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Amazon updates Kindle Fire's Silk browser

Update to browser includes a completely revamped interface and design.

Back when Amazon first launched their Kindle Fire tablet, the included Silk browser was touted as a speedy alternative to current Android browsers. Two generations and an HD version later, Silk definitely hasn't sped things up to the degree Amazon claimed it would and it's become somewhat an afterthought.

Now, the company is completely revamping the browser's design, as a major update brings with it a new tutorial, tabs and browser controls. The tutorial now makes it easier for new customers to understand all the browser's functions, while redesigned tabs display the most visited sites upon launching Silk. The new tabs also feature higher contrast than previous versions, making it easier to switch between the various open webpages.

Amazon is also taking a page out of Safari with their new "Reading view", a reading-optimized display that removes extraneous links, advertisements and buttons. The update does bring with it a few performance improvements, but the main focus was definitely on the aesthetic side of the browser.


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Omar Qudsi, 2013-08-15 (Update: 2013-08-15)