Bolt mobile browser enters public beta


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The race for a good mobile browser is always in full swing and Bitstream (s BITS) has announced their Bolt browser will enter a public beta tomorrow.  Bitstream is no novice in the mobile browser scene as they were the folks behind the Thunderhawk browser that offered a full desktop browsing experience years ago.

Bolt has been in a limited beta for a while but the start of a public beta means that anyone can get their hands on what looks to be a very decent mobile browser.  Bitstream claims that Bolt is 50 percent faster than rival browsers in rendering full desktop-quality web pages.  It supports streaming video from the popular web sites such as YouTube and

Features in Bolt:

  • Fast, secure, desktop-style web browsing on both high-end and low-end handsets
  • Streaming flash video capabilities
  • WebKit rendering engine offers high standards compliance
  • Support for XML, ATOM and RDF formats of RSS feeds
  • Support for JavaScript and AJAX
  • Split screen and full screen modes for easy navigation and viewing
  • Intuitive keystroke shortcuts for easier navigation and content selection
  • 128-bit Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption for secure access to web pages
  • Server filtering to protect users from spyware and other malware
  • Certificate error notification
  • Easily add and select favorites and view browsing history
  • Ability to clear history and cookies

Bolt will run on devices that can run mobile Java (J2ME) such as BlackBerry (s rimm) devices.  It can also run on feature phones making this a very suitable browser for just about any phone out there.  Bolt is built on the WebKit engine which is the same engine used in the iPhone (s aapl) and Android G1 (s goog) phone.  Head over to the Bolt web site and get your beta copy going right away (that would be tomorrow).



Frustrating, can’t get the app to download to my Sprint Mogul running WM 6.1, Bolt support has not been able figure this one out yet.


They do Java because that makes it compatible with everything from a Motorola running linux to a Nokia running symbian.

Opera mini runs on Java and it’s very speedy.


Why java? That decreases speed horribly. Please make an iPod touch version though, Safari is horrible.

Brian E

What is their business model? I tend to distrust companies that give away things in exchange for giving them all your information. Usually the business model is “collect data and sell it to advertisers”.

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