24 May 2010
BOLT Browser 2.1 Brings HTML5 Video
Support And Enhanced Facebook Integration
Bitstream Inc. is a software development company that enables customers worldwide to render high-quality fonts, browse the Web on wireless devices, today announced availability of BOLT 2.1, the next generation of the BOLT mobile browser, the most fully featured browser for mobile phones of all types.
The most important new feature brings HTML5 video support. Adobe Flash is stil the de-facto standard for delivering video on the web but HTML 5 is coming at you like a runaway train and one of its most exciting new features is the inclusion of the <video> element, which allows developers to include video directly in their pages without the need for any plugin-based solution.
Now thanks to the just released update for BOLT browser you are able to watch the HTML5 based videos on your phone without the need for any plugin-based solution.
Among the new features in the BOLT 2.0 Beta version is tighter integration with Facebook – by far the most popular domain visited by BOLT users around the world – including 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.
Like its predecessor, BOLT 2.1 is engineered to run on mobile phones of all types, from low-end feature phones to high-end smartphones. BOLT is the only major WebKit-based cloud computing browser and is built to deliver a PC-like browsing experience on mobile phones. The second generation of BOLT maintains all the features of the first generation BOLT browser, including many that no other mobile browser offers:
- Perfect rendering of Web pages on any class of phone, scoring 100 percent on the Web Standard’s project Acid3 test.
- Streaming video from many of the world’s most popular video sharing websites, including YouTube, MySpace, Blip.TV and MetaCafe, as well as websites that stream videos such as CNN, ESPN and any website with embedded YouTube videos.
- Super fast download speeds.
- Copy and pasting text.
- Built-in integration with Twitter and Facebook.
- Password manager.
- Download/Upload manager.
- The inclusion of widgets, standalone mobile applications that are run directly from the browser, such as a weather app, calendar app, calculator, Twitter client and others. These widgets let people using any phone take part in the mobile apps revolution.
- Best of breed over-the-air data compression, resulting in faster load times and decreased data usage.
- Patented split screen viewing to make surfing complicated Web pages simple, and viewing content on the smallest of screens easy.
Bitstream has made BOLT extremely easy to use, with keyboard 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.
BOLT is free to download and works on any Mobile Java (J2ME) phone (approximately 75 percent of the estimated 4 billion phones in use today). Handset manufacturers and wireless operators looking to preload BOLT on their mobile phones can license a custom version of BOLT built for any operating system or platform.
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.
The BOLT 2.1 can be downloaded for free at http://boltbrowser.com/beta/download.html. People can still download BOLT 1.7 and BOLT Lite for free at http://boltbrowser.com.