Jan 04 AT 7:29 PM Edgar Cervantes 18 Comments

Amazon’s Silk Browser ported to rooted devices


When the Kindle Fire was announced, one of the biggest hypes about it was the addition of Amazon’s Silk Browser. This browser was said to improve loading speeds substantially, but it was exclusive to the Kindle Fire. Android users, not being a fan of limitations, got a break when the fine gentlemen at XDA Developers managed to get this browser up and running on rooted devices.

Whether you like this browser or not is mostly a personal preference. The vast majority of reviews and reports prove that this browser is by no means faster than the others. Despite Amazon’s claims, the cloud-based caching in this browser brings more lag, slowing the experience down by 1-3 seconds. You could make it a bit faster by turning off accelerated page loading, though (ironic, right?). The Silk Browser does reduce bandwidth consumption, though, which may very well be a huge advantage for tiered data plan users.

In a nutshell, one simply has to install the given files in the System folder. The instructions are not too complicated, and you should be able to get the Silk Browser running in a few minutes. For full instructions, head over to the XDA website.

As expected, it does not work with all devices/ROMs. It does work on CM7 for the Kindle Fire, though. Many users are reporting issues, as well as a bad experience in smaller phone screens (it was designed for tablets).

If you are feeling adventurous and want to give it a try, let us know how it goes. Have you already given it a try? Would you rather stick with your current (and most likely faster) browser? Which is your favorite browser, and why?

Via: Engadget

Source: XDA Developers

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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  • noriega713

    I actually like the stock 4.0 browser for my G2…but Dolphin browser (mini or HD) works wonderful on My TouchPad…

    • lawrenceh

      Is there are G2 4.0 rom with a cam working. I tried a few still with no cam. Im excited for the final product.

      • noriega713

        Nope…none yet.

        • lawrenceh

          Oh well. ICS is fire on the G2. But the no cams are a deal breaker. I hope HTC release the driver code soon. I felt that was the only piece missing on the roms i tried.

          On topic. Wasnt impressed with this. I hope a flashable version shows up soon. This is more work than its really worth.

        • SGB101

          build 0.2..0/1, has a working camera on the htc desire, however it isnt as stable as the 0.1.4 build.

          so it shouldn’t be long for the g2 to get the camera working.

  • droilfade

    I’ll try it….but I have always just needed the stock browser on CM7! Incognito Mode..beat that! :p

  • LukeT32

    If it’s slower then the stock or dolphin why bother? Just to say you did?

  • Hall Lo

    The power of XDA! :O… but this time no thanks dun want this browser on my fone xD

  • nevsdad

    When can I get Dolphin on my sons Fire?

    • Bpear96

      Root that bad boy, and install the android market. Or go even farther and install the holy rom that is know as CyanogenMod

  • Finn Kempers

    The whole caching thing sounds suspiciously familiar…ah yes it’s opera mini. Well i find it such type browsing slow too so personally on my defy i use opera mobile which i find outperforms others in speed :D

  • http://theandroidappshow.com Lane Montgomery

    Why didn’t they just talk about it reducing data usage instead of saying it loaded faster?

    I must say that I do prefer the Silk interface to HC’s browser UI. Hard to explain but it feels more intuitive, it behaves more like a touch interface browser should.

    • DroidPower

      I heard from somewhere that the average consumer uses around 500 to 600 mb per month (i could be wrong about this…don’t remember where i saw/hear it from). In that case, fewer people will care about going over their data usage plans… and “being fast” is probably just easier to advertise/explain.

  • redraider133

    Got to love the android community always find a way to get something that was supposed to be “exclusive” on one device onto other devices.

  • Trinhbo

    On its surface I like that the Android community works at porting “features” from specific devices onto other devices. Though as this article points out, the Silk browser is not much faster but may help reduce data usage. So I suppose that aspect may be appealing to some users on lower data plans. Though I’m not sure how the Silk browser compares to other browsers that also perform some cloud-based caching like Opera Mini.

    As for myself I like Dolphin HD. The stock browser on the Galaxy S2 is okay but it is missing some features and polish that Dolphin HD has.

  • damambt

    Installation didnt go well for NEXUS S (i9020a)

  • lokidokie

    Good work, but don’t bother. It’s rubbish

  • kungpaodragon

    Whether or not Silk is good or not, I can careless. What I do care is that this is exactly the kind of things that I love about Android and Google. It’s never just about profit. Well, it is, but we users actually benefit from it and not just be one of the lemmings.