Bitstream Inc today announced new faster 1.5 version of BOLT the Web Browser for mobile phones of all types,with this new version Bolt marks the entry out of the beta mode. BOLT always claims that its browser is 25 to 50 % faster than the competing browsers available in the market.
BOLT promises that the new version which is again based on J2ME will enable to view full web pages similar as that in case of desktop terminals.
Launched last February, BOLT continues to enjoy a solid adoption growth rate that exceeds 50 percent per month. Since February, the average usage rate of BOLT has tripled with the company’s servers reporting more than 1.4 million pages rendered daily.
Advanced features supported by the BOLT web browser include streaming videos from video websites, copy and paste, upload files, photos and videos to websites. For BlackBerry users it includes default BlackBerry shortcuts and optimizations.
“Eight months ago at Mobile World Congress when we first made BOLT available, we had no set date for when we would emerge from beta,” said Anna Chagnon, president and CEO of Bitstream. “We were focused on one mission: building the most capable Web browser that could transform virtually any mobile device into a practical Internet tool. We owe a big debt of gratitude to the loyal BOLT end users who provided invaluable feedback and helped us build for them and others what we believe to be a truly important mobile application.”
The new BOLT 1.5 includes all the features in previous beta versions plus important new features and service enhancements to improve reliability, usability and speed.
BOLT offers ultra-fast viewing of streaming and flash video, high standards compliance, rich media and graphics enabling people to view websites just as they do on a PC. Recent data also includes usage from the new BOLT liteTM, a new lightweight version of the BOLT mobile browser.
Recognizing that some mobile phones currently in use cannot support robust applications and some network providers limit the size of application downloads, Bitstream created BOLT lite a smaller application that includes all the essential features of the BOLT mobile browser but excludes some of the advanced features to maintain a small application size that can work on lower-end phones and virtually every mobile network. BOLT lite retains BOLT’s feature-rich functionality, best-of-breed download speeds and desktop PC-style page layout.
BOLT and BOLT lite are now available for free to anyone as part of its public beta test. Visit http://boltbrowser.com.