Preview: Bolt Browser for BlackBerry - Get Your Beta Copy!

By Kevin Michaluk on 16 Jan 2009 04:14 am
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We Have 1,000 2,500+ Private Beta Invites To Give Away. Details Below!

* UPDATE 2: Gotta love Private Betas! From Bitstream...

Sometime after noon Eastern today, the server handling the downloads "blew up." We are now in the process of switching over to a dedicated server we're confident can handle the demand. We appreciate everyone's patience. We expect the new server to be online by 4:00 PM Eastern today. Also, to those who have already downloaded BOLT, a big thank you. From feedback we've received just since yesterday we've already made improvements to BOLT, and our beta is only about 24 hours old.

* UPDATE: John from Bitstream sent me an email with some updated information on the Bolt Browser Private Beta....here's the update:

We were overwhelmed by requests to participate in the private beta, so this morning at 9:00 AM Eastern we cut over from a manual process to an automated one. We've already exceeded 1000 downloads on the CrackBerry code, and we're continuing to distribute download links to those who use it. The automated system still takes about 2 to 3 hours to process these requests. But if anyone has applied for a link before 9:00 AM ET and have still not received a link they can either reapply and get into the automated queue or wait until tomorrow when the backlog will be completed by hand.

Thanks to beta testers the BOLT browser has also been upgraded, just since yesterday. Yesterday we were sending links to build 0.7 and now we're sending links to 0.73. Beta testers identified some issues and they've been corrected. Most notably, people will notice that the trackball will scroll much easier now; it won't take as many scrolls to navigate. If anyone wants to get the new version to replace the old, the process is fairly simple. I haven't done it myself but I'm told they will be prompted to replace the existing install with the new version and also ask if they want to keep their current settings (which they should reply "yes").

At this moment we're not shutting down the private beta and will try to accommodate all the requests. We have shut down outreach to more so it's just those we've already engaged who are getting referral codes. We greatly appreciate the enthusiastic response from your readers, as well as the invaluable data we're collecting from their use which has already led to software improvements!

* Original Post: I received an email from Bitstream letting me know about their new J2ME mobile browser called Bolt. the Bolt mobile web browser is in Private Beta mode right now (you'll need an invite to download it) and as the name suggests is built for speed. Server side rendering makes it uber-fast and it's based on the WebKit engine and Bitstream's ThunderHawk browsing technology so the pages render accurately. Bolt does not support flash, but it will display YouTube vids which you can then launch and watch.

The Miracle on the Hudson River had me distracted from my inbox for a few hours, so it wasn't until later in the evening that I installed Bolt on my Bold and gave it a go. As you can tell from the time of this post and if you watch the video above, this smok'n hot web browser had me too excited to sleep so I figured I'd better put the time to productive use and get this post up asap. You can check out the video above for a slightly loopy hands-on overview of Bolt and for full details can view the Bolt browser fact sheet after the jump. Our buddy Doug has spent a few hours on Bolt too and has put together some initial observations that you may want to check out. Bolt is definitely still in beta... but you can call me IMPRESSED. I like speed and Bolt delivers.

Private Beta Invites: Bitstream gave us 1,000 invites to get CrackBerry Nation rocking on the beta of Bolt. If you want to give it a go, hurry on over to BoltBrowser.com and sign up using the referral code CrackBerry. Please keep in mind it is not an instant download. Once you register, Bitstream will get back to you (could take several hours) with your one time use download link. *

If you're lucky enough to download the beta, be sure to report back in the comments with your observations and findings. In the meantime, I'll start bugging the folks at Bitstream to up our # of Invites... 1,000 just isn't enough! 


BOLT *Beta* BROWSER FACT SHEET

Bolt Browser
Bolt Seems to Render Pages Quickly and Accurately

Overview
BOLT is a free mobile browser that offers an uncompromised full Internet browsing experience even on entry-level mobile phones. BOLT is compatible with virtually any handset that supports Java ME (commonly referred to as J2ME); in other words BOLT works on lots of phones, even basic ones.

Rather than offering a simplified, mini-version of the Internet, BOLT provides users with an efficient, feature-rich way to enjoy full PC-style Web pages and rich media applications on all levels of mobile devices.

BOLT is built using Bitstream's award-winning and patented ThunderHawk mobile browsing technology. The BOLT browser is the fastest mobile browser available - routinely more than 25 percent faster and as much as 50 percent faster than the next fastest browser. The BOLT browser is not only fast, but it conserves resources to extend battery life and minimize data transfer. What's more, there are no requirements for web developers to optimize their websites for BOLT; developers can simply design their websites exactly as they would for a PC browser.

Pricing
BOLT is available to consumers for free.

Supported Platforms
The BOLT beta is currently available for phones that support Java ME (also referred to as J2ME). These are typically phones used by GSM carriers such as AT&T and T-Mobile in the U.S., and Rogers and Microcell (Fido, Cityfone) in Canada.

BOLT's underlying ThunderHawk mobile browsing technology also supports BREW, Windows Mobile and Symbian and it is planned for BOLT to support these platforms in the future.

Phone Requirements

  • J2ME MIDP2 (virtually all J2ME phones produced in the last three years)
  • BOLT supports all common/standard screen sizes
  • Approximately 150k storage space for application
  • 500k of RAM to run application

Architecture
BOLT utilizes client/server architecture to maximize the browsing experience on mobile handsets. This Client/Server approach allows BOLT to transcode multimedia to provide streaming video, compress images and other data to minimize data network usage (and therefore user cost), preserve battery life and dramatically increase the speed of web page downloads.


Geographic Availability
At this stage in the beta, the BOLT user interface is only available in English, however it can render web pages in any Western-European language.

Speed
BOLT is built for speed. The compression and rendering technology makes BOLT the fastest mobile browser available. In comprehensive speed tests that included all the popular mobile browsers, BOLT is routinely consistently 25 to 30 percent faster than the next fastest browser.

Bitstream measured download speeds of 13 popular websites including Amazon.com, CNN.com, ESPN.com and nytimes.com. The second fastest browser averaged download speeds in excess of 18 seconds across all pages. On the same phones, using the same networks, BOLT's average download speed was under 13 seconds, a full 5.5 seconds faster. For comparison, tests of a native browser on a popular handset averaged more than 2 minutes 40 seconds on these same pages, while 5 of 13 top pages wouldn't even open at all.

Quality of Website Rendering
BOLT was built using the WebKit rending engine to deliver the same web page layout as found on PC desktop browsers and includes high standards compliance such as AJAX.

Proprietary Bitstream mobile fonts and font rendering technologies improve readability, speed content delivery, and enable BOLT to fit more information into smaller screens.

Multimedia Support
At this time BOLT supports flash video. If the video has data embedded in 3gp format then it is sent directly to the device in 3gp. Otherwise the client/server architecture is used to transcode the video on the flv into 3gp format, then sent to the device. In some devices (e.g., Motorola RAZR), video is played directly in the browser window as it would be on a PC. In others (e.g., BlackBerry smartphones), the video is played through the device's native media player via the native browser. The device's capabilities determine the process used to display video.

Plug-in Support
The BOLT beta supports Ajax (except timer events) and Flash video. BOLT does not support Flash.

Full Page Display
Full pages are rendered on the server exactly as they are on a PC, and compressed by a factor of 23:1 before being sent to BOLT on a user's mobile phone. The page information is transmitted in a compact transport format, containing the information about anything that may appear on the web page (e.g., text, images, UI, etc.). The client receives this information and renders the pages and UI elements.

Navigation and Display Features

  • A simple keystroke toggles a patented split screen browsing mode to allow for quick navigation across a large web page (see below)
  • Easy keystroke navigation, including: 2 - up, 8 - down, 4 - left, 6 - right
  • Works with native navigation features (e.g., trackball, rocker switch, etc.)
  • Dynamic content adaptation automatically fits text to the width of any screen
  • SmartBar auto-completes URL entry based on history
  • Easy zooming (see below)
  • Pop up blocker
  • Click-to-call phone numbers from websites
  • Text and visible region of web pages rendered first, speeding content delivery
  • Proprietary Bitstream fonts and font rendering engine improve readability and usability

Zooming
BOLT features five levels of magnification and smoothly scales text and images.

BOLT's patented split screen mode features a rectangular magnifier floating over a zoomed out mini-map of the entire Web page on the top 2/3 of the screen and a magnified view of the content under the magnifier on the bottom 1/3 of the screen. Content beneath the magnifier is always readable and is selectable with a single click. This technique provides users far more utility than mini-map features in other mobile browsers.

