When the Bolt browser launched in February 2009 it grabbed 700 million pages viewed, 190 million minutes of video watched, 180 terabytes of data transferred, and over 5 million users. Bitstream Inc, today announced Beta availability of BOLT 2.0, the next generation of the BOLT mobile browser.
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.
The most important new feature of BOLT 2.0 is the addition of tabbed browsing.
“Each new version of BOLT becomes more exciting to announce,” said Anna Magliocco-Chagnon, president and CEO of Bitstream. “We are closely listening to our end-users through our user forum, our Twitter and Facebook pages, and their comments on blog posts and articles, and they are guiding our development roadmap in important ways. It is this close relationship we are building with our users to which we attribute our stunning growth. BOLT added 1 million new users in the last five weeks alone.”
BOLT 2.0 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 offers:
Additional notable upgrades in BOLT 2.0 include a faster widget gallery with updated user interface and a server upgrade to WebKit 4.03.