SOURCE: Bitstream Inc.

BOLT Mobile Browser

February 15, 2010 02:12 ET

BOLT Mobile Browser Brings the Real Web to Mobile Phones in Russian

Free Mobile Browser for Mobile Phones of All Types Now Available With Russian Language User Interface and New Support for Video and Widgets

MARLBOROUGH, MA and BARCELONA, SPAIN--(Marketwire - February 15, 2010) - Bitstream Inc. (NASDAQ: BITS) today announced a new version of the BOLT™ Mobile Browser is now available with a Russian language user interface. BOLT 1.7 brings support for Russian, the most geographically widespread language of Eurasia, the most widely spoken of the Slavic languages, and the largest native language in Europe, along with enhanced streaming video features, and support for widgets to the free mobile browser. Since June of last year the BOLT mobile browser has been rendering Cyrillic fonts on websites, and now users can make Russian the default language for the user interface as well. New features and product enhancements make BOLT's lightning fast uncompromised browsing experience for phones of all types even better for BOLT users around the world.

As BOLT marks its first anniversary, the acclaimed mobile browser has surpassed 4 million users, streamed over 135 million minutes of video (equivalent to 256 years if played back to back), served more than 512 million pages -- as many as 3 million pages per day, and downloaded more than 132 terabytes of data.

BOLT is the only mobile browser for all types of mobile phones to support streaming video from multiple video sharing websites such as RuTube, YouTube, Yahoo, Google, MySpace and more. Now users can watch videos posted in CNN and ESPN, as well as watch embedded YouTube videos on any website.

BOLT perfectly renders Web pages just as they would be seen on desktop browsers, outscoring competing mobile browsers by earning a perfect 100 percent on the Web Standards Project's Acid3 test. The Acid3 test, created to help browser vendors ensure proper support for Web standards in their products, tests Web 2.0 dynamic Web applications and visual rendering, including Web fonts. Built in J2ME and able to operate on phones of all types, BOLT can work on an estimated 3 billion phones already in the market. A version of BOLT created specifically for BlackBerry smartphones includes all the features of BOLT but also includes default BlackBerry shortcuts and optimizations.

BOLT's Unique Capabilities Include:

-- Displays full websites just as they would appear on desktop computers
-- Fast page load speeds
-- Streams videos from popular video services such as RuTube and YouTube
-- Up to 24:1 data compression
-- Copy and paste text
-- Uploads video and photo files directly to websites from browser
-- Only major WebKit based cloud computing browser
-- Six levels of magnification

BOLT 1.7 New Features Also Include:


Although BOLT already runs Web-based applications written in Ajax, Javascript and other Web programming languages, such as the popular Facebook game Mafia Wars and Google Docs, BOLT 1.7 is adding widget functionality. Now in beta, BOLT widgets allow users to install small self-contained Web applications that run directly from within BOLT. Because these widgets are installed directly within BOLT they load and execute faster than website-based applications, giving users a wider variety of utility for their mobile phones. BOLT users can discover, select and install specific Web apps through a BOLT Widget Gallery. BOLT's widgets are written as standard W3C widgets (, a standard with broad industry support.

Twitter Integration

BOLT now includes an easier way to post tweets to Twitter. BOLT 1.7 has integrated Twitter capabilities into the browser itself. Now users can post tweets directly from BOLT while they browse the Web.

Recognizing that some mobile phones currently in use cannot support the full size application and some network providers limit the size of application downloads, Bitstream also offers a light version of the BOLT mobile browser, BOLT Lite™. BOLT Lite contains all the essential features of the BOLT mobile browser, retaining BOLT's feature-rich functionality, best-of-breed download speeds and desktop PC-style page layout in a smaller package optimized for entry-level devices.

BOLT and BOLT Lite are both available for free download at

About Bitstream

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

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