Bitstream has released an update (V. 0.83) to their Java ME based Bolt full-web mobile browser.
Here’s a changelog:
- APN configuration automated for BlackBerry devices. BOLT now auto-detects network details. This will eliminate the “internet not available” error messages, and manual APN configuration requirements, some BlackBerry users were experiencing.
- BlackBerry dedicated back key support. Also supported on some SE devices.
- BlackBerry scrolling enhancements. Scrolling on track ball BlackBerry devices is now faster and smoother.
- BlackBerry-specific enhancements to match BlackBerry system short cuts such as “.” when space is pressed in URL mode.
- System fonts will be utilized instead of Bitstream fonts for lists and options, resulting in increased usability.
- Improved server support, resulting in a more stable browsing experience.
- Automatic reconnect after client/server disconnect.
- Usability enhancements for URL, Favorites and History entry and management.
- Instant switching between landscape and portrait modes (this formerly required a server round trip). This should also enhance user experience on accelerometer powered devices such as the BlackBerry Storm.
- Auto-Update. When a new release is available, BOLT will prompt users to download and install the new release directly from BOLT.
- Blackberry Specific Scrolling/navigation enhancements including space to page down one screen and space+shift to page up one screen, ‘t’ to jump to top of page, ‘b’ to jump to bottom.
- Double tap/double click as a shortcut to toggle between zoom out split screen mode, and full screen mode.
To upgrade or to install Bolt for the first time go to http://boltbrowser.com , click the download link and fill out the form on the download page. I’m not sure if you need a referral code for upgrades. In any case it looks like the “wapreview” referral code is still good. I used it and got the email containing my one time download URLs almost instantly.
Bolt is a server based full-web mobile browser that works on most phones with Java ME MIDP 2.0 support. I was quite impressed with the initial Beta, particularly the rendering quality and the ability to render Flash videos. For more about Bolt see my full review.