Thursday, March 06, 2008

Google Gears Mobile

One of the few annoying things when you work at Google is that you can't really talk with your outside friends about what you are doing... so it's rather nice when you finally release the project you worked on for the last few months and be able to point to it :)

So anyway... we released Google Gears for Mobile tuesday morning ! Here is the post from Charles Wiles announcing it, another one describing mobile gears, and one on the Desktop Gears blog. Plus you get fancy videos from Charles, Andrei and Dave talking about it.

A few words about Gears: it's an opensource project, adding a cool set of javascript APIs to internet browsers. Those APIs let your website use a database locally, cache pages, and execute javascript code in threads, basically blurring the line between webapps and native apps.

Biggest use so far is enabling sites to be used while not being connected to internet. Of course, disconnected mode and local storage make even more sense on a mobile device than for a laptop... add to that the fact that writing native applications for mobile devices is a pain, and gears-enabled "webapps" are suddenly very attracting, even if on winmo you have to go through some gymnastic around PocketIE "limitations". Oh, and this work for the moment on Windows Mobile 5 and 6, touchscreen and smartphone, and implements all the 0.2 APIs of the desktop gears.

And more is coming...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow. My first reaction was a little apprehensive (storing state on the client, privacy/security, you know the drill). But after looking at the FAQ and getting used to the idea, it looks really useful. Nice work!