Amazon’s Kindle Fire Silk Browser Ported to Other Androids
Amazon’s Kindle Fire is an odd duck. While an Android device at its core, Amazon’s done a nice job at making the tablet’s user experience uniquely its own. A big part of that customization is Amazon’s Silk browser, which the company has been promoting as a way to browse the web while speeding load times and decreasing bandwidth consumption. If you haven’t picked up a Fire but are still interested in Silk, you’re in luck, because the browser has been extracted and a means found to get it working on other Android devices.
As you might expect, it’s a bit more convoluted than just clicking on an Android Market download, but the process doesn’t look too, too bad. You’ll need root access, since you’ll be manually installing some needed system files and setting their permissions.
Since there are other browsers available for Android that already do Silk’s style of pre-processing web pages, this is more of a curiosity than anything else, especially since it’s debatable just how significant Silk’s purported performance gains really are. If curiosity has the best of you, head over to the thread in the source link for details on pulling off this feat.