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BOLT Browser
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Screenshot of BOLT Browser v1.04 Beta3
Developer(s) Bitstream Inc.
Initial release February 16, 2009
Platform Java ME
Available in Various[1]
Type Mobile browser
License Proprietary

The BOLT Browser is a web browser for mobile phones including feature phones and smartphones that can run Java ME applications. The BOLT Browser is offered free of charge to consumers and is produced by Bitstream Inc., the company that also produces the ThunderHawk for Mobile network operators and handset manufacturers.

BOLT was originally introduced into private beta on January 15, 2009[2] and was made available to the public on February 16, 2009[3] when the public beta was announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Today, BOLT can be installed on Java-based handsets with Java MIDP 2 and CLDC 1.0 or higher support.[4] BOLT also has a specially optimized version for BlackBerry smartphones[5] and works with Windows Mobile and Palm OS devices that employ a MIDlet manager or Java emulator. BOLT was built using the WebKit rendering engine to display a full Web page layout as found on desktop web browsers.



Introduced in Public Beta

Version 0.86[6]

  • Fast, secure, desktop-style web browsing on both high-end and low-end handsets
  • Streaming video capabilities to websites such as YouTube,,,,, and
  • Support for XML, ATOM and RDF formats of RSS feeds
  • Split screen and full screen modes for easy navigation and viewing
  • Easily add and select favorites and view browsing history
  • 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
  • Ability to clear history and cookies
  • Support for JavaScript and AJAX

Introduced in Beta2

Version 0.94[7]

  • 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
  • Improved magnifier dragging in split screen mode on the BlackBerry Storm

Introduced in Beta3

Version 1.04[8]

  • Copy and paste text
  • Enter and edit text directly within online text boxes
  • Upload files such as videos to YouTube or pictures to Photobucket
  • Order favorites and arrange them into custom folders
  • Toggle between viewing websites with or without images displayed
  • Support for Cyrillic alphabets
  • Addition of RuTube to supported video websites

BlackBerry Specific Features

Features available on the BlackBerry version of BOLT[9]

  • Press the Space key to insert a period (.) in the URL address bar
  • Press the Escape key to move back to the previous Web page
  • On a Web page, press the Space key and the Shift key to move up a screen (feature not applicable for BlackBerry 8100, 8200, and 7100 series devices)
  • On a Web page, press the Space key to move down a screen (feature not applicable for BlackBerry 8100, 8200, and 7100 series devices)
  • Press T to move to the top of a Web page (feature not applicable for BlackBerry 8100, 8200, and 7100 series devices)
  • Press B to move to the bottom of a Web page (feature not applicable for BlackBerry 8100, 8200, and 7100 series devices).


  • January 15, 2009: BOLT was introduced as a private beta.[10]
  • February 16, 2009: BOLT was made available via free public beta at Mobile World Congress.[11]
  • April 1, 2009 – BOLT Beta2 was released at CTIA Wireless 2009 in Las Vegas, NV. This release included improvements, fixes to minor bugs and new features.[12]
  • June 29, 2009 – BOLT Beta3 released, BOLT lite announced. Beta3 included major improvements, fixes to minor bugs and new features.[13]


  • January 16, 2009 - BOLT private beta (ver 0.73) reviewed as the fastest mobile browser.[14]
  • March 30, 2009 - BOLT (ver 0.86) reviewed as only browser for feature phones that can stream video.[15]
  • May 29, 2009 - 1 in 6 BOLT users resides in India (current version Beta2 0.94).[16]
  • June 23, 2009 - BOLT surpasses 1 million end-user installs (current version Beta2 0.94).[17]
  • July 28, 2009 - BOLT surpasses more than 100 million Web pages rendered (current version Beta3 1.04).[18]


  1. "BOLT Browser FAQ". Bitstream Inc.. 2009-02-16. 
  2. "Bitstream BOLT mobile browser goes into private beta - we’ve got invites". MobileCrunch. 2009-01-15. 
  3. "BOLT Joins Browser Wars on the Mobile Front". CMS Wire. 2009-02-19. 
  4. "BOLT Browser FAQ". Bitstream Inc.. 2009-02-16. 
  5. "BOLT Browser FAQ". Bitstream Inc.. 2009-02-16. 
  6. "BOLT 0.86 (beta)". PC Magazine. 2009-03-13.,2817,2343107,00.asp. 
  7. "Free App of the Day: BOLT Browser". Wireless and Mobile News. 2009-04-05. 
  8. "Bolt Beta 3 Browser Review". WAP Review. 2009-06-30. 
  9. "Bolt Browser Beta3 Released - Adds Copy and Paste; Brings WebKit4 Rendering and More to your Browsing Experience". 2009-06-29. 
  10. "Bolt Browser News and Referral Codes". WAP Review. 2009-01-19. 
  11. "Bitstream Launches Free Public Beta of the BOLT Mobile Browser". Bitstream Inc. Press Release. 2009-02-16. 
  12. "Bitstream Releasees New Beta Version of BOLT Mobile Browser". Bitstream Inc. Press Release. 2009-04-01. 
  13. "Lightning Strikes a Third Time As Bitstream Releases Faster, Better BOLT Mobile Browser". Bitstream Inc. Press Release. 2009-06-29. 
  14. "Bolt Web Browser for BlackBerry". BerryReview. 2009-01-16. 
  15. "First Look: Bolt Mobile Browser". CNET. 2009-03-31. 
  16. "India on the map again: 1 in 6 BOLT users is INDIAN!". FoneArena. 2009-05-29. 
  17. "Bolt Mobile Browser Celebrates Milestone". PDAStreet. 2009-06-23. 
  18. "Bolt Mobile Browser renders 100 million pages!". GoMo News. 2009-07-28. 

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