Bitstream has announced that its BOLT mobile browser will support widgets in the forthcoming 1.7 version, to be released publicly at Mobile World Congress in a few weeks.
BOLT is a server-assisted browser based on the same WebKit engine used by the iPhone and Google Android browsers. Because it often faithfully renders Web pages on mobile phones as the pages appear on a desktop or laptop, it is popular amongst mobile users unsatisfied with their proprietary browser.
Bring on the Widgets
The goal of adding widgets, as explained by Sampo Kaasila, Bitstream VP of research and development, is to bring mobile applications to users who may not necessarily have an iPhone or other capable device. “By adding Web apps to BOLT, Bitstream is not only improving the usability of our mobile browser, we are also making it possible for literally billions of people to partake in the mobile apps revolution,” he explained in a release.
BOLT web apps will be written as standard W3C widgets. Bitstream did not announce any specific widgets, though a screenshot unveiled with the announcement displayed a calendar, chat forum, and Twitter app.
BOLT 1.7 will be released on February 15 on the Bitstream website.
Like the current version, it will be a free download.