Bookmarking & Favorites
BOLT supports bookmarking, history (by day/session), single click access to recent history (hold back button for 2 seconds), and RSS subscription.

Easy Search
One click Google search is integrated into URL entry bar.

Content & File Downloading
Images and files can be downloaded to device through BOLT which can then be shared using email.

Requirements for Web Developers
Although BOLT can be detected by websites, there are no special requirements for developers to optimize their websites for BOLT. Web developers can design sites exactly as they do for PCs.

More Information

Kevin Michaluk Kevin Michaluk "Founder, Editor in Chief " 3922 (articles) 3285 (forum posts)
469 comments

dheck19

I'm having issues too, I got the link, it downloaded, but the installation is where my issues are, its stuck halfway through the install and has been that way for 15 min now, guess i'll let the phone sit and see what happens, hopefully it installs.

sunkast

Scrolling in Bolt is painfully slow and unbearable. Using the hotkeys wasn't much better. This alone made me uninstall the app in less than 2 minutes after installing it.

mike240se

wow it seems awesome. scrolling needs work on the storm, but it shows lots of promise.

but my back button doesnt go back. is this normal on the storm?

darylxnelson

i figured it out. if anyone has the problem i had where it says error internet working. press menu cancel. then press menu and enable http and wifi. then you should be good to go

mafungu

bolt loaded fine, but when i go to run it...it says error internet not availble. check network services

darylxnelson

i got the same error. but i figured out it only works while on wifi for my 8320. any one know why this error shows up with no wifi?

boltsupport

Hi,

Thank you for your interest in Bitstream's BOLT browser technology.

We are sorry for the inconvenience caused and appreciate your patience. We will try to fix this in next releases, in the mean time you can try this solution on your device.

In order to use BOLT browser on your Blackberry device, you must first establish a Blackberry Access Point Name (APN). An APN is a General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) or high-speed connection provided by your telecom operator. If your phone is not set up with an APN, you may add one
manually.

To add an APN:

1. Where is the APN:

- on most of the Blackberry devices, APN is in Options -> TCP
- on 71XX series BlackBerry devices, APN is in Tools -> Settings -> TCP
- on 87XX series BlackBerry devices, APN is in Settings -> Options ->
Advanced Options -> TCP

2. Fill the APN field
3. Fill the Username/Password field
4. Once you have saved the APN information, you should reboot your Blackberry device by removing and reinserting the battery.

Please note that APN settings are carrier specific and can differ depending on the carrier service being used.

For more information about APN and its setup, please see the documentation for your Blackberry device or contact your network operator or service provider.

We're listening to all the feedback to make BOLT even better, and we appreciate all that feedback.

Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

rwing6

the pages look awsome on this browser and load really fast as stated. but, it takes forever to type in the address bar, and the trackball is really unresponsive

rwing6

the pages look awsome on this browser and load really fast as stated. but, it takes forever to type in the address bar, and the trackball is really unresponsive

cambio

Just make sure you receive and use the link on your phone. If you open and load the url on your computer browser, the link becomes void.

lovetherain

works ok still a few bugs

tolcrmnky

Got it at about 4:05pm est. Installed it and used it a bit. Seems pretty cool. Split screen is an interesting concept. Seems like it has its moments where it is both faster and slower than the BlackBerry browser. Currently running a Sprint 8330 Curve with os 4.5.0.119.

Geogian

The pages look great, but the trackball is too slow. I'll probably uninstall it soon.

Stewy.cvl

Use hotkeys instead of trackball... e,s,x,f
Also, you can play youtube vids using this browser (something you can't normally do at all on a BB)... so it might be worth keeping, even if u dont use it that often...

mike240se

Kevin, Bolt beta AND BSG 4.5 on the same day? Do you want me to have a brain overload? I may have to connect to my BB with some slow mode data cable to avoid blowing my system.

TRD604

waiting for my email!

DynamicsAX

I use BB all day surfing.

thanks,

blackryn0

8320 Doesn't work :( anyone know why?

Anonymous

same here.Error, internet not available. Check network services?

boltsupport

Hi,

Thank you for your interest in Bitstream's BOLT browser technology.

We are sorry for the inconvenience caused and appreciate your patience. We will try to fix this in next releases, in the mean time you can try this solution on your device.

In order to use BOLT browser on your Blackberry device, you must first establish a Blackberry Access Point Name (APN). An APN is a General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) or high-speed connection provided by your telecom operator. If your phone is not set up with an APN, you may add one
manually.

To add an APN:

1. Where is the APN:

- on most of the Blackberry devices, APN is in Options -> TCP
- on 71XX series BlackBerry devices, APN is in Tools -> Settings -> TCP
- on 87XX series BlackBerry devices, APN is in Settings -> Options ->
Advanced Options -> TCP

2. Fill the APN field
3. Fill the Username/Password field
4. Once you have saved the APN information, you should reboot your Blackberry device by removing and reinserting the battery.

Please note that APN settings are carrier specific and can differ depending on the carrier service being used.

For more information about APN and its setup, please see the documentation for your Blackberry device or contact your network operator or service provider.

We're listening to all the feedback to make BOLT even better, and we appreciate all that feedback.

Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

Diofcc02

I just got my email with the download links and wouldn't you know it none of them work.. heh :/

Queen4111

I got an invite!
Thank you CrackBerry.com and Bolt.

Looks like I will be uninstalling Opera Mini!

grkmaster

i was up early in the morning and sent a request and never received anything while i see people way later requested and received... why is that?

boltsupport

Given the extremely large number of users that wanted to try BOLT, we experienced some  delays in processing key requests.  We have worked through the weekend and emails are on their way to you. You can also ensure a key by filing our the form again at http://www.boltbrowser.com/download.html. Bitstream support is giving their utmost attention to all requests.
Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

chuckh0308

I downloaded and there's no doubt it's just WAYYY faster than the BB browser, but it's a little clunky in how it works. Everything you do has to be done through teh blackberry button menu. Hopefully they will add ways to zoom in and out and move forward and backwards by using touch. Who knows though, maybe once I use it more I'll get used to it. I will use it as my default browser for awhile and see how it goes! Always happy to try something new!

boltsupport

Thank you for your comment.  There is a zoom shortcut 5 (in some device you may need to press ALT +5). We did make some improvements based on initial comments received during the first day of launch.  We also have faster scrolling using 2 -up, 8-down, 4 -left and 6-right as these keys are not device dependent. Our engineering team has seen your suggestion for key strokes and is already working on improving usability for Blackberry devices, including the Storm.
Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

arukaen

just got my copy. I am loving it so far!!! Its great. Only complain is the scrolling seems a bit slow.

AT&T Blackberry Bold OS 4.6.0.216

Iggymo

Fast signup, received code in less than 3 minutes. Loaded BOLT with no glitches. Really enjoy the ability to change the font size so my old eyes don't have to strain. Every page loaded quickly. Only negitive (and not much of one) my trackball is running a little juky. It has hesitated a few times. I can live with that.

theteckcrew

Bolt is super fast ...almost as fast as my computer with cable connection! I was absolutely amazed at how fast Facebook loaded with this on my Storm.

One issue I have with Bolt is that scrolling is really obnoxious because if the cursor is accidentally placed on a link, it will automatically send you to that website. The Storm has SurePress, so why not use it, right? Another is that the back button does not work and that really slows me down.

These points have already both been made, I know, but if they were addressed and these seemingly minor problems were fixed, this would be an awesome browser. But really, the speed itself blew my pants off.

Btw, I almost forgot to mention: the rendering is super fast! No more random gray areas all over the screen!

indymeh

Using on AT&T curve 8310 OS 4.5.0.110

Filled out form and received automated email in about 1-2 minutes. Defiantly the fastest browser I've ever used on 8310. Only complaint is the jumpy navigation with the trackball mentioned above.

stormaddict13

Just got this on my storm. It works nice, but it responds only to the touch. You don't need to click. Some people might like that, but I actually prefer the feedback. When I tried to watch a youtube video it said it was of an unsupported format. Overall a great browser though. It is lightning fast and a great alternative to the blackberry browser.

