There’s a case to be made that Amazon’s new browser is more important than its tablet
The hardware Amazon AMZN introduced Wednesday dominated the early headlines. Most of the coverage focused on whether Amazon’s Fire tablet will cut into sales of Apple’s AAPL iPad or Barnes & Noble’s BKS Nook or both.
But the second-day stories have started to zero in on the implications of a less-heralded — and more unexpected — announcement: The special-purpose browser Amazon’s software engineers have designed to speed up Web searches on their new mobile device.
To get all this on the screen of a hand-held device without an unreasonable delay, Bezos and his engineers explained, Amazon has split the task in two: Some of the work is done by the tablet, but most is carried out in Amazon’s giant server farms, where users’ Web request are sent for pre-processing and, where possible, caching for future use.
Those aren’t quite the terms Amazon’s engineers used when they described Silk to the press in a 5:45 video. We’ve posted the YouTube version below the fold.