Amazon Silk: A Cloud-Supported Web Browser
Right after Amazon demonstrated their first tablet, Kindle Fire, they also revealed info on the web browser for the device. Amazon Silk is a cloud-supported browser that offloads most of the hardware processing off of the tablet and onto a server that’s faster than a gaming desktop on steroids.
Each time someone starts loading a website on the device, Amazon’s EC2 servers will kick in and take care of the largest pieces of content so the device doesn’t have to. The idea is to keep the device running Silk from slowing down or crashing from processing more data than it can handle.
How is this better than other web browsers? It’s using a cloud system to handle most of the processing. In short, every web page will load faster on Silk. While many may be scratching their heads over it, some see this as a game-changing innovation in mobile web browsing. By having a cloud servers processing the majority of the data, mobile devices can use them to save bookmarks, load videos faster, caches and many more. Opera Software has been using similar technology for six years, but no one else has. If the Kindle Fire and its Silk browser becomes successful, it could change the way Internet-connected devices process data in the near future.
It could also give developers a platform to utilize if they wish to create cloud-supported apps for mobile devices.
Amazon may not be the first to use cloud-powered technology for web browsing, but they do have the potential to raise the bar if it performs better than Opera. Regardless, consumers will be able surf the web faster than they would on a device with a traditional browser. The world will have to wait until the Kindle Fire is released to find out how much faster Silk really is. If anything, this new browser will give consumers another choice for surfing the Internet on Amazon’s first tablet.
Hopefully, those without a Kindle Fire will be able to use Silk in the near future.