Amazon has taken the wraps off its first-ever tablet, two new Kindle e-Readers with touch capabilities, and a brand-new Web browser for its tablets called Amazon Silk. Silk is the first browser to be accelerated and optimized through the cloud.
What sets Silk apart from mainstay browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer? Here are seven key features of Amazon's exciting new platform.
2) Persistent Internet connections. All subsystems within Amazon Silk are split between the front end and the back end, but the back end is where the optimizations for speed are performed. The remote cloud stabilizes how much processing the device is doing and dynamically adjusts the workload during the browsing experience. Therefore, Silk can support consistent Internet connections with little waiting time.
4) Small storage. Since the cache is built on top of the Amazon utility computing systems, the entire browser takes up only about a single byte of storage on the actual device itself. This allows the device to handle other needs on the processing end for quick browsing.
5) Better content delivery. Since so much of Amazon Silk's browsing experience is carried on the back end, retrieving content on Amazon Silk is quick and easy, even if the file size is large. Amazon's girthy cloud structure does all the data crunching and can send information to account for screen size and pixel depth. This results in richer images and files that load to your browser faster.
6) Machine learning. Amazon Silk wants to take Google.com's guess engine one step further. Instead of just auto-filling commonly used search terms, Amazon Silk detects aggregate user behavior across a large number of sites. So for instance, if you tend to visit the Wall Street Journal's technology page after you land on the Wall Street Journal home page, Amazon Silk will actually request the next page you're likely to need before you even know you need it. It's just one more way that Amazon hopes to deliver a more fluid browser experience.
7) Less waiting time. On normal browsers, your device would have to traverse the wireless network perhaps dozens of times to fully load every single asset on the page. An average webpage has about 80 different assets, which could make loading pages a hassle because of so many trips across the network to retrieve information. In Amazon Silk's split browser, assets already live on the cloud, so webpages can load in as little as five milliseconds.
Amazon will sell the new Kindle Fire tablet for $199, Kindle Touch for $99 and a souped-up Kindle Touch 3G for $149. The company also reduced the price of its original Kindle to $79.