Amazon Kindle Fire and Silk

Amazon has a new Kindle but this time, the Kindle, that is Kindle Fire can do more things than just being an e-reader.

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Kindle Fire brings everything we’ve been working on at Amazon for 15 years together into a single, fully-integrated experience for customers – instant access to Amazon’s massive selection of digital content, a vibrant color IPS touchscreen with extra-wide viewing angle, a 14.6 ounce design that’s easy to hold with one hand, a state-of-the-art dual core processor, free storage in the Amazon Cloud, and an ultra-fast mobile browser – Amazon Silk – available exclusively on Kindle Fire.

So Kindle Fire is competition for not just Apple (for the tablet part) but also of Google and Microsoft (for the browser part). Amazon amazingly has a great use case for Cloud and they are applying that with Silk now, the new mobile browser for Fire.

Introducing Amazon Silk

Silk isn’t just another browser. 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.

John Gruber does well with his views of the new Kindles. And Chris Espinosa has his views on the privacy implications of the Silk browser architecture.