the most impressive features with the Amazon Kindle Fire is the new Silk web browser, which provides a super fast web browsing experience by utilizing the speed and power of Amazon’s cloud infrastructure.

When you load a webpage on the Kindle Fire, a lot of the “heavy work” is done “in the cloud” — on Amazon’s EC2 servers, which boast whopping 8-core processors and 68GB of RAM. That means the tablet itself doesn’t have to process all of the data, and you get a significantly faster web browsing experience.

Amazon explains:

We sought from the start to tap into the power and capabilities of the AWS infrastructure to overcome the limitations of typical mobile browsers.  Instead of a device-siloed software application, Amazon Silk deploys a split-architecture.  All of the browser subsystems are present on your Kindle Fire as well as on the AWS cloud computing platform.

Each time you load a web page, Silk makes a dynamic decision about which of these subsystems will run locally and which will execute remotely.  In short, Amazon Silk extends the boundaries of the browser, coupling the capabilities and interactivity of your local device with the massive computing power, memory, and network connectivity of our cloud.

Unfortunately, the video above doesn’t actually demonstrate the Silk web browser so that we can see for ourselves just how quick it is, but it does explain how it works.

What do you think of Amazon Silk? Would you like to see a browser like this on your mobile devices?


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...

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