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BOLT Browser Goes Live In The Android Market

This morning Bitstream powered on the public version of their BOLT Browser, which was previously in a closed beta. Bolt has a laundry list of features, however the browser claims to be 25 to 50 percent faster than its competitors.

After downloading Bolt, I noticed that it needed some time to warm up. While at first it was noticeably slower than other browsers, it did speed up. The interface is at the same time both slick and clean, a UI that in my opinion could appeal to the masses. Like the other browsers out there, Bolt has tabbed pages, Flash support, copy/paste, pinch-to-zoom, the usual. The browser also supports Facebook apps such as Mafia Wars and Farmville, and has the ability to save web pages for offline use.

Anyone who is bored of their current browser should check out Bolt in the Android Market. The app is free so you have nothing to lose.

[Note] I did notice that it had a hard time loading both Android Life and Droid Life, I tried with both 3G/WiFi with the same result.

BOLT® Mobile Browser Unleashes Android Version Worldwide 

Bitstream’s BOLT browser brings lightning fast browsing, video, and social networking support to Android phones and tablets 

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. and CTIA Enterprise and Applications in SAN DIEGO – October 11, 2011
 – Bitstream Inc. (NASDAQ: BITS), today announced the public availability of its BOLT™ Mobile Browser 3.0 for Android™ phones and tablets. Previously only available through a private beta, BOLT 3.0 for Android is making its public debut at CTIA Enterprise and Applications. Users worldwide can now download BOLT 3.0 for Android for free at http://boltbrowser.com/android or Android Market.

BOLT’s cloud computing based WebKit architecture offloads much of the heavy lifting of serving Web content to the cloud, making it fast and economical for wireless networks. With a host of advanced browsing features including lightning fast streaming video and other advanced media viewing capabilities, BOLT 3.0 for Android offers the most feature-rich, desktop-style browsing experience to Android users worldwide. BOLT has always featured tight social networking integration, and BOLT 3.0 for Android improves upon previous versions with the addition of a new social tab, dedicated to Facebook. This tab allows for even faster sharing of websites, blogs, YouTube videos and status updates, without having to login to Facebook each time.

Optimized for small and efficient data transmissions, BOLT features unrivaled compression of Web content and speed – consistently 25 to 50 percent faster than its competitors. BOLT offers ultra-fast downloads of streaming and flash video allowing users to enjoy YouTube, CNN, MTV, ESPN and more, even if the user’s device does not support Flash videos. By compressing Flash videos with new adaptive streaming technology, BOLT ensures quick and economical video playback.

“BOLT’s advanced capabilities and sleek customer-centric feature set have been in high demand by Android users around the world, and with BOLT 3.0 for Android we’ve delivered,” said Sampo Kaasila, vice president of research and development for Bitstream. “Our engineering team has been hard at work to deliver the most feature-rich browsing experience to Android users. We took all the feedback from our private beta and used it to improve BOLT 3.0 even further, adding many of the features Android users want to BOLT’s already unmatched speed. The result is a truly powerful Android browser that has raised the bar for mobile browsers worldwide.”

Features of BOLT 3.0 for Android include:

  • Flash, HTML5 video playback with compression
  • Social Tab – currently dedicated for faster sharing on Facebook
  • Web Apps for popular services like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Wikipedia and more
  • Easy to use, intuitive user interface, optimized for Android

Bitstream will be demonstrating BOLT 3.0 for Android at CTIA Enterprise and Applications, being held October 11 – 13 in San Diego, California. To arrange a meeting or private demonstration, contact the BOLT team at [email protected].

BOLT 3.0 for Android is now available for free to any user with Android 2.1 or later. Visit http://boltbrowser.com/android or Android Market.