USCAlum

Mine keeps coming up with DOWNLOAD FAILED.

ughhhhghghghhghghghghhhhhhhh

jytreeide

I am on a Verizon Curve 8330 and I also keep getting a DOWNLOAD FAILED.

thunder8320

Wat The F?? this is dirty why isnt it working i just gives me Download failed. I have a Curve 8320

boltsupport

Hi,

Thanks for your interest in Bitstream's BOLT browser technology.

We are sorry for the inconvenience caused and appreciate your patience. The key is one-time use only so if you accidently hit it within your email program, you may find the key unusable.  If you have this problem, please sign up again at http://www.boltbrowser.com/download.html and you will receive a new key. Please note that all urls are one time usable

Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

cdf3

I installed the app and it's very slow. Scrolling web pages has a major lag. I have a CDMA Blackberry Curve 8330.

boltsupport

Scrolling speed and control (especially on the trackball) is an issue that is dependent upon the device.  As this is an area that we would like improve on in our next releases, please let us know if you are having any scrolling issues and which Blackberry device you are using.  Also, if you were lucky enough to be part of the first wave of adopters, you may see some improvement in scrolling if you download a new release at http://www.boltbrowser.com/download.html.  We did make some improvements based on initial comments received during the first day of launch.  We also have faster scrolling using 2 -up, 8-down, 4 -left and 6-right as these keys are not device dependent.
Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

gameboy213

is the new error that I am getting..... it is about the 3rd different error I have received when trying to download.

duck383

got an invite but none of the links worked all i got was
error: some issue in query : expired

mike240se

did u click on one of the links on your pc? once a link is clicked on, it invalidates all them. so if you did on ur pc, it wouldnt work on the phone.

Tifoso

This is horrible on the Storm. Navigation is near impossible and there is no easy way to select a hyperlink on a page.

boltsupport

Thank you for your comment. Our engineering team has seen your suggestion for key strokes and is already working on improving usability for Blackberry devices, including the Storm.
Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

duck383

no clicked all the links from my berry all the same error

baseball1927

it is 18:30 here on the east coast MD have the 8330 on sprint
seen the article on bolt signed up got the e-mail in like 2 min. downloaded from my phone easy that way and off I go Text seems a little light, little hard to read but it is fast will leave more comments after played with it further good luck to everybody ---oh GO RAVENS

marlowe8201

I just installed the Bolt Web Browser. I must say I do like it much better then the standard web browsers that came with my storm. One thing I do not like is the way the arrow pointer works. That is the only thing I have noticed right now. Also, when I try and load my gmail account it freezes at 20%.

tylavin

Haven't been too impressed with most of the BB apps I've downloaded so far, but this one does, much faster than the OEM browser and easier to use (for me anyway!) So far, so good!

bogwart

Do you have to be in a WiFi hot spot for an 8120 to connect? I checked all my settings and wifi and HTTPS are enabled. I even checked the TCP settings like Kevin suggested in a previous post but I still keep getting the "Internet not available. Check network settings" error message.

Xopher

I have to say, this is one very fast browser. I can see the possiblities with it. The fact that I can now watch YouTube on my 8830 (OS 4.2) is a very nice plus.

It definitely seems to work much better with keyboard controls than with the trackball. Definitely some quirkiness with using the trackball to control the cursor, and I've seen several error messages and even old cached search results bring returned for new searches (search a second time in a row gets the new results, though).

All-in-all, it is definitely an interesting browser.

boltsupport

Scrolling speed and control (especially on the trackball) is an issue that is dependent upon the device.  As this is an area that we would like improve on in our next releases, please let us know if you are having any scrolling issues and which Blackberry device you are using.  Also, if you were lucky enough to be part of the first wave of adopters, you may see some improvement in scrolling if you download a new release at http://www.boltbrowser.com/download.html.  We did make some improvements based on initial comments received during the first day of launch.  We also have faster scrolling using 2 -up, 8-down, 4 -left and 6-right as these keys are not device dependent.
Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

boltsupport

Scrolling speed and control (especially on the trackball) is an issue that is dependent upon the device.  As this is an area that we would like improve on in our next releases, please let us know if you are having any scrolling issues and which Blackberry device you are using.  Also, if you were lucky enough to be part of the first wave of adopters, you may see some improvement in scrolling if you download a new release at http://www.boltbrowser.com/download.html.  We did make some improvements based on initial comments received during the first day of launch.  We also have faster scrolling using 2 -up, 8-down, 4 -left and 6-right as these keys are not device dependent.
Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

duck383

got new link and now it works , very nice pretty fast

metall8cat

Much, much better. Had to wait 2 hours before the confirmation email came in, but definitely worth the wait. I was able to load the full version of Crackberry.com within seconds, as compared to sometimes minutes, on my 9530. Entering information is a breeze, and when the browser is optimized for speed (lowering image quality, etc.) this thing truly flies. Now if only my 9530 worked as well...

cherrywithns

Received my link in about 1 minute. Took only about 2 minutes to install. It has worked great so far.

jelp2

The speed is great, everything loads so fast. I do miss highlighting and then clicking on the browser it would make navigating on tabs and links so much more accurate than trying to scroll around the links you don't want to click on. I also miss the double tap zoom like the stock browser. As far as not having a back button, a fast double click on the BB menu button does the job for now. If it's tweaked a little more for the Storm it would be perfect.

boltsupport

Thank you for your comment.  There is a zoom shortcut 5 (in some device you may need to press ALT +5).  Our engineering team has seen your suggestion for key strokes and is already working on improving usability for Blackberry devices, including the Storm.
Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

jelp2

Sorry about the double post

mscooley

hi all. i finally got my links, but after following the directions exclusively, i get, "Error: some issue in the query: url expired.

blinkstar

I get the same thing. Anyone figure a way around this?

boltsupport

Hi,

Thanks for your interest in Bitstream's BOLT browser technology.

We are sorry for the inconvenience caused and appreciate your patience. The key is one-time use only so if you accidently hit it within your email program, you may find the key unusable.  If you have this problem, please sign up again at http://www.boltbrowser.com/download.html and you will receive a new key. Please note that all urls are one time usable

Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

fabini

tried to install it using 3 different invitations to no avail.the only one that I was able to install was the unsigned version and on the rest of versions I get a URL expired message.when I run BOLT it says that there's no internet connection.I have a att bold running on t-mobile and I don't know if may be this is the reason why I can't run the BOLT application.anyhow would have to wait for some technical expertise from someone,in the meantime I stay tuned

bgwavrder

I am also with T-mo and using an unlocked AT&T Bold. Same results as you.

kneeman

It says, plain as day, to use the unsigned version on a Blackberry phone.

brucegolfnut

Got link immediately but DL failed with this error:
907 Invalid COD HTTP Error 406: Not Acceptable
??

couldnt think of another name to enter

I just downloaded it about 15 minutes ago and have completely forgotten about the Blackberry browser. This is probably the best browser I've ever used. It's way better then skyfire. The only things I do wish they would add is maybe the ability to zoom for users who have a touch screen device and a tool bar that will give users the ability to browser a little bit more efficiently without having to constantly open the menu. Other then that great browser and I look forward to more improvements and newer versions.

Anonymous

luv the broswer my friends are amazed

randall2580

Kudos to the Bolt folks for opening up the beta to all of we Crackberrians who want it. Have to admit I was depressed when it looked like I was too late this morning only to find out this afternoon they allowed us all to get it. Well done guys, great customer service! Thanks also to Kevin for his lobbying on our behalf, as always.

I have a favorable response for my first trials with the brower. Looking foward to using it in the coming days.

Joe4pal

I'm using it on my 8820 and it loads amazingly fast but the navigation is snail like, hopefully this is just for the beta.

boltsupport

Scrolling speed and control (especially on the trackball) is an issue that is dependent upon the device.  As this is an area that we would like improve on in our next releases, please let us know if you are having any scrolling issues and which Blackberry device you are using.  Also, if you were lucky enough to be part of the first wave of adopters, you may see some improvement in scrolling if you download a new release at http://www.boltbrowser.com/download.html.  We did make some improvements based on initial comments received during the first day of launch.  We also have faster scrolling using 2 -up, 8-down, 4 -left and 6-right as these keys are not device dependent.
Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

renegade37918

what a kick butt browser......

lovethiz

Kevin you kick mucho ass! Thank you to the team over at bolt for this wonderful product and giving us the opportunity to test it out...

lovethiz

Kevin you kick mucho ass! Thank you to the team over at bolt for this wonderful product and giving us the opportunity to test it out...

xmvl001

no issues loading - started right up with no errors the first time. pages do load fast. logged into my web version of outlook and navigated through my calendar and inbox. navigation (panning) works better with the keyboard than with the wheel (choppy).. not used to the zooming yet..

brittkimsmom

Thank you!! I like it better than Opera Mini!! It is faster and works better on my phone than Opera Mini!!

