BOLT 2.1 marks the completion of beta testing on the most fully featured browser available for mobile phones of all types. Among BOLT 2.1’s new features are tighter integration with Facebook, support for HTML5 video and several new Flash video streaming websites.
With tabbed browsing, video support and social network integration, the second generation of the acclaimed BOLT browser enables handset manufacturers and mobile operators to deliver the best Internet user experience to all categories of mobile devices.
BOLT 2.1’s advanced integration with Facebook– by far the most popular domain visited by BOLT users around the world – includes the ability to use Facebook’s instant messaging service and to seamlessly copy text or links and post them to a Facebook account directly from within the BOLT browser.The most important new feature of BOLT 2.1 is tabbed browsing – giving people the ability to simultaneously browse multiple websites and easily switch between them – this functionality was a top request from BOLT users. With BOLT 2.1, Bitstream has expanded streaming video support to include mtv.com, nick.com, bbc.co.uk (UK), maniatv.com, svtplay.se (Sweden), hungama.com (India) and bollywoodhungama.com (India).
Additional notable upgrades in BOLT 2.1 include a faster widget gallery with updated user interface and a server upgrade to WebKit 4.03, keeping BOLT up-to-date with the latest web standards.The free consumer version of BOLT, available on mobile Java (J2ME) devices, has been downloaded nearly 7 million times since its debut in February 2009.
Over the the past few months, more than thirty-thousand users installed the consumer version of BOLT each day, while additional people began using pre-installed versions of BOLT on newly-available devices from Bitstream’s OEM partners in Asia and Eastern Europe.
The BOLT mobile browser is engineered to run on mobile phones of all types, from low-end feature phones to high-end smartphones. BOLT has been installed on 1,000s of different handset models running on hundreds of networks worldwide. BOLT is the only major WebKit-based cloud computing browser and is built to deliver a PC-like browsing experience on mobile phones.
Its small package, easy integration and comprehensive feature set make it ideal for handset manufacturers and mobile network operators to offer the best possible Internet experience for users of the widest range of mobile device categories.
Bitstream has made BOLT extremely easy to use, with keypad shortcuts to quickly navigate pages and scale up and down through the browser’s six levels of magnification. Comprehensive instructions on how to use all of BOLT’s many features can be found at http://boltbrowser.com/faq.html.
Recognizing that some mobile phones currently in use cannot support the full size applications and some network providers limit the size of application downloads, Bitstream also offers a light version of the BOLT mobile browser, BOLT LiteTM. BOLT Lite contains all the essential features of the BOLT mobile browser, retaining BOLT’s feature-rich functionality, best-of-breed download speeds and desktop PC-style page layout in a smaller package optimized for entry-level devices.
BOLT 2.1 and BOLT Lite for free at http://boltbrowser.com. Consumers who have downloaded previous versions of BOLT will be prompted through the application to upgrade the browser.