*UPDATE - The link for BOLT ver. 2.0 is now available, download here*
Kevin is currently in Las Vegas attending CTIA 2010 and sent us all off this little piece of information from the Showstoppers event there. What you see above in the pic is an early glimpse of what is to be BOLT 2.0. Releasing early tomorrow the new BOLT browser has many other upgrades coming with it aside from just tabbed browsing. Some new features have been added and plenty of upgrades have happened server side to enhance the browsing experience for users.
"Each new version of BOLT becomes more exciting to announce," said Anna Magliocco-Chagnon, president and CEO of Bitstream. "We are closely listening to our end-users through our user forum, our Twitter and Facebook pages, and their comments on blog posts and articles, and they are guiding our development roadmap in important ways. It is this close relationship we are building with our users to which we attribute our stunning growth. BOLT added 1 million new users in the last five weeks alone."
BOLT has upped the ante here for those looking for a better browsing experience on the BlackBerry platform. As most users are awaiting the webkit browser from Research In Motion, BOLT is offering that experience in one way or another right now. I certainly cannot wait to see how this latest version looks. Hit the jump for the full list of additional features added to version 2.0 of BOLT. We'll let you all know tomorrow when the 2.0 version goes live. In addition to tabbed browsing being added, Bolt maintains all the original features from earlier versions plus, many other new features:
- Perfect rendering of Web pages on any class of phone, scoring 100 percent on the Web Standard's project Acid3 test.
- Streaming video from many of the world's most popular video sharing websites, including YouTube, MySpace, Blip.TV and MetaCafe, as well as websites that stream videos such as CNN, ESPN and any website with embedded YouTube videos.
- Super fast download speeds.
- Copy and pasting text.
- Built-in integration with Twitter and Facebook.
- Password manager.
- Download/Upload manager.
- The inclusion of widgets, standalone mobile applications that are run directly from the browser, such as a weather app, calendar app, calculator, Twitter client and others. These widgets let people using any phone take part in the mobile apps revolution.
- Best of breed over-the-air data compression, resulting in faster load times and decreased data usage.
- Patented split screen viewing to make surfing complicated Web pages simple, and viewing content on the smallest of screens easy.
- Additional notable upgrades in BOLT 2.0 include a faster widget gallery with updated user interface and a server upgrade to WebKit 4.03