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RIM patents method to speed up web browsing

RIM patents method to speed up web browsing
It seems a bit ironic considering the problems that BlackBerry devices have had matching the top mobile browsers, but RIM has just filed a patent that allows for quicker web browsing. The entire method is a bit complicated but it involves getting the most important part of a web site to post to the phone's display while the unimportant parts are held back. Currently, browsers will download web pages based on the principle of First In, First Out. This means that in certain circumstances, the rendering of the web site might be put on hold until certain information is received by the browser. RIM's solution, in their own words, says, "Therefore, there is a need for a method and system whereby a first device (e.g. a wireless handheld device or mobile station) may send a request to a second device (e.g. a wireless gateway server or other server) for response data having a higher priority than response data for an earlier request which is still transferring to the first device from the second device. Further there is a need for a second device (e.g. the server) to process the prioritized requests accordingly, inserting the higher priority response data into a content stream that the second device is transmitting to the first device, pre-empting any earlier lower priority response data that may already be enqueued." The bottom line is that BlackBerry devices will be able to load a page before it has to deal with CSS and JavaScript files. This will stop the experience that 'Berry users have had where 50 out of 51 kb of a page have loaded and the phone's screen is blank. Add this to the new WebKit browser that BlackBerry will be shipping starting in Q3 as we reported, and the browser may no longer be the achilles heel for 'Berry users.

source: Read,Write,Web

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