I believe that many BlackBerry users are eagerly anticipating the new WebKit based BlackBerry browser to that is supposed to be on par with, if not better than, mobile browsers currently found on devices like those running Android, Web OS, and even the iPhone OS. The BlackBerry Browser, however, isn’t the only thing RIM is looking at to improve your web browsing experience on the BlackBerry.
A new patent application recently filed by Research in Motion aims to speed up communication between the web and your web browser by installing a proxy server of sorts directly on your device.
A system for enhancing network-browsing speed by setting a proxy server on a handheld device is disclosed. The system 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, a wireless network communicably linked to the proxy server, and Mobile Data Service (MDS) gateway communicably linked to the wireless network for transcoding and decompressing the request, and transcoding and compressing the response including the requested message from the website. MDS gateway further receives a redirect response including an address of the requested message and sends a redirect request for requesting the message from the address if there is no requested message at the website, the proxy server sends a notification to the browser with respect to the redirect occurred in the MDS gateway, the browser sends a request to the proxy server for requesting the requested message, and the proxy server sends the requested message to the browser. The redirect occurs between the proxy server and the browser within the handheld device, and does not happen wirelessly to enhance the network browsing speed.
To make a long story short, RIM plans to install a proxy server on your BlackBerry that would intercept requests inbound for the BlackBerry Browser, compress it all up, and send it off to a gateway on RIM’s network. The gateway would process and convert the data into a format that the BlackBerry Browser can render quickly and efficiently on your device.
There are third party mobile browsers work in a similar fashion, however, RIM, would have the advantage of using their own BIS network to transport the data.
I am getting excited about what the mobile web will look like on the BlackBerry in the not too distant future.