Amazon has officially released their new set of Kindle products headlined by the Android-based Kindle Fire tablet.
The trade magazines have been beating the Fire up this week comparing it to the iPad, but as the WSJ pointed out today Amazon may not necessarily be trying to produce the elusive “iPad killer”. The Fire runs a new browser called Silk which leverages the power and capabilities of the Amazon Web Services (AWS). Amazon answers the question “Do people really need another browser?” here. Silk is based on the open-source WebKit engine as is Google’s Chrome and Apple’s Safari. It securely connects by default to Amazon’s cloud service to fetch and render content, which ComputerWorld reports is raising some privacy concerns.
Also Amazon announced “touch” versions of the Kindle.