2009: A Striking Year For the BOLT Mobile Browser

Bitstream’s BOLT mobile browser finishes 2009 with 3.3 million downloads, 109 million minutes of streaming video and an impressive list of industry accolades

BOLT Mobile Browser

Bitstream Inc. (NASDAQ: BITS) announced today its BOLT™ mobile browser finished 2009 with more than 3.3 million downloads and rendered more than 380 million Web pages. Debuting in beta from Mobile World Congress in February 2009, BOLT capped off a spectacular inaugural year with a long list of industry accolades and handset manufacture deals as proof points to its growing success.

“Bitstream’s further expansion into the mobile browser space via BOLT can be counted as a success by all measures,” said Anna Chagnon, Bitstream president and CEO. “With BOLT, Bitstream delivered a high quality product that immediately became a fan favorite. Bitstream listened to user feedback and made incremental improvements over the course of 2009, earning BOLT even more good favor with its users, and attracting the attention of handset manufactures who are preloading BOLT as the default mobile browser on new devices they are building. While Bitstream toasts to a successful 2009, the company is looking forward to an even more flourishing 2010.”

BOLT delivers the most faithful page rendering of any mobile browserBOLT is exiting 2009 with an average download rate of nearly 10,000 accounts created daily by people all over the world. The BOLT mobile browser is compatible with the majority of the world’s 4 billion mobile phones and is built on a WebKit architecture that offers the most accurate desktop-style page rendering of any mobile browser. With advanced features such as the ability to stream video from the most popular video websites, copy and paste, upload files such as photos and videos to websites, manage passwords and order and arrange favorites into custom folders, BOLT is also the most fully-featured mobile browser available on the market today.

In 2009, people worldwide discovered BOLT’s enhanced browsing experience led them to spend more and more time surfing the Web from their mobile phones. In addition to social networking, search, web-based email and video websites are top ten destinations for BOLT users all around the world.

People particularly enjoy the video streaming feature of the BOLT browser. BOLT, the only Web browser that lets people view streaming video from a wide variety of video websites on mobile phones of all types, transcoded and streamed more than 109 million minutes of video in 2009 – that’s more than 206 years worth of continuous video.

In its first year, BOLT earned a number of industry accolades, including:

  • 2009 Mobile Star Awards: Superstar Award in Consumer App: Web Browser category
  • 2009 Stevie Awards: Bitstream was a finalist for Most Innovative Company of the Year, and Bitstream CEO, Anna Chagnon, was named Best Executive
  • Tech Awards Circle: Bronze Award for Best Consumer/SOHO Software
  • Webware 100 Award Finalist: BOLT Mobile Browser named finalist for Browsing category
  • PC Magazine 4 star rating (out of 5)

Favored by BlackBerry users worldwide, BOLT has earned a reputation as the go-to replacement for the native BlackBerry browser. PC Magazine named BOLT #4 in its December 2009 “Top 20 Free Blackberry Apps” article, giving it a 4 (out of 5) star rating, while Filter Magazine named BOLT #2 on its 2009 list of “Top Blackberry Apps,” Laptop Magazine named BOLT #1 on its 2009 list of “Top 10 Blackberry Apps,” Wireless and Mobile News named BOLT to its list of “Top 10 Best Free Blackberry Tour Apps,” and BerryReporter.com named BOLT as the only browser on its list of “5 Blackberry Apps Every Social Media Junkie Should Have” due to BOLT’s superior rendering accuracy and rich-media support. During the recent BlackBerry outages in December 2009 many BlackBerry users were happy to find that they could still use their smartphones with BOLT to tweet, surf the Web, and stay connected, while those users without BOLT were left completely disconnected.

BOLT has also received several accolades for its strong support of entry-level feature phones, including being named #2 on Appboy’s list of 2009’s top 10 free mobile Apps and being named the best mobile browser for LG feature phones by Wireless and Mobile News.

BOLT 2009 Year in Review

Q1 2009:

  • BOLT introduced in private beta to select mobile enthusiasts and industry bloggers
  • Al Sacco names BOLT one of “Five Free BlackBerry Must-Have Downloads” in CIO and PC World
  • BOLT launched in Public Beta from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona
  • BOLT hits 300,000 users and 15 million web pages rendered

Q2 2009:

  • New Beta Version of BOLT Mobile Browser launched
  • India becomes the largest market of BOLT users outside of the United States
  • Mobile.blorge.com names BOLT one of “Top 40 best free Blackberry Apps
  • BOLT hits one million download mark
  • BOLT Beta3 released with copy/paste and media upload features

Q3 2009:

Q4 2009:

  • BOLT blasts out of beta at CTIA
  • BOLT selected as default Web browser for mobile phones in Indonesia in deal with K-Touch Mobile
  • BOLT strikes Eastern-European distribution deal as default Web browser on Allview handsets
  • Bitstream Inc. CEO, Anna Chagnon, named best executive in 6th Annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business
  • Laptop Magazine names BOLT to its list of “Top 10 Blackberry Apps
  • PC Magazine names BOLT to its list of “Top 20 Free Blackberry Apps,” and awards BOLT 4 star rating (out of 5)
  • BOLT Browser 1.6 released with ability for BlackBerry users to set BOLT as default browser
  • BOLT 1.6 achieves perfect 100 percent score on Acid3 test
  • BOLT named Best Mobile Browser in 2009 Mobile Star Awards
  • BOLT exits 2009 with more than 3.1 million downloads

About BOLT
The acclaimed BOLT mobile browser has the most faithful rendering of Web pages of any browser in its class. This fast mobile browser quickly and accurately displays Web pages on mobile phones just as they would appear on desktop computers. BOLT is the only browser for mobile phones of all types to support streaming video from popular media sharing sites such as YouTube and MySpace. Based on the same WebKit rendering engine used by the iPhone’s Safari and Android’s Chrome browsers, BOLT is compatible with the majority of the world’s 4 billion mobile phones. BOLT features a patented split-screen viewing mode, intuitive keystroke shortcuts and copy/paste functionality, and offers a user-friendly, feature-rich mobile browsing experience for even entry-level mobile phones. Download BOLT for free at http://boltbrowser.com – the mobile Internet has never looked this good on your phone.

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 www.bitstream.com.


Holly Woolard
Mobility Public Relations
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