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.

Source: XDA-Developers forum

Via: Ars Technica

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Stephen Schenck

Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen’s first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he’s convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he’s not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits

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