The BOLT mobile internet browser from Bitstream has rendered over a billion web pages. Launched in February 2009, it's now used by more than 7.3 million people in over 200 countries and has also streamed more than a thousand years of video.
As with rival mobile browsers from Opera and Skyfire, BOLT offers desktop-style page rendering by transcoding data via the company's own servers. It supports HTML5 & Flash video and is compatible with most mobile phones.
The latest study from comScore shows that social networking is the fastest-growing content category on mobile devices, with web browsers remaining more popular than applications for accessing online content.
78% of smartphone users accessed their browser in April 2010, while 80% of smartphone users accessed applications. In comparison, just 19% of feature phone users accessed their browser, with 17% accessing applications. However, the larger number of feature phones means that web browsers remain more popular overall.
HipLogic CEO Mark Anderson talks about his company's information and entertainment application, which is being preloaded onto mobile phones at The Carphone Warehouse. And, as usual, there's a look at all the week's other major mobile industry headlines.
Mark Bridge writes:
I loved the film WarGames. I saw it in the cinema when it came out… and developed a minor crush on Ally Sheedy as a result. If you don’t remember the film – or haven’t seen it – the plot centres on a young computer hacker who almost starts World War III while playing an illicit online game of Global Thermonuclear War with a military computer.