Amazon has pushed out a new update to their Silk browser for Fire TV devices that doesn’t appear to change anything other than rebrand the browser. The app, which was formerly named “Silk Browser for Fire TV,” has been renamed to “Amazon Silk – Web Browser.” The browser has also received a new bright teal icon that emphasizes the word “internet” above the name of the app. While this could be nothing more than a quick spruce up for the app, it could also be a hint of something bigger to come.
As the primary way for users to access YouTube on Fire TV devices, Amazon Silk has become an important part of the platform. Adding the word “Amazon” to the app’s official name, as well as Amazon’s trademark arrow under the word “internet” in the app icon, could be viewed as an emphasis of that importance.
Rebranding is often a precursor to more changes coming in the future. When Amazon rebranded the Amazon Echo app into the Amazon Alexa app, it occurred just before Amazon made their voice assistant available to 3rd-party manufacturers, which is what kicked off Alexa being available in so many products. While the rebranding of Amazon Silk on Fire TV devices likely won’t kick off the same product revolution, it might herald the release of new functionality or new devices.