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BlackBerry (Storm / Tour) J2ME Updated Apps 2Day: BOLT Mobile Browser

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Many of our readers who are BlackBerry and J2ME cell phone users have enjoyed the BOLT mobile browser.  We saw a demo of the BOLT at CTIA on both the BlackBerry Storm and commonly used "free-style" basic phones.  BOLT rendered the images like a computer and because BOLT is powered by the Bitstream people who really know their fonts, the fonts appeared quickly and clearly. An added benefit is the ability to view Flash-based animated web pages such as YouTube videos.

Bitstream just released the faster Beta3 release of  BOLT and added the ability to copy and paste text from web pages, enhanced font
rendering, inline entry of text into online forms and support for languages
using Cyrillic alphabets.

Other new features included:

  • The ability to upload files such as videos to YouTube or pictures to Photobucket.
  • Managment of favorites to order favorites and arrange them into custom folders.
  • Toggle between viewing websites with or without images displayed.

BOLT added a forum for users to discuss the BOLT browser. The BOLT browser features unrivaled speed -- consistently at least 25 to 50 percent
faster than competitors. The WebKit based BOLT browser 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.

BlackBerry Tour users will be looking for a better browser because reviewers have mentioned the sub-competitor browser.  We have seen through Twitter posts that that  BOLT really speeds up the BlackBerry Tour and have a call to the technical team at  BOLT to confirm compatibility.  We found through forums that BOLT is
only browser that automatically shows the full PC-version of the website, while Opera
Mini and the BlackBerry browser shows WAP, lower-functionality web
pages. The BlackBerry Tour has a similar operation system to the BlackBerry Storm.  BlackBerry Storm users flocked to BOLT early on.  

BOLT, however, works on many phones.  If you surf the web at all your cell phone, its worth checking out BOLTBOLT has been installed on more than 1,000 mobile phone models from over 50 handset manufacturers.

They also created BOLT lite. 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. BOLT
lite's 140kb package has been optimized for entry-level devices by
eliminating BOLT's non-critical features.

BOLT features is fast and  consistently at least 25 to 50 percent
faster than competitors. The WebKit based BOLT browser 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.

People are spending a lot of time using BOLT. More than 20 percent of all
BOLT sessions last longer than 30 minutes; more than 10 percent of all
sessions last longer than one hour. One reason BOLT sessions last so long
is that users are spending a lot of time social networking. A whopping 40
percent of all websites visited using BOLT are social networks. Depending
on the geographic region, either Facebook or Orkut is the most visited
website by BOLT users.

The top destinations of BOLT users are:

  •  Social networks (e.g., Facebook, Orkut)
  •  Search (e.g., Google, Yahoo!)
  •  Video websites (e.g., YouTube, Dailymotion)
  •  Microblogs (e.g., Friendster, Twitter)
  •  News (e.g., CNN, The New York Times)
  •  Entertainment (e.g., One Manga (www.onemanga.com), Trenton Made
  • (www.trentonmade.com))
  •  Sports (e.g., ESPN, Cricinfo.com)
  •  Email (e.g., Gmail, Yahoo! Mail)
  •  Mobile Content (e.g., Zedge, Peperonity)
  • Shopping (e.g., Amazon.com, eBay)

People are enjoying the video streaming feature of the BOLT browser -- the
only mobile browser that lets people enjoy streaming videos on average
mobile phones from such popular video services as YouTube, vids.myspace.com, video.yahoo.com, blip.tv, dailymotion.com, metacafe.com and more. Of the total
bandwidth used by all BOLT users surfing the Internet, a substantial
portion was consumed by streaming video.

Built with proprietary compression, navigation and rendering technologies,
BOLT enables users to find and read information quickly and easily. Once
users have navigated to the specific section of the large web page they are
viewing, they can then zoom in to display clear text and images that look
crisp on even small mobile phone screens.

Here's a List of BOLT's Features:

  • Fast, secure, desktop-style web browsing on both high-end and low-end handsets.
  • Streaming video capabilities.
  • Split screen and full screen modes for easy navigation and viewing.
  • Easily add and select favorites and view browsing history.
  • Intuitive keystroke shortcuts for easier navigation and content selection.
  • Protection against spyware and malicious or faulty add-ons.
  • 23:1 compression uses less data than competing browsers.

The BOLT browsers can be download a the BOLT website. Let us know what you think.

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