Android Ice Cream Sandwich and the Nexus Prime may be on hold for the time being, but don’t let that disappointment sour you against the rest of the news that’s flowing out of CTIA. Before it’s over, we’re liable to hear about some new phones, new technologies, and new apps. As for that last group, Android will be getting yet another alternate browser for users to consider, thanks to the announcement that the Bolt browser is leaving its private beta and entering the Android Market as version 3.0.
Like many mobile browsers, such as Skyfire, Bolt’s servers sit between you and the internet, optimizing the web for your smartphone. That means data compression, and transcoding video, including Flash. Developer Bitstream says that the combination of all its techniques results in a browsing experience “consistently 25 to 50 percent faster than its competitors”. The first batch of comments on the Android Market don’t seem to unanimously agree with that sentiment, but you may want to see for yourself how well the app performs on your phone.
To its credit, Bolt strives for, and largely appears to succeed, at rendering pages as they would appear in a standard desktop browser, thanks to its use of WebKit and Bitstream’s server-side technologies.
Bolt 3.0 is available as a free download in the Android Market.