Amazon Silk Web Browser Harnesses the Power of AWS

Earlier today, Amazon announced their new line up of Kindles, including a $199 Android-based tablet. One of the key features of the device is Silk, a browser powered by Amazon Web Services capable of turbo charging the net. Like Opera Mini, the browser is able to compress data server-side before handing it over to the user. But, unlike current solutions, Silk is able to intelligently decide whether to render the content on Amazon’s powerful servers or locally, giving users the best possible experience. Pages that are loaded frequently are cached on AWS, so request and load times are reduced to just milliseconds.

Sadly, Amazon will be reserving the Silk tech for Kindle users on their home grown build of Android—but the hacking community may be able to change that.

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.

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