Bitstream Inc. announced that the BOLTTM mobile browser, the company’s web browser for mobile phones of all types, has passed a major milestone, achieving its one millionth install just 18 weeks – just over four months – after its public debut.
The BOLT mobile browser, built to be used on a wide range of mobile phones from simple “feature” phones to more advanced devices such as BlackBerry smartphones, has averaged greater than 50 percent growth in usage each month since the application made its public debut at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this past February. Since its introduction, BOLT users have consumed more than 22 terabytes (22,000 gigabytes) of data from 61 million web pages.
“It’s been fascinating to see the similarities in how BOLT is being used by people all over the world, despite different geographies, languages and cultures,” said Anna Chagnon, president and CEO of Bitstream. “For example, social networking is extremely popular all around the world. In some countries Facebook is the number one website visited by BOLT users, while in other countries Orkut leads. Even though the web destinations may be different, the usage patterns are strikingly similar all over the globe.”
BOLT users worldwide are discovering that BOLT’s enhanced browsing experience leads them to spend more and more time surfing the Web from their mobile phones. More than 20 percent of BOLT users spend 30 minutes surfing the Internet per session, with more than half of those – a figure that continues to grow – spending more than an hour per session. In addition to social networking, search, web-based email and video websites are top ten destinations all around the world.
Built with proprietary compression, navigation and rendering technologies, BOLT enables users to find and read information quickly and easily. Once users have navigated to the specific section of the large web page they are viewing, they can then zoom in to display clear text and images that look crisp on even small mobile phone screens.
People are particularly enjoying the video streaming feature of the BOLT browser – the only mobile browser that lets people enjoy streaming videos on average mobile phones from such popular video services as YouTube, vids.myspace.com, video.yahoo.com, blip.tv, dailymotion.com, metacafe.com and more. Of the total bandwidth used by all BOLT users surfing the Internet, a substantial portion was consumed by streaming video.
BOLT’s feature set includes:
* Fast, secure, desktop-style web browsing on both high-end and low-end handsets
* Streaming video capabilities
* Split screen and full screen modes for easy navigation and viewing
* Ability to easily add and select favorites and view browsing history
* Intuitive keystroke shortcuts for easier navigation and content selection
* Protection against spyware and malicious or faulty add-ons
* 23:1 compression, which uses less data than competing browsers
BOLT is available for free to anyone as part of its public beta test. Visit http://boltbrowser.com to download BOLT today.