The Kindle Fire from Amazon is a nifty little gadget that is primarily meant to enhance your reading experience on an Android device. The eBook reading capabilities of this Amazon brainchild aside, it is the app’s overall design and features list that make it an immensely useful mobile device. One of the standout aspects of Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet is its stock browser (Silk browser). Until now, the browser was, of course, available only to Kindle Fire users, but hats off to XDA-Developers member TyHi, who has managed to successfully port it to other Android devices. The process currently works only for rooted devices, involves side-loading a handful of APKs, and pushing a few files to your device’s system directories. If you’re interested in getting the taste of Silk browser on your Android device, join us after the break for a step-by-step guide.
For those who might be unaware of the app’s list of features, Kindle Fire is capable of processing your webpage requests through the Amazon Web Service (AWS) cloud. In addition to that, the browser itself is laced with plenty of goodies, including tabbed browsing, real-time search suggestions for URLs, and of course, the support to play Flash content.
To learn more about root access and how to get it, check out our compilation of root guides for Android devices. Users with rooted devices can proceed as follows:
- Download the installation package from the XDA forums (link provided at the end).
- Extract all the files included within the package, and transfer them to your device’s SD card/storage.
- Using a root-level file explorer (e.g. Root Explorer) select and copy all the files from the transferred System/lib folder to your device’s /system/lib folder. You’ll need to mount the R/W permission for the destination folder to complete the operation.
- Now install all the APKs included within the ported System/App folder.
- Copy the com.amazon.cloud9-1.apk file from the transferred /sdcard/System/App folder to the same directory within your device’s internal memory.
- Reboot the device and voila! You now have Amazon’s Silk browser.
We managed to test the browser on HTC Desire Z running CM7.1, with mixed results. While the websites were loaded and rendered as they should, there were clear issues with the app adjusting to the comparatively smaller screen size of the device in question, especially while running in portrait mode.
Still, if you’re interested in trying out the app on your Android smartphone or tablet (your Nook Tablet, for example), then hit the source link provided below to download the required package.