RIM has published a patent describing a way to improve the way your smartphone retrieves data from the network.  To maintain fast data speeds on a BlackBerry with low signal stength is difficult with increasing data usage today.  With less-than-optimal speeds, the experience begins to suffer as uncompressed data needs to be pulled through multiple servers and processed.  RIM is proposing that if smartphones were able to provide details information about the state of the connection, this could help improve the browsing experience with a low speed connection.

More specifically, it is proposed that mobile browsers can send their connection strengths and types to a web server using http headers.   For example, you may be able to connect over LTE in the city, but only with EDGE in another more remote location.  You wouldn’t want to wait longer to open the webpage if you’re on EDGE.

The headers might look something like this:

[0091] X-Network-Status: <2G/3G/4G/Wi-Fi>; ;
[0092] X-Network-Status: ; 

[0093] X-Network-Status: 
[0094] X-Network-Status: ; 
[0095] X-Network-Status: <802.11a/b/g/n>  

You can check out all the details of the patent in its full description here.

Depending on your network speed, the data can be compressed accordingly.  How do you think this idea will impact how we use mobile browsers?  Sound off in the comments below!

 Thanks Denis!