About BOLT®

The acclaimed BOLT mobile browser has the most faithful rendering of Web pages of any browser in its class. This fast mobile browser quickly and accurately displays Web pages on mobile phones just as they would appear on desktop computers. BOLT is the only browser for mobile phones of all types to support streaming video from popular media sharing sites such as YouTube and MySpace. Based on the same WebKit rendering engine used by the iPhone’s Safari and Android’s Chrome browsers, BOLT is compatible with the majority of the world’s 4 billion mobile phones. BOLT features a patented split-screen viewing mode, intuitive keystroke shortcuts and copy/paste functionality, and offers a user-friendly, feature-rich mobile browsing experience for even entry-level mobile phones. Download BOLT for free at http://boltbrowser.com – the mobile Internet has never looked this good on your phone.

About Bitstream

Bitstream Inc. develops software technologies and applications for the graphic art and mobile communications industries. Bitstream’s award-winning fonts and font technologies enable device manufacturers and application developers to render the highest quality text in any language, on any device, at any resolution. The company’s MyFonts brand is the world’s leading provider of fonts to consumers. Bitstream’s Pageflex brand enables marketers to easily produce customized communications in print, email and online. The company’s latest offering is the BOLT mobile browser which has been installed by millions of users worldwide since its release in February 2009. For more information visit www.bitstream.com.

Android is a trademark of Google Inc.

  • San Diego

    Great job! Nice blog. BOLT browser is a latest technology which has a fantastic advantage.The entire system is so much amazing.I must try it as soon as.It’s features are so much amazing.Thanks a lot for sharing with us.
    San Diego IT Support

  • Holly on behalf of BOLT

    After the Android launch last week, we ran into some major glitches with the build
    over the weekend. Bitstream has in fact removed the BOLT browser from the
    Android Market in order to fully repair the build so that we may post an
    improved version as soon as possible. 

    greatly appreciate all of the support we have received from bloggers and users
    throughout the beta process leading up to this launch. Unfortunately, some
    issues cannot be predicted. We do make every effort to capture feedback and
    listen to our users and we hope that the forthcoming version of BOLT for
    Android will deliver the browsing quality you all demand and deserve. 

    patience as we correct these issues is greatly appreciated. Any
    questions can be directed to our PR team at [email protected]
    or on Twitter @boltbrowser.


    you, BOLT
    Browser team

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  • Mlerota

    Every browser have a problem with droid-life. Your site is too slow 🙂

  • Ionre123

    Used it for ten minutes…I liked it, it loaded up pages fast…then it froze on me. Lol

  • There’s a mobile version of this site? Other than the app. I hate having apps for every little thing in the world.

  • Anonymous

    No word wrap. Kills it for me.

  • JP

    Bolt Browser makes me (not so fondly) remember my Blackberry days. [runs the other way screaming]

  • androidman

    Not bad the UI can use some work, and a exit button as well.  Think I will stick with dolphin at the moment but once they get those kinks worked out its going to be a powerhouse.

  • Installed and uninstalled in a record time…I guess its got that going for it….right?

  • If only Droid Life (a site about mobile devices) could detect when a mobile device was loading it (not a very hard thing to accomplish, read http headers), it would load fast in every Android browser.  I’ve always been stupified by the fact that it defaults to the full slow loading site I view on my computer when accessing it on my Droid.  Sure, I can wait until it loads and then click the mobile layout link at the bottom – but it doesn’t remember my choice (another easy fix – hello, cookies?).

    • Rokenford

      I wish i could like this post more than once…

    • Because I requested it like this…oh…a year ago.
      Saying we’re on fking SMART PHONES with the ability to load a webpage…
      Not Moto Cliq’s or what-not that barely had black and white format-free browsing.

      Lol, I seriously think I spiked the change…
      I mentioned it and the next day it defaulted to the full browser.

