Bolt Browser Discontinued! Servers Shut Down

The popular Android and Mobile Java proxy browser Bolt,  is being discontinued. The cloud service that it runs on will be shut down on Dec 14th, 2011.  The news came in the form of a cryptic message overlay that started appearing today in the browser. It reads Dear Bolt User, the free BOLT mobile browsing service will be discontinued starting Dec-14, 2011. Unfortunately, the economic circumstances prevent us from running a free service going forward. We apologize for any inconvenience … 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 Bolt Browser’s xAD Local Search

Bolt browser recently started returning results for local searches from mobile local search and advertising company xAD. According to xAD the partnership will give users more relevant results and added features like reviews, offers, maps and directions. Currently live in the US only, xAD results will soon start appearing for Bolt users in Germany, U.K. and France. I gave xAD a try with a few local search queries.  Results were generally pretty good. For most queries xAD returned results that were as … Continue reading

New Browser Releases: Opera Mini 6 for iOS, Bolt 2.51 and Opera Mobile 11 for MeeGo N900 DE

Can’t see the video: Click here to view on YouTube This week was a busy one for mobile browser vendors with three new releases. The most notable is the long awaited Opera Mini 6 for the iPhone and iPad which was announced and demoed at CTIA in March and is finally available.  I wonder how much of the delay was due to Apple’s paternalistic app aproval process? New features in the iOS release include: Updated design with a fresh new … Continue reading

Updated: Mobile Browser Speed Test – Opera Mini 4.2 vs 5 vs Bolt 1.5

Updated: The speed tests of Opera Mini were run against the mobile version rather than the desktop version as intended. Rerunning against the desktop version of the Google site increased the times recorded for both browsers. Opera Mini 5 went from 2.7 to 6 seconds and Opera Mini 4’s time increased from 2.3 seconds to 3 seconds. The table and graph have been updated with the new values. I’ve run some speed tests on the new Opera Mini 5 … Continue reading