RIM have filed a patent with the US Patent and Trademark office that seeks to speed up your Internet connection by setting up a proxy server on the device. The patent is titled “SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENHANCING NETWORK BROWSING SPEED BY SETTING A PROXY SERVER ON A HANDHELD DEVICE.”
According to the patent:
“One reason is that the data is sent across the air uncompressed. This increases traffic and lowers browsing speed. Another reason is that the browser may have to make multiple requests before it is able to display a single document.[...]Requests and responses are sent back and forth wirelessly multiple times, slowing browsing speed and delaying webpage delivery.”
By creating a proxy server on the device that will compress and transcode the HTTP request before it sent through the wireless gateway, RIM can speed up your Internet connection. Since RIM files so many patents, it’s possible that this particular filing is meaningless, or it could be specifically aimed at improving their upcoming WebKit browser.
More from the patent:
“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.”
We know data compression is a high priority for BlackBerry, as network infrastructure becomes increasingly strained under the loads that modern day smartphones are putting on it. This patent could therefore be an important technology in RIM’s WebKit browser.