A free and downloadable browser for mobile phones has become a hit in the country where it was substantially engineered – India.
In the three months since it was first unveiled world-wide at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Bitstream’s “BOLT” browser, has seen one in six active users in India – that is more than any other country outside the US. They have used the tool to visit 4 million web pages and consume over 1 terabyte of bandwidth.
Forsaking the customary simplified, mini version of the Internet, that most hand phone editions of web browsers settle for , BOLT promises a fast, feature-rich way to enjoy full PC-style web pages as well as rich media applications including video streaming from multiple sources. It is claimed to be at least 25 to 50 percent faster than other browsers for mobiles. Unlike many competitors it doesn’t call for a smart phone but works with all popular makes of Java enabled phones and can also be ported on the Blackberry.
Built on Bitstream's ThunderHawk browsing technology, BOLT is the result of 5 years development that included engineering at its Noida, India, centre as well as in Bangaldesh.
The browser is quite small – 160 KB – and can be downloaded from:
( Bangalore, June 1 2009)