September 29, 2011

A New Browser To Test - Amazon Silk

Amazon Silk

As part of their big press conference for the new Kindle versions yesterday, Amazon announced that the Kindle Fire tablet would come with a new browser - Amazon Silk.

The concept is to provide the ability to dynamically offload some of the work a browser must perform off of the device, and on to Amazon's powerful cloud services. copyrightjoestrazzere

  • Split functionality between the device (for now, just the Kindle Fire) and the Cloud (Amazon's EC2)
  • Predictive pre-fetching and pre-caching
  • Some pre-rendered images
  • Based on Webkit
  • Uses Google's SPDY (optimized http)
  • Might become available on other devices

If your system will be accessed from a Kindle Fire, it will make sense to add the new Amazon Silk browser to your list of test platforms.  You may very well find that your site behaves differently on Silk than it does on other browsers - perhaps better, perhaps worse.

We'll have to keep an eye on this browser once it makes its way into the hands of testers, to see how it stacks up against other Webkit-based browsers.

This will be interesting to see....

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  1. VERY interesting. Kinda like Opera Turbo?

  2. It does sound a lot like Opera Turbo, but with virtually every layer of the browser functionality about to be run locally or in the cloud, perhaps even more far-reaching.