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When the Kindle Fire Kindle Fire Review and Giveaway Kindle Fire Review and Giveaway It’s a brand new year, and I am proud to be part of something brand new here at MakeUseOf: An independent hardware review followed by a giveaway. Today we’ll be giving away an Amazon Kindle... Read More was introduced by Amazon The Amazon Cloud Reader - A Web App For Your Kindle Books The Amazon Cloud Reader - A Web App For Your Kindle Books Amazon has recently released another version of its e-book reader called Kindle Cloud Reader. Unlike the iOS mobile Kindle app, the Cloud Reader is HTML 5 web-based in which Amazon members can access all of... Read More one of the main features highlighted was its browser, called Silk. Unlike most browsers, Silk uses remote servers to handle portions of page rendering, which is supposed to improve browsing speeds. Benchmarks so far have indicated that the feature is hit-or-miss, but should it be improved, the benefits could become significant.

Of course, Silk is only meant for the Kindle Fire, but it has now been hacked and ported to other Android devices by an Android developer going by the alias of TyHi. The installation instructions are fairly simple, but you will need a rooted device.

The main reason for using this hack is to restore Silk browser support to users who have replaced Amazon’s custom version of Android How to Install a Custom ROM on Your Android Device How to Install a Custom ROM on Your Android Device Ready to revitalize your Android phone or tablet? Installing a custom ROM is the best way to do that -- powering it up with even better performance and features. Read More with a different one, such as CyanogenMod.

Since this workaround has been developed by a single person it’s not guaranteed to work on different hardware, though it could theoretically work on a number of recent Android phones and tablets. Users over at the XDA Developers forums are still testing compatibility. So far there has been success with a number of devices including the Motorola Atrix, Galaxy Tab and HTC EVO 4G.

You can download the files required from the XDA forums. Though it seems unlikely that Amazon would want just anyone to be able to use Silk, the company has yet to respond.


Source: Ars Technica

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  1. fergusfrancis22
    January 8, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    kindle fire sales are soaring high , silk is one of the reason for its best working . its good that android market using it .

  2. edwinakillian
    January 7, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    installation process of the browser is quite easy and is of immense use .

  3. gilbert_miriam73
    January 7, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    silk browser works good on my kindlefire . android users will get benefit from it ,indeed.

  4. Atticus Daniel
    January 6, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Why? I find Silk to be slow and buggy. I use Opera on my Kindle Fire. It outperforms Silk by a mile.