Fall 2016 Amazon Silk Web Browser Update Adds Recommendations, Bookmark Folder

Amazon isn't investing as much effort in publicizing their web browser as they used to (they've even deleted the Amazon Silk blog) but work has continued since the update last fall.

Last night my Fire tablet refreshed its web browser with the popup shown in the following screenshot.

Fall 2016 Amazon Silk Web Browser Update Adds Recommendations, Bookmark Folder e-Reading Software Fire Web Browser

The Silk browser team has updated the app with a bookmark folder, a "Most Visited Sites" option in the address bar, and an algorithmic "Instant Recommendations" feature.

As you can see in the screenshot at the end of the post, the most visited sites feature shows you the sites you frequent. I don't use my silk browser for much, so mine is rather boring, but this feature does work.

The instant recommendations feature, on the other hand, does not. I tested the feature on several different pages, and none of the recommended articles were relevant to the pages I was viewing.

The recommended articles did have a vague connection in a keyword matching sort of way, but they did not have a topic similar or even related to the one I was reading at the time.

This is clearly a feature which needs to go back to the drawing board.

About Nate Hoffelder (9907 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

2 Comments on Fall 2016 Amazon Silk Web Browser Update Adds Recommendations, Bookmark Folder

  1. Here in May of 2017 Amazon has finally broken the Instant Recommendations feature contained within their Silk Browser. They recently pushed through several application updates – one of which provided a new on/off switch for Instant Recommendations; however, in the process they completely disabled this feature from finding ANY matching articles. In addition, they also disabled the swipe from the right functionality. The developers in charge of Silk drive me crazy!!

  2. UPDATE: Today, 5/29/17, Instant Recommendations is working perfectly. Swipe from the right still doesn’t work; however, that’s not a show-stopper for me.

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