BrittKimsMom

rcooper2007

So, I have used it Bolt a little more since I've been home. I tested BBs all day today and now i am testing them again at home. YAY! lol. Anyway, a few points to touch on:

As I stated before, when you switch from landscape to portrait and vice versa, it reloads the page. but, not only that, it reloads and goes back to the top of the page. Therefore, you have to scroll all the way back down to get back to where you were. Which leads me to the next known issue.

Touching a link without clicking on it: While on crackberry, i was scrolling through all of these comments. 4 out of 5 times, i could not make it all the way to the bottom without touching a link and it taking me to another page. This would be okay if the escape key worked and you could click it real quick to stop like in the BB Browser. One time I was able to hit menu and click back and it took me back to where i was. This only happened once.

When I click back, it takes me to the top of the previous page instead of putting me back to where i was.

Hyper links are very small. you have more of a chance scrolling and hitting it by chance than trying to actually click it. Especially if you have any size to your thumbs. lol. It took me 6-7 trys to hit page 5 at the bottom of the crackberry screen.

I think this browser needs a home key that functions like the WWW key in the BB browser. A key that takes you back to the first Bolt screen. I did figure out thought, for Storms, you can show the keyboard and use the keys to navigate around and use the hot keys to type a url or take you to favorites or history. This was great, BUT, this makes the viewable screen very small. A little tool bar at the bottom that you can hide and show like the BB browser would be nice.

Cannot figure out how to organize or delete some of the favorites i do not use

Was able to log into Orchard Bank, but not Capital One or Chase. Not sure of any other financial sites, or account sites, such as Gas, Electric, Cable, etc.

Okay so this is a little long like I am some kind of professional reviewer or something, like that guy who bashed the Storm to death a few days before it came out.

Anyway, I do like the browser. A few bugs could be a little better (for ME, in my opinion). A lot of these may be small to others, but just some things i've noticed.

All in all, I would probably use this browser for some things and the BB browser for others. There are already apps for most of the sites I use, ESPN, Viiago, Myspace, Facebook, CNN, Crackberry, Chase, and some others.

Okay I'm done. sorry everyone. I never get to beta test anything. lol

pratik.patel

I applied-got download email with in a minute. Downloaded unsigned version to my Storm 9530 running 4.7.0.76 (platform 4.0.0.96)

Opened BOLT, it prompts me with "The application BOLT has attempted to access us.mysmallplanet.com. Would you like to allow this? Y/N. I click Yes, it opens the browser. All I see is the address bar, History/Favorites/Feeds tabs & Tell a friend icon. I click on address and type in any URL and it starts to download the page and then just stops. Nothing happens.

I have read a lot of replies that state people have it running on their Storm. Can anyone help?

Thx
P.

PS. have already posted it on the BOLT feedback site.

boltsupport

Hi,

Thank you for your interest in Bitstream's BOLT browser technology.

We are sorry for the inconvenience caused and appreciate your patience. We will try to fix this in next releases, in the mean time you can try this solution on your device.

In order to use BOLT browser on your Blackberry device, you must first establish a Blackberry Access Point Name (APN). An APN is a General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) or high-speed connection provided by your telecom operator. If your phone is not set up with an APN, you may add one
manually.

To add an APN:

1. Where is the APN:

- on most of the Blackberry devices, APN is in Options -> TCP
- on 71XX series BlackBerry devices, APN is in Tools -> Settings -> TCP
- on 87XX series BlackBerry devices, APN is in Settings -> Options ->
Advanced Options -> TCP

2. Fill the APN field
3. Fill the Username/Password field
4. Once you have saved the APN information, you should reboot your Blackberry device by removing and reinserting the battery.

Please note that APN settings are carrier specific and can differ depending on the carrier service being used.

For more information about APN and its setup, please see the documentation for your Blackberry device or contact your network operator or service provider.

We're listening to all the feedback to make BOLT even better, and we appreciate all that feedback.

Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

MursePaolo

i get that it's a beta, but dang. they have to improve the speed of this thing. it lags!

props

Are there any special instructions for Unlocked BB storm users running on T-mobile.

When i launch the app it asks me if I i want to connect to us.mysmallplanet.com. When the app loads it says no internet conection on the bottom of the screen. I tried adjusting my TC/IP settings by removing wap.voicestream.com and replacing it with intermet.com.

No luck.

Can anyone Help?

nomnomnom

to pratik.patel and props:

try this:
from the main menu go to Options > Advanced Options > Applications > Bolt

then click on the BB menu button and choose Edit Permissions

make sure you choose Allow for all

pratik.patel

Thanks for the suggestion, but I had already ensured that the permissions were set to allow. While reading the rest of the replies, I too can verify that I have the same 20% page load and then nothing, issue.

LightIntoDark

I got my link instantly! Tried the browser and it's no joke...it's blazing fast! This looks to be my regular browser if all goes well. Thanks again to CrackBerry for all the useful information!! Great Job!

132_and_bush

It's choppy when using the trackball, but using the 2-4-6-8 keys isn't bad. I'm gonna play with it a little more.

bobtom

I was so pumped to try it out, but to my dismay it runs horribly slow on my curve. The websites still load uber fast. Also when I hit the blackberry button for the menu it appears for a fraction of a second and then disappears. I guess I will have to wait until the final version comes out. :(

boltsupport

Thank you for your comment. Our engineering team has seen your suggestion for key strokes and is already working on improving usability for Blackberry devices, including the Storm.
Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

Mr. Hi-Definition

I was able to download the bolt browser without any issues, but I can't seem to get the browser to actually load pages. It goes to 20% loaded and then suddenly stops loading. I am going to try it again when I get home but so far, I'm not having any luck with this browser.

BB Bold

the same here! :-(
It only works with wi-fi on my Bold.

Paul Norwood

Just downloaded the Bolt beta and it worked well on the Storm. The only issues are navigation is a bit harder and menu options are kind of small but overall it worked very well ... and it is quite fast!

Lucas6688

My first test was the CrackBerry.com site. On the storms native browser it took forever to load, and it looked like crap. Bolt rendered it perfectly. This is an awesome browser. I can't wait to see the final release!

Bill Andrews

I installed it, got it to work. It's ok. Did a practical test accessing the desktop version of UPS.com on Bolt and Mini-Opera. Mini-Opera won hands down on usability and speed. I'll try Bolt again when it matures ...

MissSnowFlake525

It didnt send me the link when i typed in Crackberry but I had read somewhere that if you used Crunch it would work that way too so thats what i used and no sooner did i click submit my berry started vibrating...thanks bolt...so far i like it but for some reason my pointer is a bit delayed...anyone else having this issue?

props

Thanks for the help.

Ponderous

I got my link and am downloading the unsigned version as I speak.

dbest1a

do u have a bold or a curve... im wondering if anyone got this to work on there curve

RedSoxFreak67

it's takes a while to get going, but once the page renders it looks really good. As others have mentioned, curser movement is slow but using the hot keys they suggest speeds things up. Pretty cool browser, especially for a beta.

UPDATE: this morning it seems to be working MUCH faster...impressed!!

dbest1a

I installed it on my bold, all seems good pages load quick and im in edge not 3g area. over wifi it's faster, but if i enable wifi in the browser on the wifi setting it will give me an error that it couldn't connect to the internet.. but if i disable I can then surf again..

jrowe81

I find trying to scroll very jumpy on the browser. I do like the opening screen, just need to play with this more as well.

fan_of_fanboys

I have a Storm running .75
Things I love
Very fast, no rendering issues, looks great

Things I would like to see
Tabs (I dig the feature on the Iphone and use conctantly on my pc), better interaction for Storm (make use of surepress, back button, double tap for zoom)

Overall very impressed for a Beta. Make it optimized for Storm and easier to click and zoom and we will have the best browser I have ever used and one I would recommend to everyone

boltsupport

Thank you for your comment.  There is a zoom shortcut 5 (in some device you may need to press ALT +5).  Our engineering team has seen your suggestion for key strokes and is already working on improving usability for Blackberry devices, including the Storm.
Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

Orio

Menu screen won't stay "up". Trackball not responsive. How do I get the upgrades?

