Similarities Between Opera Mini And Amazon Silk
Opera Mini and Amazon Silk are built with the compression technology to compress before your contents get to the browser. Hence this is not anything new to the Amazon Silk users. The Opera Mini users have already experienced the compression technology and its high speed even while travelling. Opera Mini is offered to Java phones, Symbian, Android, Blackberry, iOS and Windows mobile whereas Amazon Silk is released on its Kindle Fire tablet but it may extend to any mobile devices in the future. Both Opera Mini and Amazon Silk support mobile views of websites.
Differences Between Opera Mini And Amazon Silk
The split-browser architecture uses the configuration of the Amazon EC2 server depending upon the internet speed for faster processing and downloads while Opera says it is using the same technology already for years. The next highlighting feature with the Silk is it learns the users’ behaviours and page characteristics of any web pages and stores the knowledge in its server for faster retrieval. Before the users request for the next page on the browser, the server requests the access to all the pages.
Amazon also claims since its EC2 server hosts most of the top sites, the page loading process is going to happen within Amazon Web Services that boosts the browsing speed further. While Opera Mini does not support Adobe Flash, Silk may support but it is not clearly said. When the users do not want to use a cloud browser for some reasons, they can choose the ‘off-cloud’ mode with Silk whereas in Opera they cannot and have to install Opera Mobile or any other mobile browser.
The Bottom Line
The compression technology behind the browser may not be new in the market but Amazon Silk is wrapped up with additional features like pre-requesting the web pages, storing the page characteristics for faster retrieval, having the page loading process within Amazon infrastructure for the sites hosted on its EC2 server that will give the best cloud browsing experience ever. The idea of turning off the cloud mode is much appreciated which stops the users to install a traditional web browser if they do not believe Silk’s privacy and security.
Though Opera Mini and Amazon Silk are faster than any traditional browsers for their compression technology, Amazon Silk overtakes Opera Mini for its ‘split-browser’ architecture. For instance, when the internet connectivity is low, both utilize their compression servers but when the connectivity is high, Amazon Silk can utilize its other highlighting features to the maximum which decreases the dependability on the local hardware. Since Silk’s cache is designed to store on the EC2 server, it does not occupy more than a byte on the mobile device. As Amazon Silk is designed in such a way to give the users a great cloud browsing experience, it definitely wins over Opera Mini.
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