Bitstream Inc. announced today its BOLT™ browser has rendered its 1 billionth Web page, surpassing this major usage milestone over the weekend before the company

BOLT Mobile Browser Surpasses 1 Billion Web Pages Rendered

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Bitstream Inc. announced today its BOLT™ browser has rendered its 1 billionth Web page, surpassing this major usage milestone over the weekend before the company made the second generation of its mobile browser, Bolt 2.1, available to the public. Launched in February 2009, the BOLT mobile browser is the most advanced and fully featured mobile browser available for phones of all types. Bolt has enjoyed consistent growth as people around the world flock to the acclaimed browser’s video streaming, tight integration with social networking, tabbed browsing and a host of other features that deliver PC-style browsing to mobile phones of all types.


“In July of last year Bitstream announced that BOLT climbed past 100 million Web pages rendered,” said Anna Magliocco-Chagnon, CEO of Bitstream. “The first 100 million pages are always the hardest. At our current rate of usage, BOLT servers are rendering 100 million Web pages every two weeks, and that rate is accelerating. BOLT is now drawing new users faster than 1 million every month, another rate that is also accelerating. It’s extremely gratifying that after all our hard work and our dialogue with our users, we’ve built a mobile application that is highly reviewed, award-winning and popular around the world.”

BOLT, now used by more than 7.3 million people in over 200 countries, has also streamed more than 570 million minutes of video – equivalent to more than 1,000 years when played back to back. With its recent addition of HTML5 video support and the broadest range of Flash video support for mobile phones of all types, BOLT users are now streaming the equivalent of 15 years worth of video every single day. So far in 2010, BOLT has transferred 290 Terabytes of data, roughly equivalent to the amount of data that can be stored on 3.7 million CDs.

BOLT is a free download for people using J2ME mobile phones – approximately 75 percent of the world’s estimated 4 billion mobile phones – and BlackBerry smartphones. The most fully featured mobile browser, BOLT includes many features not available in competing mobile browsers:

  • Perfect rendering of Web pages on any class of phone, scoring 100 percent on the Web Standard’s project Acid3 test
  • WebKit based cloud-computing architecture, ensuring rendering accuracy, speed and support for the latest Web standards and innovations
  • The broadest streaming video support of any mobile browser for mobile phones of all types
  • Super fast download speeds
  • Copy and pasting text
  • Built-in integration with Twitter and Facebook
  • Password manager
  • Download/Upload manager
  • Ability to run Web-based applications written in Ajax, Javascript and other Web programming languages, ranging from Google docs to Mafia Wars
  • The inclusion of widgets – standalone mobile applications that are run directly from the browser – such as a weather app, calendar app, calculator, Twitter client and others. These widgets let people using any phone take part in the mobile apps revolution
  • Best of breed over-the-air data compression, resulting in faster load times and decreased data usage
  • Ability to update the BOLT client remotely, over-the-air
  • Patented split screen viewing to make surfing complicated Web pages simple, and viewing content on the smallest of screens easy

Recognizing that some mobile phones currently in use cannot support the full size applications 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.

Bitstream has made BOLT extremely easy to use with keypad shortcuts to quickly navigate pages and scale up and down through the browser’s six levels of magnification. Comprehensive instructions on how to use all of BOLT’s many features can be found at

BOLT 2.1 and BOLT Lite are available for free at Consumers who have downloaded previous versions of BOLT will be prompted through the application to upgrade the browser.


  1. Am loving bolt tho i’v never used it before..all these sounds too good to be true.

  2. In terms of getting the job done, Bolt is quite capable. if that comment sound insipid / lukewarm, it is because Bolt shares the same feature with Bill Gates – efficient, brilliant – but DULL
    A Nissan may serve you faithfully and reliably forever, but a little excitement never hurts ANYONE.
    I will go with a BMW…

    Great effort, though. keeps Opera from resting on their effulgent laurels. nothing like some good competition to keep you on your toes

    if bolt pyrs some more finesse into the interface, I might just use it more. the font size is major discouragement for its regular use on the Nokia 5800…
    might do damage to my peepers

  3. Can’t the developers work on the GUI? The taste of the pudding is in the eating, I know, but I think Bolt’s look is too drab

  4. Yomi, I attempted to post to MobilityNigeria using the new Bolt 2.1. ‘Bad Behaviour’ blocked it. the older versions of Bolt never ever did that. and no version of Opera Mini/ Mobile ever did. I am browsing using Legit internet connexion….

    maybe my phone i.p is in already in the ‘blacklist database’

  5. opera mini is still the best. I have used it extensively, zooming quality is poor.

  6. @Yomi. COuld you compare the the use of the bolt browser with Opera mobile browser worldwide. Is the opera browser more common or widespread?

  7. Afewgoodmen,

    Bolt is used by more than 7.3 million people. As at February, Opera Mini had over 50.5 million users.

    Bolt has quite some way to go to catch up.

  8. It will be very difficult for bolt to catch-up with opera mini in this life time. I’ve tried opera mini on diferent brands of phones and it performs very well.
    Has anyone tried bolt on samsung D780?

  9. Eyebeekay, you never ceased to amaze me with your use of words on this site. To say Bill Gates is a DULL man is one of the most stupid things I ve heard in my life. You all will agree with me that the founder of one of the greatest tech companies can never be a DULL person.

  10. I love Bolt but its a pity they don’t have it for WinMo. I have it on my 5800 but hardly uses it because its data compression is not anywhere near that of opera mini, you pay much more data fee using it.

  11. @Azeez Saheed, I feel you need to watch your language. you do not have to agree with my assertion that Bill is DULL. after all it is a subjective comment. juvenile » being abusive over difference in opinion.

    Bolt is good, but needs to revamp its interface. it is dull. that @ least, we can agree on….

  12. Eyebeekay, can you pls tell the whole world your definition of the word DULL. Or maybe at least in the context of how you likened Mr Bill Gates to the UI of Bolt browser.

  13. azeez saheed, stop prevaricating. you were rude. I expected an apology from you. period.

  14. Azeez and EyeBeeKay,

    By way of giving room for resolution, I will allow only one more comment each from you on your current altercation. Thereafter, any further exchange between the two of you will be trashed.

  15. @Azeez. no hard feelings. Bill Gates » dull, as regards personality. not dull as regards mental acuity, or achievement.

  16. I know Steve Jobs isn’t dull. Each of his moves and words, and his famous line; “And one more thing”, evoked applause, Oohs from the massive crowd at the WWDC yesterday.

    I think the Bolt browser needs to improve its UI. I have had a look at it on Deoladoctor’s 5800. It also over-renders web pages. That is if there is such word. And consumes lots of Naira note in the process. Especially if you aren’t using a package!

  17. @Afewgoodmen
    Not by any chance. Your god …err I mean your idol …..o sorry, your guy Steve Jobs is by no means dull in any way. In fact, he is so brilliant that he will extract the last Naira from your bank account and you will thank him for it. Its the people in that croud at WWDC that are a bit errr… dense. Just like Bolt Browser that tries to give you internet explorer on your mobile with flash, HTML5 and all and still wants to cut down on kilobytes. In the process getting cross eyed.

    I’ll never stop wondering about the constitution of that crowd. Was there anyone amongst those ipad and iphone weilding people with a rudimentary knowledge of, or aquaintace with, mobile phones aside from apple’s toys?

    By the way, and not to be totally off the topic, is there Bolt Browser for iphone?

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