Miz.Michele

Hmmm. I got the unsigned version and when I open, it says internet not connected. I tried turning wifi off and still can't connect....bummer! I've got a pearl 8120.

PS I did get the link almost immediately.

omgim50

Did you check your TCP APN settings? On T-Mobile they are:
APN: wap.voicestream.com
username: leave blank
password: leave blank

My son has it on his pearl & I have a curve both work great

pink_piggy

This is awesome! Thanks Kevin and Bolt. This browser is way way faster than the others on my storm. YEAH! That lag was driving me nuts. When I signed up I also got my confirmation email instantly. Now I just need to get used to this browser. :)

JGrams414

Still never got my link, was one of the first to register and also one of the first comments on this. Pretty disappointed.

boltsupport

Given the extremely large number of users that wanted to try BOLT, we experienced some  delays in processing key requests.  We have worked through the weekend and emails are on their way to you. You can also ensure a key by filing our the form again at http://www.boltbrowser.com/download.html. Bitstream support is giving their utmost attention to all requests.
Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

omgim50

Download link was sent in about 3 minutes THANKS CRACKBERRY. Had this error on my T-Mobile Curve 8320. Changed TCP settings
APN: wap.voicestream.com
Username: (blank)
Password: (blank)
now it works beautifully.

CipherDias

Took me less than 1 minute to get the link!!!!!

Michael Hepples

Running on Storm 9530. Never did a lot of web browsing prior due to speed issues. Bolt is so much faster, I can see that io will be doing a lot more in the future. Originaally submitted for link early yesterday, waited, but did not get link. Checked CrackBerry later and caught update, resubmitted and had my link within 5 minutes.

This browser is fantastic, can only get better when optimized for use on the Storm. Only comment is need to incorporate the use of the sureclick, keep following links because I touch the wrong one first. Upped the magnification, not so much of a problem any more. Guess my fingers are too big for default :).

All in all, extremely happy with the software, and will definitely want to get the full version once it is out of beta.

cwoodffr

I have tried about 10 times and get "download failed"

rumour

... and I'm loving it! YEPPIE, this browswer is awesome! Thanks for the invite :)

Anonymous

another day and i'm still getting the "ERROR: Some issue in query: URL Expired" error message.. has anyone figured this out???

please help!

blinkstar

Yes, I kept getting the same thing too, until I saw a post from someone else here who pointed out that you can not click on the link in your email from your phone's browser--you have to open up a URL from your phone's browser and manually type in the link to get it to work. I did and after ten failed tries it worked immediately. Testing now on my 8320.

cwoodffr

if you read the email closely it says you can only use the link once and not to do it by clicking the url in the email...you have to enter it manually. You can request a new one by filling in the form and get it instantly but in my case it still fails....just in a different way. It starts to download then fails. If I then use the same url again I get what you are getting.

osto242

I got it to install on my 8330. It loads the pages fast but navigation is slow and choppy. I hope it gets better with
updates. I plan on keeping it on my 8330 for now and wait and see what happens in the final version.

boltsupport

Scrolling speed and control (especially on the trackball) is an issue that is dependent upon the device.  As this is an area that we would like improve on in our next releases, please let us know if you are having any scrolling issues and which Blackberry device you are using.  Also, if you were lucky enough to be part of the first wave of adopters, you may see some improvement in scrolling if you download a new release at http://www.boltbrowser.com/download.html.  We did make some improvements based on initial comments received during the first day of launch.  We also have faster scrolling using 2 -up, 8-down, 4 -left and 6-right as these keys are not device dependent.
Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

diskonekted

I get network access is disabled. Check security settings.

APN is set to internet.com, all permissions set to allow.

Blackberry Curve 8900 on Digicel Barbados (EDGE)

...any suggestions?

d3b0mb

Blazing fast on my browser... a better looking icon for the app would be nice though ;)

TU_Buckeye29

Love the speed from this browser. Loads CB very well - and completely; with Opera it loads the page but not all the pictures (just the first few at the top of the page & the pic for the first post).

I submitted my request yesterday at 11am, and got my reply at 12:30pm. The download got me version .73. I noticed in the post update that John from Bitstream mentioned a process to get an upgraded beta. Anyone know what that process is? Do I submit a new request to BoltBrowser.com, or am I supposed to e-mail support? I saw a mention above that someone has .75....

Xopher

I was wondering the same thing. I haven't seen anything to notify when new updates have been made, or where to download them.

jtwarrin5

The browser loads quickly. Is there a way to make the cursor move faster as you navigate the page?

r3g

I've got it installed and Ran some tests with it vs Opera Mini. In some cases its considerable faster than OM and in other its considerable slower. All in all though its pretty quick and should make for a pretty good alrernative to OM when it gets out of beta. As of now its a it tedious to navigate and it seems really laggy when you press a button.

islandgal808

Got link instantly after filing out form...so far so good.

KhaosPlaysBass

I got the browser yesterday and I'm not that impressed. I'm running it on a 8310 Curve with 19MB free and it is slow. I use Opera normally and this browser isn't as fast IMO, than Opera. It stutters when you type, the pages load slowly, the trackball navigation is horrendous. Even scrolling around using the keypad shortcuts isn't as easy as Opera. Has anyone else experienced it being slow, or is it just me?

r3g

Its not you the browser is extremely laggy. Hopefully that ssomething they will fix before the program goes live.

1golfnut

install quick and works awsome

gamesover

I had the Curve 8330 browser configured to use "BlackBerry Browser".... I set it to "Internet Browser" and it works.

This means that the download server may be looking at the IP address of your browser in addition to the URL and user agent. This is a little nuts. The 10 download attempts prior to making this change didn't work. I changed this and then it immediately worked.

Perhaps Bolt should add a note to their email message to ensure that BlackBerry users are using "Internet Brower" under Browser | Options | General Properties.

French

Unfortunately I am unable to get it to download. It gets about 1/4 downloaded and then I get a download failed. My browser is set Internet Browser but it still fails.

tripperdude

I just downloaded the "unsigned" version for BB (8330) and must tell you navigating pages on it is like watching my fingernails grow. Pages load fine, but moving the cursor around the page takes forever, so slow I think my Curve has frozen. I'll be un-installing it when I get home, it's a nice browser but I can't use it.

fabini

well after having tried several times to doenload it to no avail I gave it another try,again I was able to download the unsigned version and when I tested it got the message on the browser "no internet connection" so I enabled the wifi in the BOLT browser and it works,in a few words it does a good job on wifi mode but it is useless on regular internet connection at least in my case

cwoodffr

That solved my problem!!

clairegrrl

After a few false starts, Bolt support had to email me a new link. The appy downloaded without a problem. The program itself loads slow, but it renders webpages very quickly.

The 2 issues I have is that it says it cant fine an internet connection. (Do I have to be outside to use this browser?) and scrolling around on webpages sux. My little scrollball is going like 100mph and the cursor doesnt move much.

I understand this is a beta product, and I will mess with it for today, but I will probably delete it and wait for the "real" release to look at it again.

boltsupport

Scrolling speed and control (especially on the trackball) is an issue that is dependent upon the device.  As this is an area that we would like improve on in our next releases, please let us know if you are having any scrolling issues and which Blackberry device you are using.  Also, if you were lucky enough to be part of the first wave of adopters, you may see some improvement in scrolling if you download a new release at http://www.boltbrowser.com/download.html.  We did make some improvements based on initial comments received during the first day of launch.  We also have faster scrolling using 2 -up, 8-down, 4 -left and 6-right as these keys are not device dependent.
Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

Sirhill

I got my link and downloaded bolt. After Dl I did a battery pull than open the browser. I can not move the mouse at all and it says error check security setings. I just updated my os to 4.5.0.124 two day ago and I have not had any problems unitl I dl bolt any one have any idea as to how to fix this. I really want to exprenice what everyone else is with this browser.

Anonymous

So far so good on leaked .86 OS. But just like everyone else, it's tough to navigate. It seems that when you want to click on a link, you just need to "hover" over the link and it will load. But overall, rendering is very fast.

For those of you who have not received your link, I found that there might be a problem with certain mail servers. I requested the link using my GMAIL account and waited for about 8 hours and didn't receive it. So I tried my RCN (local server) account and got it within 10 mins. Go figure.

