Lightning Fast Adoption of BOLT Results in Flurry of Handset Manufacturing Deals for Bitstream’s Industry Leading Mobile Browsing Technology
MARLBOROUGH, Massachusetts – MobilityWire® – January 13, 2010
Bitstream Inc. (NASDAQ: BITS) today announced KC Mobile, a Korean-based manufacturer and leading provider of handsets for the Chinese cell phone market, will preload the BOLTTM mobile browser as the default Web browser in handsets to be distributed around the world. KC Mobile handsets are popular in China, Europe, Russia, South America, and Asia.
“The BOLT browser continues to make its mark by offering the best mobile browsing experience available,” said Anna Chagnon, Bitstream president and CEO. “First, our successful beta test garnered praise from industry analysts, media, and over three million end users. Now, manufacturers are weighing in with the first wave of agreements to put BOLT on devices around the world.”
KC Mobile is a leading producer of handsets that are distributed throughout the world. In 2004, KC Mobile successfully made inroads into the Chinese market and has since grown to become a leading provider of handsets. In addition to the Chinese market, KC Mobile has secured a solid foothold throughout the world, with distribution in Asia, Europe, South America, and Russia.
“KC Mobile works to build the best technology into our devices; that’s why we choose the Bolt mobile browser,” said Jacky Lee, director, KC Mobile. “The BOLT browser enables KC Mobile to provide users of our devices with the most fully-featured mobile browser, and delivers fast access to all that the Web has to offer: social networking, shopping, streaming videos and much more. Having the BOLT browser as the default mobile browser on our devices makes our product much more compelling to people all over the world.”
This agreement is the third in which BOLT will be preloaded by a handset manufacturer as the default browser on mobile phones, illustrating not only BOLT’s popularity with end users but also the device manufacturers’ belief that BOLT represents an opportunity to upgrade the browsing experience on their handsets, and in turn grow their user base.
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 in February 2009. Since its introduction, over 3.4 million Bolt accounts have been created, with as many as 2.8 million pages being served up each day.
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.
BOLT 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. BOLT’s PC-level Web support, 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.
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.
About KC Mobile:
KC Mobile is a leading producer of handsets that are distributed throughout the world. Based in Seoul, Korea, KC Mobile has offices in Hong Kong, China, and Macau.
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