How to install the Silk browser on any Android phone or tablet

Here's a guide to hacking Amazon's Silk onto your rooted Android device.

By Jason Kennedy, PC World |  Consumerization of IT, Amazon, Android

One of the coolest features of the Kindle Fire is Amazon's proprietary Silk browser, an application designed to leverage Amazon's massive server resources by precaching Web pages and delivering them to you faster--in theory--than any other browser. It works by preloading all the content (including music, images, and video) on popular websites to Amazon's remote servers first, and then delivering the entire package to your mobile device in a single stream of data. Amazon calls it a "cloud-accelerated" browser, and it's the first of it's kind.

Sounds cool, right? Cool enough to try hacking the Silk browser onto your Android device? If you think so, read on, and we'll show you how to do it. Before we dive in, a word of warning: You need a PC running Windows and a compatible rooted Android device for this hack. The creator of Amazon Silk Port maintains a device compatability list that you should check first to ensure that the hack will work with your device. Remember, even if your device is supported, the hack is not guaranteed to work, and you run the risk of damaging or destroying your device.

Prep Your Device

First, you'll need to download the latest version of the SilkPort file package from a third-party hosting service. Scan the package for viruses and unpack it into a directory on your desktop.

Next, put your Android phone or tablet into Recovery mode. The method for doing this differs depending on what device you're hacking (for testing purposes, we successfully hacked a Galaxy Nexus), and especially on whether your device sports a physical QWERTY keyboard. If it does, you'll probably need to press the "up" button on the D-pad (toward the screen) and hold it while pressing the Power button until the device boots into Recovery mode. You may also be able to access Recovery mode by pressing and holding the camera button while simultaneously pressing and holding Volume Down, and then pressing the Power button.

Touchscreen-only phones are much easier. In most cases, you can just hold the Volume Down button, and then press the Power button. On the Galaxy Nexus with Ice Cream Sandwich, you press and hold both Volume buttons, and then press Power.

Sideload SilkPort


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