Among the clutter of web browsers available in the Play Store, users will now be able to see a more called option, "Internet: fast, light and private". This is the new Amazon offer in the app store, essentially a web browser for Android. And no, there is not an iOS version yet.
It can be reasonably stated that the application is aimed at smartphones that do not necessarily have connectivity or high quality specifications. Taking into account that Google recently launched a complete series of Go applications in the same line specifically for the Android Go platform, it is possible that Amazon is simply trying to keep up with the competition.
Currently, the application is only available in India, which may be the reason why the launch of the application was so silent. Apparently he has been in Play Store since March, but he went unnoticed among the large volume of other options available to users.
There is nothing specific in India about the application as such, apart from the fact that it is designed to accommodate slower network speeds. There are no Indian languages that have been integrated and honestly, it does not feel so different to use compared to their counterparts.
At the time of writing this article, the application has about 100 downloads, which is hardly innovative. Probably due to the fact that the application is only compatible with certain smartphones. Exceptions such as Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, Oppo A83 and Honor 9 Lite are not congruent.
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Amazon states that the web browser is "lighter than the competition" in the description of the application in the store. The download size of the apk is 2.1MB, which is considerably smaller than Firefox, Google Chrome and Opera. Chrome is the largest of the three at 61MB. Even the Opera Mini web browser for Android occupies 7.7 MB of space.
The application also emphasizes the aspect of privacy, which is not surprising with the Cambridge Analytica scandal still fresh in everyone's mind. True to his word, the application does not request any permission when it starts.
As an additional layer of privacy, the application also has the option of private tabs, which are basically similar to incognito mode in Chrome. Taking into account that the application is not recording your data, private tabs will also allow you to hide your browsing history from your phone.
The general design of the application is similar to the UC browser, although it is definitely less messy. The default page shows icons to access Amazon, Cricbuzz, Facebook, BookMyShow, India Times, Intex, MakeMyTrip and Twitter.
Within the application, users have the option to choose between Google and Bing as their default search engines. It is always good to have the option to choose.
This is not the only application & # 39; lite & # 39; that Amazon launched. Apparently, the lite version of Kindle was also launched at the same time. The original Kindle application of 49 MB is reduced to a 2 MB interface.
Speaking of Kindle, aside from the Internet search engine, Amazon has the Silk web browser, which runs on the company's Fire devices based on Android. But, Silk is not available through the Play Store.
The long-term game plan of why these applications are released is unclear. But according to the speculation, it seems that Amazon is creating its own ecosystem that may eventually be the default for its consumer products.