      • It’s totally fine that *some* people might want to load the full (slow loading, ad-riddled) website on their tiny 4.3″ screen… but I’m just saying, it would be SOOOOO incredibly easy to give you a preference AND make it stick through different sessions.   That’s all.  😛

        • And let me clarify that I’m not against Droid Life making a living by serving up ads on their site.  I view this site on my computer several times a day, so I’m helping their impression count… not so much their clickthru count because 99% of their ads seem to be the T-Mobile chick and I am not leaving Verizon… so there isn’t much to click on of interest.  At any rate, if I see a *tweet* or facebook status update on my phone, I click on the link and would appreciate it to load in a quick mobile format.  That’s all.   😉

    • Anonymous

      download the droid life app…

      • I’d rather just load it the browser than need an app.  But thank you for the suggestion.  😉

        • Anonymous

          yeah I hear ya.  I love the app but wish it had the ability to view comments.  

          • Anonymous

            That’s why the site needs to be able to detect a mobile browser.  If only they could implement the Disqus comments like the Engadget app does, that would be great.

    • There’s a mobile version of this site? Other than the app. I hate having apps for every little thing in the world.

    • David Hayden

      I agree. I emailed them a few days ago about having an alternate URL for the mobile site, like m.droid-life.com or droid-life.com/mobile. Still waiting for a response, but their inbox is probably stuffed with all sorts of crap. 

  • HullR

    Yes, space is a problem (have OG Droid).  I do like Opera Mini- is Dolphin better?

    • Anonymous

      i use dolphin mini and it is so much better than stock

      • HullR

        Thanks- I may give dolphin a try…have to figure out what to take off BEFORE I can put it on.  Opera is a lot better than the stock browser as well, but occasionally graphics show up as “x”. 

        • Anonymous

          actually never had a problem with dolphin on og d1. perfect

  • Anonymous

    All I can say is not good. Do they have testers test these apps before they are released? It is the opposite of fast and stuff doesn’t load properly.

  • Anonymous

    geez i wonder how long they took to type up this blog.. i never uninstalled an app so fast in my life lol.. the flashplayer is horrible.. even on wifi.. it buffers out video to a low grainy blurry nightmare.. i have it set to high on media, my internet is fast so this was a suprise.  Hardly no options, the UI seems stiff.. hard to click on the search bar.  The only thing i liked was how the scrolling was controlled better, so when you flick down or up the page it didnt go far.. oh and the page on droid life did not render well, it was horrible.  Why even bother posting this on here its terrible!!!  Moto Bionic.

  • Eskiar128

    It is fast but pages don’t load right, so there’s no use for it… still havent found something better than dolphin

  • Bob

    Nothing to lose except a whole lot of storage space on your phone. Just what I need, yet another browser that works about the same as the one that my phone came with. O.o

  • Anonymous

    Used this as my primary browser back in the my blackberry days. I’ll give it a go.

  • Just tried it.  It’s pretty turrible.

  • Matthew Rosidivito

    What does this have to do with the Galaxy Nexus?

  • Anonymous

    Using it now and is definitely very smooth and clean on my TBolt. Did start off kind of slow to load, but is quickly speeding up.

    Pretty nice =).

  • Anonymous

    This browser sucks, I was a beta tester for awhile it was terrible and probably still is.

  • Josh Flowers

    GetJar shortcut/bookmark can’t be deleted.

    small issue, but very annoying.

  • Anonymous

    I tried to download this, but it tells me my device is not compatible. Thunderbolt running LiquidSmooth, anybody else?

  • FortitudineVincimus

    It gets pretty poor reviews

  • DroidLifeRules

    I’ll pass

  • Anonymous

    A browser can have all the coolest features in the world, but if it can’t render pages properly – like Bolt – then it’s worthless.

    • Anonymous

      Ouch! Looks like I may just stick with Dolphin and Stock browsers at the present time, but I may later download BOLT just to see how it is for the hell of it seeing how it’s free.

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  • Nex

    Right now I use Miren browser, so i’ll give it a run. Curious how much faster it could be. 

  • ChuckDz3

    eh I’ll stick with Dolphin

    • Anonymous

      I’ve been using Dolphin for forever, but I have to say that this browser is pretty snappy after it gets a chance to warm up..I am considering trying it out for a while.