SAN FRANCISCO and MARLBOROUGH, Mass., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Bitstream Inc. (Nasdaq: BITS), creators of the award winning BOLT™ mobile browser, today announced the release of BOLT 2.3, with a host of new features to transform mobile phones of all types into powerful Internet devices. BOLT 2.3 adds HTML5 audio streaming to complement the HTML5 video streaming added in BOLT 2.1, and also includes enhanced inline text editing, cloud-based backup of customer's favorites and the addition of Ustream.tv to the long international list of popular Flash video sites supported by BOLT.
"With each new feature, from streaming audio and video support to cloud-based back-up, BOLT is delivering a better mobile Internet browsing experience without barriers, which translates directly to happier customers," said Anna Magliocco-Chagnon, CEO of Bitstream. "BOLT's advanced capabilities and customer-centric feature set, give handset manufacturers who deploy BOLT an edge when differentiating themselves from competitors and provides mobile network operators yet another way to compete for new users."
HTML5 and Mobile Browsing on BOLT
Bitstream continues to lead in mobile open standards compliance by extending BOLT's support for HTML5, the newest generation of the HTML language. Already the only WebKit-based cloud computing browser, BOLT is the first mobile browser to support HTML5 video and, with the release of BOLT 2.3, audio streaming. Some of the largest online content providers and Web technology companies such as Google and Apple are embracing the use of the HTML5 standard, eliminating the need for third party add-ons, plug-ins and separate media players that have often created obstacles for viewing and listening to streaming media via the mobile Web. BOLT's support of HTML5 allows handset manufacturers and mobile network operators to offer streaming media on the growing number of website designed for new mobile computing platforms such as the Apple iPad and Google Android tablets on the widest range of mobile devices.
Most fully featured mobile browser, gets even better
BOLT has earned a reputation as the most fully featured mobile browser available, and with the 2.3 release, BOLT boosts its already powerful mobile browsing capabilities:
- Best Streaming Media Support - BOLT 2.3 now supports HTML5 streaming video and audio. BOLT offers the broadest support for streaming video in a mobile browser, with support for the most popular Flash based video sites and all HTML5 video sites.
- New Advanced Desktop Features - Along with the ability to perfectly render Web pages as they were meant to be seen from a PC, BOLT also offers tabbed browsing, password manager, advanced downloading and uploading capabilities and now advanced inline text entry and editing allowing people to enter and edit text directly in Web page forms without opening up a separate text editing window.
- Backed up in the Cloud - BOLT 2.3's new favorites backup feature stores a user's bookmarks on BOLT's servers, allowing them to be restored if a user ever needs to change phones for any reason.
- New Mobile Widgets - BOLT widgets let people using any mobile phone take part in the mobile apps revolution. Bolt 2.3's widget gallery features weather, Wikipedia, and dictionary widgets, along with an improved Twitter widget and a brand new Facebook widget.
Licensing and White Label Opportunities
Installed 11.6 million times on thousands of handset models since its debut in February 2009, BOLT is attracting more than 45,000 downloads every day. With its small package, easy to integrate cloud services with carrier infrastructure, and best-in-industry compression capabilities, BOLT is ideal for handset manufacturers and mobile network operators to offer the best possible Internet experience for users of the widest range of mobile device categories.
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The acclaimed BOLT mobile browser has the most faithful rendering of Web pages of any browser in its class. This fast mobile browser quickly and accurately displays Web pages on mobile phones just as they would appear on desktop computers. BOLT is the only browser for mobile phones of all types to support streaming video from popular media sharing sites such as YouTube and MySpace. Based on the same WebKit rendering engine used by the iPhone's Safari and Android's Chrome browsers, BOLT is compatible with the majority of the world's 4 billion mobile phones. BOLT features a patented split-screen viewing mode, intuitive keystroke shortcuts and copy/paste functionality, and offers a user-friendly, feature-rich mobile browsing experience for even entry-level mobile phones.
Bitstream Inc. develops software technologies and applications for the graphic art and mobile communications industries. Bitstream's award-winning fonts and font technologies enable device manufacturers and application developers to render the highest quality text in any language, on any device, at any resolution. The company's MyFonts brand is the world's leading provider of fonts to consumers. Bitstream's Pageflex brand enables marketers to easily produce customized communications in print, email, and online. The company's latest offering is the BOLT mobile browser, which has been installed by millions of users worldwide since its release in February 2009. For more information visit www.bitstream.com.
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