Graz

I got the e-mail very quickly once requested. I downloaded the browser with no issue to my Blackberry Storm 9530. The pages are stunning and load rather quickly. I love the scrolling, the page floats around the screen nicely without having to load the unseen portions. At first I have issues clicking the right link due to the font size but this can be remedied by changing the view size. I do wish for the Blackberry back button to function as a back button for the browser. I am used to using that with the blackberry browser. I really like the customization of the browser. If you take a few minutes you can set it up to meet your specs. Again I really love the way the pages look. These are my thoughts after 17 hours. So far it is my go to browser. In my opinion it kills Opera which I never got used to. That is personal and I am sure there are contradicting opinions, but I love Bolt so far.
Thanks a ton!!!

boltsupport

Thank you for your comment.  There is a zoom shortcut 5 (in some device you may need to press ALT +5).  Our engineering team has seen your suggestion for key strokes and is already working on improving usability for Blackberry devices, including the Storm.
Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

Graz

Oh yeah I am running .86.

Enraged Medic

So I watched Kevin's video and was extremely excited! Almost like a kid seeing the newest action figure commercial on TV. I think I can speak for Bold owners (including Kevin) that the native browser that RIM supports on the Bold is a joke! Laughable at best! WiFi doesn't even make things fast on the native RIM browser!

I'm thanking my lucky stars that the "crackberry" code was still working for the Bolt beta downlaods. Thank you, thank you, thank you Kevin for convincing Bolt to up their ante to 2,500 downloads! I FOLLOWED THE INSTRUCTIONS IN THE EMAIL VERY CAREFULLY and have had no problems so far with the browser on 3g and on WiFi. The browser did not load 1 page I tested out. USCTROJANS.com was partially loaded and the right 1/3 of the page was blacked out. That was the only issues I've had so far. Albeit, the USCTROJANS.com webpage is dedicated to flash...lots and lots of flash, so I'll let Bolt slide there. Other than that...A GOD SEND FOR THE BOLD!!! AWESOME WORK BOLT!!!

zeni

I tried 3 times yesterday morning to get the code but never got the email. Did that happen to anyone else?

boltsupport

Hi,
The key is one-time use only so if you accidentally hit it within your email program, you may find the key unusable. If you have this problem, please sign up again at http://www.boltbrowser.com/download.html and you will receive a new key instantly.
BOLT Technical Support
supportboltbrowser.com

farazfarazfaraz

I have a Bold, got the download link real fast, but as soon as I run the application, I get the following error:

Error
Internet not available. Check Network Services.

Meanwhile, I have full 3G and WiFi connected (tried both of them without the other as well...)

Any ideas on how to fix this?

Thanks in advance.

boltsupport

Hi,

Thank you for your interest in Bitstream's BOLT browser technology.

We are sorry for the inconvenience caused and appreciate your patience.

In order to use BOLT browser on your Blackberry device, you must first establish a Blackberry Access Point Name (APN). An APN is a General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) or high-speed connection provided by your telecom operator. If your phone is not set up with an APN, you may add one
manually.

To add an APN:

1. Where is the APN:

- on most of the Blackberry devices, APN is in Options -> TCP
- on 71XX series BlackBerry devices, APN is in Tools -> Settings -> TCP
- on 87XX series BlackBerry devices, APN is in Settings -> Options ->
Advanced Options -> TCP

2. Fill the APN field
3. Fill the Username/Password field
4. Once you have saved the APN information, you should reboot your Blackberry device by removing and reinserting the battery.

Please note that APN settings are carrier specific and can differ depending on the carrier service being used.

For more information about APN and its setup, please see the documentation for your Blackberry device or contact your network operator or service provider.

We're listening to all the feedback to make BOLT even better, and we appreciate all that feedback.

Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
supportboltbrowser.com

Rlmcs337

I submitted my request @ 12:02pm CST and received an email invite within 2 minutes.

Max69

I was starting to get upset. I submitted 2 requests yesterday around 8:00AM and 9:00AM and never got an email. Decide to try again today, and got the email before I closed the window. Checking it out now!

tomabraham63

no go on an att bold 9000 on 3G. no connection to the internet and the trackball wont move the cursor at all.

farazfarazfaraz

I thought it was just me...

boltsupport

Hi,

Thank you for your interest in Bitstream's BOLT browser technology.

We are sorry for the inconvenience caused and appreciate your patience. We will try to fix this in next releases, in the mean time you can try this solution on your device.

In order to use BOLT browser on your Blackberry device, you must first establish a Blackberry Access Point Name (APN). An APN is a General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) or high-speed connection provided by your telecom operator. If your phone is not set up with an APN, you may add one
manually.

To add an APN:

1. Where is the APN:

- on most of the Blackberry devices, APN is in Options -> TCP
- on 71XX series BlackBerry devices, APN is in Tools -> Settings -> TCP
- on 87XX series BlackBerry devices, APN is in Settings -> Options ->
Advanced Options -> TCP

2. Fill the APN field
3. Fill the Username/Password field
4. Once you have saved the APN information, you should reboot your Blackberry device by removing and reinserting the battery.

Please note that APN settings are carrier specific and can differ depending on the carrier service being used.

For more information about APN and its setup, please see the documentation for your Blackberry device or contact your network operator or service provider.

We're listening to all the feedback to make BOLT even better, and we appreciate all that feedback.

Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

egobuster1

i tried it out on my 8330 and after having to get like 99999 emails and trying to download cuz the download would freeze multiple times before it would go succesful i finally got it downloaded and the browser displayed pages great but it moved really slow..would be a awsome browser but gotta figure out why the cursor moves so slow

egobuster1

tried redownloading just now and gets stuck at 50%

mAk0

The speed is great! It far surpasses the preloaded browser in most areas. The loading after a field completion is a turn off.

mAk0

I think the speed is phenomenal, it far surpasses the preloaded browser. Navigation with the cursor is a bit of a chore in my opinion. Possibly even at the Beta stage it makes the preloaded browser a dinosaur.

metsfan89

loving this browser. its super fast

zackz115

I am using Bolt right now to write this. I am using the Blackberry Storm 9530 not unlocked. I have downloaded the unsigned version. ALL I CAN SAY IS WOW! I AM BROWSING AT COMPUTER/WIFI SPEEDS! VERY HAPPY AND SURPRISED WITH IT. ONLY A FEW PROBLEMS THE MOUSE WHEN BROWSING ON THE STORM :(. BESIDES THAT, JUST AMAZING! I HOPE TO SEE THIS TO BE ON ALL PHONES IN THE FUTURE

PS;I FEEL SO BAD, BUT I SIGNED UP FOR THE BETA 4 TIMES. EACH DOWNLOAD IS A 1 TIME USE. I HAVE 3 EXTRA COPIES FOR ANYONE THAT NEEDS! I'LL FORWARD IT TO YOU, JUST EMAIL ME AT Zackz115@yahoo.com

boltsupport

Given the extremely large number of users that wanted to try BOLT, we experienced some  delays in processing key requests.  We have worked through the weekend and emails are on their way to you. You can also ensure a key by filing our the form again. Bitstream support is giving their utmost attention to all requests.
Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

Kwt31166

I was able to get a download for the Curve and the Storm within minutes of my requests this morning. On the first one I did not put in Crackberry as the sponsor. I still got the link. For me it did not work well on my Storm (on a BES, using .86). More cumbersome than Opera Mini is on the Storm. If and when they write a version for the storm I would give it another shot for now Bye Bye.
On the Curve it was much better, but for me it performed no better than Opera Mini and in fact has many of the same short cuts and features. Other than the neat split screen feature, not much difference. Someone needs to write flash for one of these browser and we can all rejoice!!

tizomcat

I read the update where they said that the trackball scrolling had been fixed...
...I would hate to see what it was like before, b/c I am running build .73, and I am still experiencing VERY slow scrolling on my curve 8310(OS 4.5)
Other than that, I think that this blows every other browser that I have ever used on a mobile device out of the water

boltsupport

Scrolling speed and control (especially on the trackball) is an issue that is dependent upon the device.  As this is an area that we would like improve on in our next releases, please let us know if you are having any scrolling issues and which Blackberry device you are using.  Also, if you were lucky enough to be part of the first wave of adopters, you may see some improvement in scrolling if you download a new release at http://www.boltbrowser.com/download.html.  We did make some improvements based on initial comments received during the first day of launch.  We also have faster scrolling using 2 -up, 8-down, 4 -left and 6-right as these keys are not device dependent.
Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

EJT#CB

All I can say is DAMN! This thing is fast. Using it on a 9530, and it makes the BB browser and Opera Mini look like Netscape from 1997 on a dialup connection LOL.

smknv8s

Had to email support. I keep getting the download faild error. I never tried clicking on the links on my desktop just copy and pasted on my BB. All of the other links say that they have expired. Anyone have a idea before they get back to me?????

boltsupport

Hi,

Thanks for your interest in Bitstream's BOLT browser technology.

