Feeds

Bolt browser brings HTML 5 to J2ME

And Facebook integration too

Security for virtualized datacentres

The latest version of Bitstream's Bolt browser adds HTML 5 audio and video, tabbed browsing and Facebook to any Java-capable handset.

Version 2.1 is now available to download from Bolt's web site, with added support for popular video streaming sites including the BBC and YouTube, as well as Facebook integration and its very own widget gallery. All of this is delivered with server-side compression to lighten the load on handset and network.

Bolt relies on that server-side encoding in much the same way as Opera's "Turbo" mode. The server grabs the requested site and encodes it in a more easily rendered form for delivery to the handset, reducing bandwidth requirements.

Being based on Java puts Bolt directly up against Opera Mini, and it fares reasonably well. In our experience Opera's offering renders slightly more clearly and is a bit more responsive, but it's always been the lack of tabbed browsing that's put us off Bolt in the past - reading one page while having a couple of others loading in the background has always seemed essential.

Facebook integration will be a killer feature to many, and it's certainly worth a free download to see if it works for you (or try the demo embedded in a web page, for a side-by-side comparison with Opera Mini).

Like Opera, Bitstream is hoping to make money through embedded search and bookmarking, with pre-installation by handset manufacturers being the ultimate aim. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
FCC, Google cast eye over millimetre wireless
The smaller the wave, the bigger 5G's chances of success
It's even GRIMMER up North after MEGA SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE
By 'eck! Eccles cake production thrown into jeopardy
Mobile coverage on trains really is pants
You thought it was just *insert your provider here*, but now we have numbers
Don't mess with Texas ('cos it's getting Google Fiber and you're not)
A bit late, but company says 1Gbps Austin network almost ready to compete with AT&T
HBO shocks US pay TV world: We're down with OTT. Netflix says, 'Gee'
This affects every broadcaster, every cable guy
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.