BOLT SDK to Power Next Generation Mobile Email Service in Asia

Bitstream has announced that one of Asia’s premier provider of online news, information, communication, entertainment and shopping services, is using the BOLT SDK as the core technology for mobilizing its next generation email service, making the service available to mobile phones of all types.

Based on the award-winning cloud computing architecture that has made BOLT the mobile browser of choice for more than 20 million people worldwide, the BOLT SDK enables carriers, handset manufacturers and other service providers to build feature rich Java ME applications that can work just as well as on entry-level feature phones as they do on high-end smartphones. The BOLT SDK lets any company with Web-based content, such as media companies, produce mobile Java apps that are ready to run on billions of mobile phones already in the market.

“Although mobile phones are becoming ‘smarter’ and more capable, the vast majority of mobile devices still do not have the processing power and storage needed for feature-rich applications,” said Sampo Kaasila, vice president of research and development at Bitstream.

“The magic behind the BOLT browser is its cloud computing architecture that places the processing power and the resulting ability to execute advanced features inside the cloud, allowing even the most basic of mobile phones to deliver superior Web browsing. This same cloud computing architecture can be used to enable a wide variety of other applications, and Bitstream is making it available to other service providers as a software development kit.”

The BOLT mobile browser, widely regarded as the industry’s most feature-rich mobile browser, delivers faster page load times along with a vast array of capabilities normally associated with desktop computer browsers to any type of mobile phone platform. To achieve both its speed and advanced features, Bitstream engineered a cloud-computing architecture that enables all of the BOLT browser’s capabilities.

This cloud-computing architecture is available to service providers as the BOLT SDK, which can be used to build robust Web applications delivered through their own custom user interfaces. The BOLT SDK, which supports Web apps written in HTML5, JavaScript and other Web programming languages, supports the same features employed by BOLT such as downloading files, desktop style layout and delivering high performance on resource constrained devices.

Bitstream’s customers leveraged the BOLT SDK to produce a mobile email service designed to reach and be used by more than 500 million Java ME mobile phone users in Asia so people can send and receive email, look up contacts, manage their calendars and perform a host of other personal information management tasks on their phones just as they could from their PCs.

By using the BOLT SDK, this next generation email service works across virtually all mobile phone platforms and nearly all mobile phones in the market (close to 200 models from over two dozen manufacturers), including all entry level phones. By using the BOLT SDK as its core application technology, this new email service can support new phone platforms and models as they are introduced.