RIM Adding Proxy to BlackBerry Devices to Speed Up Internet
We all want faster internet on our BlackBerry right? RIM has filed a new patent with the US Patent and Trademark office aspires to speed up the internet on your BlackBerry by setting up a proxy server on it. The title of the patent is "SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENHANCING NETWORK BROWSING SPEED BY SETTING A PROXY SERVER ON A HANDHELD DEVICE."
The current problem is that data is sent across the air uncompressed. The result is increased traffic and slower browsing. Also, the browser may make multiple requests for data when loading a single page, thus prolonging the time it takes for the page to finish loading.
To help remedy these issues, a proxy server set up on a device would compress and transcode the requests before it gets sent to the wireless gateway.
Here is a more detailed explanation on how this would work according to the patent's inventors.
"A system for enhancing network-browsing speed by setting a proxy server on a handheld device comprises a browser for sending a request for requesting a message from a website and receiving a response in response to the request, a proxy server for transcoding and compressing the request, and transcoding and decompressing the response including the requested message in response to the request, a wireless network communicably linked to the proxy server, Mobile Data Service (MDS) gateway for transcoding and decompressing the request, and transcoding and compressing the response including the requested message from the website."
If this sounds confusing, the closest thing I can think of that would be like this, is Opera Mini. Not exactly but similar in that Opera Mini also has a proxy set up and compresses data. Though not in the same fashion as described in this patent. This is a very welcomed idea in my opinion and needed. Couple this with the possibility of a WebKit browser, and we may just start drooling a little.
Last edited by sunkast; 01-15-2010 at 02:11 PM.
Sounds great! But a few questions come to mind.
Is this something in the near or distant future?
Is it something that can be applied to existing phones?
Or is it going to require new hardware?
Anyway to SPEED up the internet would be welcome.....and it can't come soon enough! I hope there is a way to use this with existing equipment!!!
this is good news but now we need to find out when it will happen
seems nice, opera mini does work better that way, from my understanding, opera mini renders most of the website on opera's server, thus making page loading much faster.
browsing from here, halfway around the world from blackberry server, well con't say that peed is great, but compression technique would help... but wouldn't the device would be burdened by decompressing data????
If I had to imagine, this would be part of the new browser RIM is working on. I would have to guess that you can safely set the release date for this as the same release date of the new browser.. Just my opinion, it wouldn't be right to release a new browser and then add something this big later as this will almost have to be something that is near the base of the production, if you understand what I'm saying?..
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