If you aren’t using a BlackBerry Torch, or, haven’t downloaded a leaked version of BlackBerry 6 for the Bold 9650, surfing the web via BlackBerry Browser is a pretty excruciating experience. Fortunately there are 3rd party browsers out there that make browsing the web less painful. Bolt from Bitstream is arguably one of the best 3rd party BlackBerry browsers out there and it has recently been updated to version 2.3.
Bolt, a third part web browser that makes viewing web pages on a BlackBerry device tolerable, has been updated to version 2.11. BitStream says that the update to Bolt doesn’t add new functionality, however, it does address several issues (read bugs) with the previous version…
Bitstream is releasing a new update of the BOLT mobile browser: version 2.11. The 2.11 release includes important updates that address server response times which eliminates the problem on some websites that has caused BOLT to hang at 20 percent on the progress bar, as well as improves Twitter use. Although there are no new features in this release, Bitstream strongly recommends all users update to this new version for an improved mobile browsing experience.
Install Bolt v2.11 OTA to your BlackBerry by visiting the Bolt download page from your device…
Update: Bolt 2.0 Beta now available. Download here…
Word on the street is that version 2.0 of the Bolt BlackBerry browser is launching tomorrow morning (later this morning depending on your time zone) at the CITA wireless show in Las Vegas.
“Each new version of BOLT becomes more exciting to announce,” said Anna Magliocco-Chagnon, president and CEO of Bitstream. “We are closely listening to our end-users through our user forum, our Twitter and Facebook pages, and their comments on blog posts and articles, and they are guiding our development roadmap in important ways. It is this close relationship we are building with our users to which we attribute our stunning growth. BOLT added 1 million new users in the last five weeks alone.”
A lot of new features have been added in Bolt 2.0, however, the major add is true tabbed browsing.
Remember Bolt, the mobile web browser that came out of private beta back in February? Well Bolt Beta 2 is now available and it fixes that all over the place scrolling issue that the previous two versions had.
Some of Bolt’s new features include:
- Significantly improved BlackBerry scrolling speed and control
- A new 3XL (extra large) magnification mode with content 33.3 percent bigger than in 2XL
- Double tap approach to select links on touchscreen devices like the BlackBerry storm (eliminates inadvertent clicks)
- Wi-Fi auto-selection as default option when Wi-Fi is both enabled and available
- Save and view pages locally on the phone
- Support for folders in favorites
- A new landscape viewing feature
- Copy and paste feature
- Improved magnifier dragging in split screen mode on the BlackBerry Storm
- A user preferences page to reduce menu clutter, especially useful on BlackBerry smartphones where the native menu structure, without sub-menus, is utilized.
Bolt, at least while it is in beta, is a free BlackBerry download. You can install Bolt OTA to your device here…
We just heard that Bolt, the free mobile web browser that acts kind of like a desktop browser, just came out of private beta into public beta and that a brand new release is now available to all for download.
Here is a list of some of Bolt’s features:
- Fast, secure, desktop-style web browsing on both high-end and low-end handsets
- Streaming flash video capabilities
- WebKit rendering engine offers high standards compliance
- Support for XML, ATOM and RDF formats of RSS feeds
- Split screen and full screen modes for easy navigation and viewing
- Intuitive keystroke shortcuts for easier navigation and content selection
- 128-bit Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption for secure access to web pages
- Server filtering to protect users from spyware and other malware
- Certificate error notification
- Easily add and select favorites and view browsing history
- Ability to clear history and cookies
Bolt is a free BlackBerry download that you can try out for yourself here.
[Via BlackBerry News]
Thanks to BlackBerry Cool who has unlimited downloads of the closed Beta, we are giving the Bolt Mobile Web Browser the once over.
I’ve only had Bolt installed for a few minutes, however, it appears to be a heck of a lot quicker than Opera. So far I really like it.
You can download Bolt here. Use berrycool as your referral code.