Today Amazon announced 4 new devices and I was so excited, that I ordered / pre-ordered 3 of them (Kindle, Touch 3G and Fire). New hardware might be fun, but I think we should all be more excited about the Kindle Fire’s new Silk web browser. It’s not been that long ago that the only option for broadband at my house was through HughesNet’s satellite based internet connectivity. Boy was it annoyingly slow because for every web page that you loaded, it had to bounce the request up to the satellite in the sky, then bounce back down to Atlanta where HughesNet’s computers do their voodoo on your request, then send the web page info back up to the satellite in the sky and finally bounce the info back down to my computer. Ick with a capital I. Surfing on mobile devices can feel similar to that experience and I often find myself getting frustrated waiting for web pages to load. Amazon’s Silk browser is supposed to solve this problem by doing all the heavy lifting via Amazon’s AWS (Amazon Web Services) cloud computing platform. The claim is that it will dramatically improve web page load times by splitting the workload between the tablet (Kindle Fire) and the cloud. AWS will do all the content optimization for the tablet before it gets sent to it. For example, you won’t have to wait for huge images to load because they will be optimized for your screen size. The browser will also learn your browsing habits and will guess what site you might go to next and have that page already loaded and ready to view before you even click the link. I’m excited to try the Silk browser and have to wonder if/when it might show up on devices other than the Kindle Fire. I know it will never show up on iOS device, but as an app download for Android devices? I can see that happening.
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