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

New Touch-Friendly UC Browser 8.0 Beta for Java ME

UC Mobile released a new version of the UC Browser for Java ME last week. It’s 8.0 Beta and is notable for its brand new, much more touch friendly user interface. This is Beta release, a number of features that were in previous UC Browser versions are not implemented. Here are the ones I noticed No save page or open saved pages options. No share to Twitter or Facebook option. No way to view the copy/paste clipboard. No option to remember the last page on … Continue reading

New Opera Mini 6.5 for iOS, BlackBerry, Symbian and Java ME, Opera Mobile 11.5 for Symbian

Opera Software rolled up updates to both Opera Mobile and Opera Mini today. Opera Mini 6.5, which was released for Android 3 weeks ago, is now available for Java ME, Symbian 2nd edition and latter, Apple iOS and BlackBerry OS 4.2.1 and latter. Opera Mobile 11.5, which also first appeared on Android three weeks ago, was released today for Symbian 3rd edition FP1 and latter. The iOS release is available in iTunes. Java, BlackBerry and Symbian versions can be downloaded from (desktop) or … Continue reading

KeePass, a FOSS Password Manager With Great Multiplatform (PC and Mobile) Support

The focus of this site is on mobile web apps so I rarely cover native apps. However I prefer using a native app for password management.  I want my passwords available instantly and everywhere regardless of whether I have a wireless signal or not.  I also need a password management solution that works on all my devices using the same encrpted password database.  I use Windows and Linux PCs as well as Android andSymbian smartphones and basic feature phones with Java … Continue reading

Albite – Free Java eBook Reader With Touch and ePub Support

I enjoy reading novels on my phones, particularly when traveling. I’m always on the lookout for new eBook readers particularly for Symbian^3 and Java feature phones where there aren’t many good options.  A reader pointed me to Albite, a new mobile Java eBook reading app that comes in several versions including one optimized for Symbian touchscreen devices. Albite reader is a free open source (Apache 2.0 license) app  by Svetlin Ankov. Download it from (mobile download site:  The key feature of Albite … Continue reading

Browser Test: Opera Mini 6 and Opera Mini 4.3

Click images to view full size Last week at CTIA, Opera Software released three new mobile browsers, Opera Mobile 11, Opera Mini 6 and Opera Mini 4.3.  I covered Opera Mobile 11 a couple of days ago.  Here’s my take on the new Opera Mini versions. Opera Mini 6 and 4.3 can be downloaded from using your phone or from with a PC. The Android version is also available from the Android Market. Opera Mini 6 is latest … Continue reading

Opera Mini, Bolt and UC Browser On Bada Phones!

Samsung’s Dolfin browser on the Wave bada phone is a good one  in most respects. It loads pages quickly,  has excellent JavaScript performance and supports geo-location and many HTML5 features. But I found it unusable with many desktop sites because the fonts are too small to read at the zoom level where text columns fit the screen. When you zoom in text doesn’t reflow and you have to scroll horizontally to read which I find intolerable. Thanks to a reader … 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