We are sorry for the inconvenience caused and appreciate your patience. The key is one-time use only so if you accidently hit it within your email program, you may find the key unusable.  If you have this problem, please sign up again at http://www.boltbrowser.com/download.html and you will receive a new key. Please note that all urls are one time usable

Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

mcalpinejr2

sign up for Bolt from CrackBerry got it sent to my Storm in seconds, haven't downloaded it yet.

samsams

Wow, instantly received email! Now let's see if the download link also is that bolt-fast...

samsams

Thx CB and ppl from Bolt. Really fast browser. And considering this is only the beta...
FYI: I kicked out Opera!

omgim50

My convenience keys don't work, changed them to different functions and still no go, also the escape/back key doesn't work when I am browsing. Anyone else come across this issue? T-Mo Curve 8320 Other than that it's nice and fast. Did a battery pull which helped to smooth out the scrolling.

Storm9530BES

I got my copy (.73) after a couple hours of waiting on the day it was announced, but I think my IT policy is restricting its use just like Opera. Doesn't work (not Bolt's fault). Would love to try this out!!! I am running .86 on the 9530.

tritan

what happend to precentral.com I don't see it?

tylavin

This is my second post on this so far, I have used it a bit, it is a lot easier to move around than I expected, however I dont know how I feel about the pointer (I'm aware that with the storm, a lot of the browsers features are not going to be functional.) I also like how you can adjust the font size...the large reads just fine although on some wehbsites, I needed to have a larger font. This app is still pretty buggy, it crashes when you try to go to some sites, I was able to save a few of my favorites. I will use both for now, hopefully someone out there (Mozilla?) will have the solution for a much better mobile browser

Anonymous

Promising, but even scrolling is very slow (so far, tested on my Blackberry 8800). Mobile View also involves a lot of positioning at first, which is pretty annoying as, as has already been stated, scrolling itself is very slow.

Opera Mini is WAY faster (at scrolling around, including scrolling down)- at least on my BB. That is, it still needs a lot of work. For the time being, I'd prefer Opera Mini.

boltsupport

Scrolling speed and control (especially on the trackball) is an issue that is dependent upon the device.  As this is an area that we would like improve on in our next releases, please let us know if you are having any scrolling issues and which Blackberry device you are using.  Also, if you were lucky enough to be part of the first wave of adopters, you may see some improvement in scrolling if you download a new release at http://www.boltbrowser.com/download.html.  We did make some improvements based on initial comments received during the first day of launch.  We also have faster scrolling using 2 -up, 8-down, 4 -left and 6-right as these keys are not device dependent.
Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

egruber

I'm trying to download to my att curve with OS 4.5 and I keep getting 907 invalid JAR. Request entity too large. Any idea why?

jackssigtau

When I open the Bolt browser it says "internet not available" and i inserted Internet.com in the APN field. Any other suggestions?

8830 on sprint

boltsupport

Hi,

Thank you for your interest in Bitstream's BOLT browser technology.

We are sorry for the inconvenience caused and appreciate your patience. We will try to fix this in next releases, in the mean time you can try this solution on your device.

In order to use BOLT browser on your Blackberry device, you must first establish a Blackberry Access Point Name (APN). An APN is a General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) or high-speed connection provided by your telecom operator. If your phone is not set up with an APN, you may add one
manually.

To add an APN:

1. Where is the APN:

- on most of the Blackberry devices, APN is in Options -> TCP
- on 71XX series BlackBerry devices, APN is in Tools -> Settings -> TCP
- on 87XX series BlackBerry devices, APN is in Settings -> Options ->
Advanced Options -> TCP

2. Fill the APN field
3. Fill the Username/Password field
4. Once you have saved the APN information, you should reboot your Blackberry device by removing and reinserting the battery.

Please note that APN settings are carrier specific and can differ depending on the carrier service being used.

For more information about APN and its setup, please see the documentation for your Blackberry device or contact your network operator or service provider.

We're listening to all the feedback to make BOLT even better, and we appreciate all that feedback.

Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

btait1

I got an extra email, so if any one didn't get a copy, i mite be able to forward you one.

STILLIRISE

i will be happy to have the copy...i have a curve...what berry do you have?

STILLIRISE

i got the link from bitstream...i had the download issue, then i got the URL message...so i emailed support...then i got a message from Chris Kovach (ckovach@bitstream.com), with an attachment labled details00..txt....so i download the attachment, thinking that its a fix for the problems, but the only thing info in the attachment is the following:

orginal-message-id: 438512651
final- recipient: ckovach@bitstream.com
action:delivered

WTF is that? did anyone else get this? the title of the message was: Re: BOLT Browser BETA Invitation for

so, like is said did anyone else get this or am i just a little bit paranoid?

Pierrohhh

this thing is great over wifi im flying but for some reason i can get it to work over 3g on rogers :( tells me that its trying to access us.xxxxx.xxx and when i click yes or no it wont work anymore.... anyone have a solution?

boltsupport

Hi,

Thank you for your interest in Bitstream's BOLT browser technology.

We are sorry for the inconvenience caused and appreciate your patience. We will try to fix this in next releases, in the mean time you can try this solution on your device.

In order to use BOLT browser on your Blackberry device, you must first establish a Blackberry Access Point Name (APN). An APN is a General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) or high-speed connection provided by your telecom operator. If your phone is not set up with an APN, you may add one
manually.

To add an APN:

1. Where is the APN:

- on most of the Blackberry devices, APN is in Options -> TCP
- on 71XX series BlackBerry devices, APN is in Tools -> Settings -> TCP
- on 87XX series BlackBerry devices, APN is in Settings -> Options ->
Advanced Options -> TCP

2. Fill the APN field
3. Fill the Username/Password field
4. Once you have saved the APN information, you should reboot your Blackberry device by removing and reinserting the battery.

Please note that APN settings are carrier specific and can differ depending on the carrier service being used.

For more information about APN and its setup, please see the documentation for your Blackberry device or contact your network operator or service provider.

We're listening to all the feedback to make BOLT even better, and we appreciate all that feedback.

Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

REITdude

Bolt's agonizingly slow cursor renders it useless on my 8330. Deleted it - will try again on a later release.

Anna Chagnon

We wanted to take a moment to extend our personal thanks for all of the blog users on crackberry.com that have tested our BOLT browser. BOLT is our latest entry into the mobile browsing space and this is the first time that we have launched a private beta through the use of blogs. The response has been outstanding! As you may have seen, we have received so many responses in a few short days that it overloaded our registration process. On Friday, we were able to build an automated process that continued to be stressed by the sheer volume of requests happening every minute. The great news is that we were able to expand the number of invites so many more of you could participate.

We have received countless emails providing extremely valuable feedback, feature requests, and favorable comments on the experience. The private beta build was created to allow people with J2ME phones to browse and for us to get real world feedback. Given the monumental response from Blackberry users, we are already working on Blackberry-specific improvements recommended by bloggers to greatly improve the experience on Blackberry devices given the demand. An example of this is improving the use of specific hardware keys found on Blackberries. As many of us are Blackberry users, we completely understand the benefit such improvements will provide.

Although many reported that BOLT is very fast, we also heard that some users were having speed issues. Earlier today, we made some improvements to our backend servers to improve the speed of delivery of pages to you so pages should load even faster than before. If you were having difficulty earlier, we would encourage you to test again and see what happens. Then let us know if this has improved the speed on your device.

We encourage you to continue to provide your feedback to us either by posting or by sending an email to support@boltbrowser.com for support issues. You can also email contact@boltbrowser.com for any other matters. Our team is making every effort to respond to all of your inquiries as soon as possible. As you can imagine, this is keeping us quite busy given the volume of email we are getting. Over the coming days, you may also see posts from our team on certain technical issues. Although it will be difficult to respond to everyone who has posted, we will post information for everyone to see on common issues.

We hope that none of you were unable to participate due to our launch issues, as that was not our intention. If you have not received your software, please sign up again at www.boltbrowser.com and you should receive the download very shortly.

Thank you for being a part of our private beta launch! We look forward to hearing your feedback! You are the most valuable part of our beta process!

With your help, we hope to make BOLT the best mobile browser on the market today.

