UC Browser 8.4 for Java Released With Bug Fixes, New Features

UC Mobile LTD quietly released a new version of the UC Browser for Java ME a couple of days ago. It’s version 8.4. By convention even numbered point releases of UC such as 8.4 are “stable” releases that contain few or no new features while odd numbered versions like 8.3 are “new feature” releases. So 8.4 is basically 8.3 minus the bugs. 8.4 incorporates the following features that were added in 8.3: UDisk – Download content from the web to … Continue reading

Opera Mini 7.0 Now Available For Java ME, BlackBerry and S60

Opera Software has just announced the availability of version 7.0 of the Opera Mini browser for Java ME, BlackBerry and Symbian S60 second edition and latter including all Nokia Belle devices. Opera sent me a pre-release copy of the Java ME version earlier today. Here are my initial impressions. Opera Mini 7.0 is the release version of the Opera Mini Next Beta, that launched three months ago. It contains many bug fixes and stability improvements, but no new features compared with Opera Mini … Continue reading

Nokia Series 40 Browser V 2.0.2 Review

Nokia has lent me a Nokia Asha 303 S40 Touch and Type phone that I’ve been using to explore the latest Nokia Browser for S40 devices. The Nokia browser is a proxy browser like Opera Mini and the UC Browser. When the user requests a page, the browser sends the request to a Nokia server which fetches the page and pre-formats the content before sending it to the browser as a compressed binary stream. Proxy browsers are especially well suited … Continue reading

Bolt 3.0 For Android Now Available To All

Bitstream’s Bolt Browser for Android is out of beta and available in the Android Market. I haven’t been able to find a direct download link (needed for users with non-“Google Experience” devices which don’t have the Android Market). Android 2.1 or latter is required. Although labeled 3.0, this is actually the first public release of Bolt for Android. The latest Bolt for Java and Blackberry is 2.5 hence the 3.0 version. Features of BOLT 3.0 for Android include: Server side compression … Continue reading

Hands On With The New UC Browser 7.9 for Symbian and Java

UC Mobile Ltd has released a new English language version of their flagship product, the UC Browser. Although the Chinese language edition of UC Browser 8.0 has been out for some months, the new English version is a step behind at  V 7.9. It’s currently only available for Symbian S60 v1 and later and for Java ME.  Android, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile versions are still at 7.8 for the time being. You can get UC 7.9 by visiting wap.ucweb.com using your phone’s browser. … Continue reading

UC Browser 7.4 For Symbian, Java and Windows Mobile

UC Mobile Limited launched an English language version of UC Browser 7.4 today. It’s available now at ucweb.com (mobile: wap.ucweb.com) for Symbian 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th editions, Java and Windows Mobile.  The Symbian 5th edition version also works on Symbian^3 phones like the N8. You need to download it from the UC site as the Ovi Store still lists the older 7.2 version. Android and iPhone releases of 7.4 are expected soon. The official press release has screenshots, performance … Continue reading

Bolt 2.02 Released

Bitstream updated the Bolt browser to version 2.02 today. There doesn’t seem to be a changelog,  but according to a post by one of the admins on the official Bolt user forum its “..a minor update which will speedup the connection in some devices and also fixes the cookies/login-save issues in some devices.” Bolt will prompt you to update every time you launch it. Updating over the air is pretty painless with most platforms. If you have problems updating, visit … Continue reading

Bolt Beta 3 Browser Review

I’ve been using the new release of Bolt (V 1.04, aka Beta 3) for about a day now and I’m quite impressed.  This release represents a significant upgrade.  The new support for bold and italic fonts, file uploading  and copying text from web pages is particularly welcome. Bolt and italic support may seem like a small thing but it makes for a big improvement in the appearance and readability of many sites. Of all the server assisted Java based browsers … Continue reading