UC Browser Version 7 Beta 2 Is Much Improved – But Popular Sites Are Blocked By The “Great Firewall”

There is a major new release of  the UCWEB browser in the works.  It’s Version 7.0 and is already in its second Beta.  The official Beta releases are Chinese only but several users have created English translations and posted them to the UCWEB User Forum. No one seems to have translated the Symbian S60 3rd edition variant of  7.0 Beta 2 yet, so I’m running a Java ME version on my N95, UC Browser 7 Beta 2 Java Script Improvement … Continue reading

Updated: Verizon Woos Developers With Openness

I’ve been watching a live webcast of  the Verizon Developer Community Conference that is being held today in San Jose. The U.S.’s biggest mobile operator is saying that they are through with the walled garden and proprietary platforms.  Developers are being promised that going forward it will be much easier, faster and less costly to get their apps to market on Verizon phones. Key elements of the new developer initiative include: A new vCast Application Store launching by year end … Continue reading

Java Verified Not An Ovi Store Requirement After All!

At S60Blogs, which is published by Nokia, Aleksi Uotila has clarified that Java Verified certification is NOT a requirement for Java ME applications to be accepted in the Ovi Store.  Apps must still pass Java Verified test criteria and do need to be signed with a Verisgn or Thawte certificate, but testing by an independent test house while recommended, is not required.  Nokia will apparently do the testing themselves at no charge to the developer. There’s a discussion of what … Continue reading

Can’t Download Opera Mini? Here’s Some Help

This is the fifth in a series of Opera Mini Tips and Tricks posts.  This one covers the situation where you get an error trying to download Opera Mini.  The Opera developers have gone to a lot of trouble to make Mini a generic Java ME application that will work on as many phones as possible.  Most of the time installing Opera Mini is simply a matter of visiting mini.opera.com with your phone’s built-in browser, clicking the download link and … Continue reading

Official Release of UCWEB 6.3 For Java ME

Thanks to tips from a couple of readers, I can report that the official English version of UCWEB 6.3 for Java ME phones is now available. You can read the release announcement on the UCWEB forum here. Download the new release from http://www.uc.cn/English/download.shtml (PC) or  http://wap.ucweb.com (mobile). New features in this release are listed as: Brand new UI Optimization of page layout Intelligent input of address Optimization of download management and flow. Number keys for main menu and context menu. … Continue reading

MWC09: Bolt Browser – New Version and Open Beta

Update: Feature list for new version added. At Mobile World Congress, Bitstream, Inc. announced that the Bolt Browser is now in public Beta, freely available to anyone without the need for a Beta code. There’s a new version too, 0.86.  I haven’t been able to find release notes or any indication of what’s new in this release.  I suspect it’s a bug fix release with no new features.  Trying 0.86 on my BlackBerry and N95-3 I immediately  noticed one bug … Continue reading

New Bolt Browser Beta

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 … Continue reading

Bolt Browser Review

I’ve been playing with the Bolt browser for a couple of hours now and my impressions are generally pretty good.  Bolt is from Cambridge, Massachusetts based Bitstream, a company best known for it’s digital fonts and font rendering software. But Bitstream is not new to the browser field, they also produce the ThunderHawk browser for Windows Mobile and  Symbian. Bolt, like ThanderHawk (and Opera Mini, Skyfire, UCWEB and Teashark),  is a server based browser meaning that much of the page  … Continue reading