Speeding Up the Silk Browser
There are a few settings you'll be able to manipulate that will help the Silk browser on your Kindle Fire go even faster. Although there haven't been too many complaints about the speed, faster is always better, right? To access these settings, open a new browser and then go from menu options at the bottom to settings, where you'll get a list of options.
From top to bottom, turn off "enable plugins," meaning things like Flash won't slow you down with their long loading times. You'll also want to experiment with unchecking the "accelerate page loading" box. Some people are finding that pages may actually load faster without it. Lastly, switch over to mobile view at the bottom, which should also make it easier to navigate on the Fire's 7" screen. Ta da! Give it a spin and see how it works for you. And what better place to test it out than Amazon.com.
Changing Your Home Page
[Edit: It looks like the makers of Go Launcher EX have just disabled use of this app for the Fire on Amazon. People are finding that the app still works if they sideload it from m.getjar.com.]
If you're looking for something different than the gray bookshelf carousel that appears in the background of your Kindle Fire, there's a way to change that to something more akin to what you'd find on other Android devices. The key is changing the app launcher that boots up with your device. What you need to do is download a free app called Go Launcher EX. Once it's there, hit the home button to choose between Go Launcher and Amazon's Launcher. You can also make one your default choice. Then restarting your device should give you the different look! [From liliputing]
Here are some more details on that free app you need to change the homescreen.
Name: Go Launcher EX
Rating: 4.6 stars over 24 reviews
Description: GO Launcher EX is the extra version of GO Launcher. This launcher app provides beautiful themes, fast flip speed, and useful functions. Features include fancy home screen transition (MENU-preferences-display settings-screen transition), theme support, smooth scrolling, icon pop-up menu, gesture support, and scrollable widgets that can be resized.
Analysis: A great app for changing the design. As of today, it's no longer supported for Kindle Fire, but will be useful on Android phones.Get your free copy of Go Launcher EX!
Stay tuned for more free apps later!