Amazon has announced and released an update to its Silk browser for Kindle Fire tablets. This should be available or already installed on all new $50 Fire tablets, as well as legacy Kindle Fire tablets as far back as 2013. But has the update overcome Silk’s shortcomings?
According to Amazon, the new updates – largely cosmetic – include an updated navigation bar, updated home page experience, simplified bookmarking, an improved Reading List, and improved tab support.
From my own experience, the new features are attractive, but don’t really add what I’m looking for from Silk. The new home page tiles offer more immediate and navigable access to frequently visited pages, but then this wasn’t exactly a problem before. The Reading List may offer a handy mini-bookmarking resource for one-off reads, online or offline, but then, so can a simple open tab. And above all, the bookmarks feature: yes, it’s good to be able to save bookmarks quickly. But still to be unable to categorize them? Or import them? That’s a massive failing that still isn’t fixed.
I’ve railed about this issue previously, sharing all I knew about workarounds for the problem. And it still seems such a no-brainer that I’m wondering if I’m ignoring some obvious function that I missed so far. I mean, what’s the point of powering your browser with a superfast supercomputer if you deprive it of one of the most basic browser features? Until that gets fixed, Amazon is still depriving its customers of a fundamental function of all browsers, without any apparent good reason. Given that we’re dealing with a company that prides itself on being the global consumer’s best friend, could someone please explain that to me?