Bolt Strikes Eastern-European Distribution Deal as default Web browser on its Allview handsets
MARLBOROUGH, Massachusetts – MobilityWire® – November 1, 2009
Bitstream Inc. (NASDAQ: BITS) today announced Visual Fan, Ltd. has licensed distribution rights for BOLTTM, the company’s web browser for mobile phones of all types. Under this agreement, Visual Fan will preload BOLT as the default browser on its newest Allview branded handsets. Allview, a leading brand of handsets and GPS navigation devices in Romania, currently offers seven models of dual SIM GSM phones.
“As an expanding company in Europe’s fastest growing mobile market it is crucial that we continue to differentiate Allview from competing brands, and having the best mobile browser helps set Allview apart,” said Adrian Visan, development manager at Visual Fan. “We put various mobile browsers through significant testing and found that BOLT not only ran well on all of our handsets, but also offered the fastest page load speeds with the highest quality rendering. Our collaboration with Bitstream is sure to add utility and value to Allview phones.” In 2008 Romania witnessed the fastest year-over-year mobile penetration rates of any EU country, and is currently the seventh largest mobile subscriber population in Europe.
The first Allview device to be preloaded with BOLT is the F1 X-perience, a dual SIM, dual standby touchscreen GSM handset boasting a host of advanced features including an accelerometer, customizable widget menu, TV and FM radio tuners, mp3 player, WiFi, Bluetooth, and a 3.2 MP camera. In addition to BOLT, the device will also offer a preloaded version of the popular eBuddy instant messaging application, enabling a seamless mobile integration for users of popular chat services including Yahoo, MSN, Facebook, Google Talk, ICQ and AIM.
”Bitstream has been working on perfecting our mobile browsing technology for years, culminating in the beta test release of BOLT last February at Mobile World Congress,” said Anna Chagnon, president and CEO of Bitstream. “Downloaded more than 2 million times in 8 months, we continued to develop important features important to end users. The result is that BOLT has evolved into the most fully-featured mobile browser, and an easy addition for handset manufacturers looking to offer their users the best possible Web experience.”
The BOLT mobile browser, built to be used on a wide range of mobile phones from simple “feature” phones to more advanced devices such as BlackBerry smartphones, has averaged greater than 50 percent growth in usage each month since the application made its public debut at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this past February. Since its introduction, 2.4 million Bolt accounts have been created, with as many as 2.5 million pages being served up each day.
BOLT’s Unique Capabilities Include:
- Best of breed page load speeds
- Most accurate page rendering
- Displays full websites just as they would appear on desktop computers
- Streams videos from popular video services such as YouTube
- Copy and paste text
- Upload video and photo files directly to websites from browser
- Only WebKit based cloud computing browser
BOLT offers best-of-breed page load speeds, and is the only J2ME browser that supports streaming video from popular media sharing sites like YouTube and MySpace. BOLT is WebKit based, runs well on nearly any J2ME phone and is compatible with the majority of the world’s 4 billion mobile phones. BOLT’s superior desktop-style page rendering, patented split-screen viewing mode, intuitive keystroke shortcuts and copy/paste functionality offer a user-friendly, feature-rich mobile browsing experience on even entry-level mobile phones. 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 and variable data publishing and web-to-print software for personalized marketing. For more information about Bitstream please visit www.bitstream.com.
About Visual Fan:
Visual Fan, Ltd. was established in 2002 in Brasov Romania. In 2004, they launched the Allview brand, with the goal of offering the best quality electronics at the best possible prices. Allview is recognized as one of the fastest-growing brands in Romania, and its products are sold throughout Eastern and Western Europe. For more information about Visual Fan, please visit www.allview.ro.
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