Viral spread drives usage and download figures, making India the second largest market for the new free mobile web browser
DELHI, India – MobilityWire® – 26 May 2009
Two months after its public debut at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Bitstream Inc. (NASDAQ: BITS) today announced that BOLTTM the company’s web browser for mobile phones of all types, has more active users in India than in any other country outside North America. Today one in six of BOLT’s active users reside in India where users have visited more than 5 million web pages and consumed more than 1 terabyte (1,000 gigabytes) of bandwidth using the mobile browser since it debuted in February of this year.
“Seeing how popular the BOLT mobile browser is becoming in India is particularly gratifying for the team here in India which has contributed to its engineering,” said Lokesh Joshi, director of research and development at Bitstream India. “The BOLT browser has been getting good reviews and strong support from users all over the world but it’s very exciting to see such strong adoption here in India. We are impressed with the number of feature phones in India on which BOLT is installed, leading us to believe that India’s mobile population is embracing mobile applications for regular phones faster than we are seeing in the West.”
Optimized to conserve data transmission, BOLT features unrivalled speed – routinely at least 25 to 50 percent faster than competitors. The WebKit-based BOLT browser offers ultra-fast viewing of streaming and flash video, high standards compliance, rich media and graphics that enable people to view websites just as they do on a PC.
BOLT’s feature set includes:
- Fast, secure, desktop-style web browsing on both high-end and low-end handsets
- Streaming video capabilities
- 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
- Protection against spyware and malicious or faulty add-ons
BOLT Usage in India:
Well over 100,000 different web pages have been visited by BOLT browser users in India, resulting in over 5 million web pages served in just the last fourteen weeks. The top ten domains visited most by BOLT browser users in India include:
The top 10 Indian-based domains visited by BOLT browser users in India are:
Nearly 300 different models of mobile phones are currently used by BOLT users in India. Unlike in North America where BOLT has become very popular among the users of smartphones such as BlackBerry smartphones from RIM, India’s BOLT users are using feature phones in far greater numbers. The ten most popular phones used in India are:
- Nokia N73
- Sony Ericsson W200
- Nokia N70
- Nokia 3110C
- Nokia 6233
- Nokia 6300
- Nokia N95
- Sony Ericsson K530
- Motorola MOTOROKR E6
- Nokia N72
People are enjoying the video streaming feature of the BOLT browser – the only mobile browser that lets people enjoy videos on average mobile phones from popular services such as YouTube, vids.myspace.com, video.yahoo.com, blip.tv, dailymotion.com, metacafe.com and more. Of the total bandwidth used by all BOLT users surfing the Internet, a full third was consumed by streaming video.
Built with proprietary compression, navigation and rendering technologies, BOLT enables users to find and read information quickly and easily. Once users have navigated to the specific section of the large web page they are viewing, they can then zoom in to display clear text and images that look crisp on even small mobile phone screens. To download BOLT for free visit: http://boltbrowser.com.
The BOLT mobile browser, compatible with the majority of the world’s 4 billion mobile phones, offers unrivalled speed and desktop-style web browsing including the ability to stream video. A patented split-screen viewing and intuitive keystroke shortcuts make navigating web pages simple. Download BOLT for free at http://boltbrowser.com – the mobile Internet has never looked this good on your phone.
Bitstream Inc. (NASDAQ: BITS) is a software development company focused on bringing unique software products to a wide variety of markets. The company’s core software products include award-winning fonts and font rendering software, mobile browsing software, variable data publishing and web-to-print software for personalized marketing. For more information about Bitstream please visit www.bitstream.com.
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