Anna and the BOLT team

Anna Chagnon
President and CEO
Bitstream Inc.

rxlouie

This is way worse than Opera on my Curve. So slow and inaccurate with the pointing device. I tried to uninstall the browser and the icon won't go away. Truly sucks!

Miz.Michele

I couldn't connect at first. Then, all of a sudden, it connected. I like it. I was never a fan of Opera and used the native Browser. It's quite fast. I have a Pearl and it is a little weird scrolling. I can deal with that through for the speed it gives. Thanks for letting us know about the Beta.

bb_flyboy

well its not looking good on my 8120, using the latest beta and the trackball navigation is very poor and getting to teh menu is next to impossible, it flickers badly so you cant realy see it...have emailed my feedback so will see what happens next

bkop

okay a little off topic i guess, but kev, who did the battery cover for your bold?? it's freaking awesome!(how late am i on know about this btw? lol)

almost makes me want a bold instead of the new curve(whenever they hit the big V)

EndoRush

Ok I downloaded the unsigned version to my 8100 and can open the app but it reads "Error: Internet not available. Check network services." Any help here would be greatly appreciated.

nategiggity

i recieved an extra download today if anyone is interested. it is for the storm. i have been using bolt since it came out and it's freakin fast! just reply to my post with email if you are interested and i can send it your way.

revwill

RIM should seriously consider collaborating with Bitstream on this one and developing a new default browser.

Pierrohhh

i really like it. but the cursor rendering should be a lot quicker for me to actually start using this over the default browser. i like it a lot more the the oem browser but i would like fluid cursor rendering

Pierrohhh

i really like it. but the cursor rendering should be a lot quicker for me to actually start using this over the default browser. i like it a lot more the the oem browser but i would like fluid cursor rendering

griffin

Same as above it loads quickly but the cursor is kinda weird. seems like cursor should go up down and diagonal like in other apps.

wcmarchese

For sake of speed, ill cut through being formal too much.
1: the cursor on my Curve 8330 moves very slow-though, for some reason when a screen is loading it moves fast. But its always slow.

2: of course, you knew this was coming-Flash support-at least GIF support for now, if Flash is in the works.

3: more video support.

4: expanded zoom feature. I love that I can see the words even in large mode, but zooming in for articles when my eyes start to hurt is becoming a pain. Maybe some easier zooming key, so when I'm done reading I can zoom back to regular (large).

Issues: here are some issues.

1: I notice that if I get an error code, or if it doesn't let me go through the first time, if I keep trying, I can get through.

2: typing is excruciatingly slow.

This is all I can think of for now, as I am on my blackberry's small screen in the snow in NY lol. More thoughts later.

By the way, I'm probably deleting my Opera, this browser's awesome!

WCM

Lance M.

If this browser keeps working like it has so far, I'll never be able to use the native browser again. Its a little weird using with a 9530 Storm, since the interface seems to be directed more towards a Blackberry with a trac ball. Other than that... its amazingly fast.

Thanks,
A Crackberry.com User

tnewton3

Got the link from a friend of mine that was watching the forums and picked it up from a fellow crackberry addict. Thank you crackberry, the guy who gave away his extra code, and of course the good friend of mine that was looking out for me.

As far as Bolt goes it's very nice to see the pages in full especially the cnn.com's and nytimes.com's. Very very nice.

nateenate

it opens but get an error and does nothing. what should i do. This is on a storm I see just a few things at the top and thats it can't move the curser. What to do? I've seen a few messages about apn, but in the forums it says don't mess with it so now what? OH i have Verizon

mina3050

just got mine...and wooooweee its awesome`

Dee_ee

I download in on my Blackberry Bold. but when i try to open a website it stop at 20% nothing happen after that, no webpage loaded no rendering. sound like a good but still need some work. I hope this is like the skyfire browser but for the BlackBerry.

thecanadian

got my donwload link in 5 seconds, installed it and within minutes went back to the default BB browser. the bolt is anything but fast. the biggest complaint is that when you enter a URL, you have to hit the BB button and click GO, instead of just hitting the enter key. small issue for sure, but it drives me nuts.

MrPajitnov

The browser itself is pretty fast when it comes to loading, but I seriously can't deal with a so-slow-it's-borderline-unresponsive trackball/typing UI. It took me longer to type in Youtube.com than to load a video, and on an 8110 that's saying something.

I'm going to switch back to Opera, it may not be perfect, but at least it's responsive

dtapia

I download the program and was working and then it stopped.now i keep getting internet not available check network settings ? i looked in the tcp and it was the cingular settings are we suspoed to change them to something else ? thanks

PerryG

Wow. I am VERY impressed. Running this on my 8330 on Verizon. It blows away the Blackberry Browser AND Opera mini in terms of rendering time. I cannot believe how much faster it is. A few more Blackberry specific tweaks and you folks will have the HOTTEST browser on the market! Just get the trackball navigation flowing more smoothly.

Rennie Jacob

Like most i'm a long time user first time poster on this site.
I love the new browser...I am finally able to view vital sites i need to use while im in the truck or on a job without using a laptop!

Im having issues with the scrolling and the fact i can not type directly into the dialog boxes. Also everything is off the menu list.

Hopefully future releases will be even better!

Rennie

mcmullinmcm

Went to the website and was still able to get a download link using the referral code.

SaintLouisStorm

I got my link in about 5 minutes. Bolt is more than I thought it was I'm surprised at how fast it works. The only thing I don't like about the software is the fact that it's touch sensitive so you have to be careful what you push. It doesn't incorporate the click feature we Storm-Users are so in love with. I hope the will fix this issue, other than that the software is great and fast.

BlackSilk

Bolt stopped working after a couple of days, does anyone know what steps I should take to get back on track?

boltsupport

Hi,
Thank you for your interest and comments on BOLT.
Will it be possible for you to please contact the support team and send the steps. As for now we did not expect this. Your client should work without any issue.
Thanks,
BOLT Support team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

kozlosap

I put my information in at the Bolt website and received the invitation within 30 seconds on my phone! Now I'm about to delete Opera Mini and install Bolt. I loved Opera on my Curve, but it's a pain on the Storm.

jfs101

Just for the heck of it I used the crackberry referral and voila, got the link right away...

sk817

I took 1 second to get the link for me i installed it to my storm it looks good for now but im still testing it.

ccb4life

I got a reply email and had it installed in about 5 minutes (from start of request to loaded and working) for my STORM. Typing in Landscape seems to be a bit sluggish. I also tried the Worldmate site (http://www.wmlive.com) and it did not display all of the way as it does in the blackberry browser. I also wish there was a way to copy over all of my bookmarks instead of having to re-type them again if I decided to go with this browser.

jeversion1

its amazing how fast it loads. i just didnt like how when i tried to download an image it gave me a very compressed image with a downscale of color information. but BOLT is the right word for this browser. awesome.

kingprince

Can i get one of those cases he had on his bold for my storm?

bopanna

i have downloaded the BOLT browser 2 days back. The loading speed is simply SUPERB... i have to admit. Even it is very good to login to the secure websites.

but the only problem is that the movement of the cursor, it is very slow i.e. the movement breaks-up in between and this makes us feel that it is slow. But once the link is selected, then the speed on loading MY GOD..!!. but the irritating part is that the above said problem which makes us feel not to use the browser...

can anyone do something / give solution on this and reply...

tx
bopanna
INDIA

shwaginskie

Ever since downloading Bolt Browser it has been the only thing I use. The mouse movement does suck (it bounces when scrolling from left to right) but the speed a full web page loads makes up for any inconveniences that come along from being a beta.

iacob76

Downloaded and loaded super fast. Anyone able to open pdf files?

gabrielzorz#CB

Nice but still not better than opera mini...opera mini is just way faster and when going back it doesn't have to re-render the page.

Chief Beefalo

Bolt does a great job of loading pages FAST. I don't know what these people are talking about that say that Opera Mini is faster. Opera WAS my preferred browser before i got Bolt. Bolt However, is much faster. I have also been able to load pages with it that i could never get to render or load correctly with Opera.

The mouse IS glitchy.... Kinda frustrating.

My main issue with Bolt is the fact that you cant use the dedicated back button on my bold to navigate to the previous page. I also don't like the way it has to re-render and load the last page you were at when you hit back in the browser menu.

Other than that, This browser rocks.

deljavier174

can i download bolt on my pc n transfer it to my blackberry??

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