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WinMo goes offline with Google Gears

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You may or may not have heard of Google Gears on your desktop PC.

Completely unrelated to a certain webmaster of CoolSmartphone (:D), Google Gears is a technology that allows online sites to work offline - that is away from your internet connection. Google Gears is behind the ability to use Google Docs and Google Reader offline on your desktop, and has also been implemented by third parties such as RememberTheMilk - made possible by the fact that Google Gears is a free, public technology.

As of the new release, not only does Google Gears work with your desktop, it also works with your Pocket IE equipped device! Google announced here (last month) support for our favourite platform (yes, i'm a bit behind the news!)

Already a couple of apps are supporting Gears on Mobile, including Zoho (a web based documents suite) and Picasa (a photo album tool). If you use either of these tools, or are looking for such a solution... then head on over - it's pretty slick (especially Picasa!)

From the Google post linked above...

It's a mobile zoo out there. If you've ever tried coding up a mobile client application, you've probably noticed that the huge variety of mobile operating systems makes it tough to build rich applications that work on every device. We face the same challenges. But what if developers could deploy applications directly to mobile browsers rather than develop native applications? That would simplify the development process, as developers could use the same coding skills to create mobile applications. Even better, if these mobile web applications could work offline, users would be able to use them when they are disconnected from the network.

Developers, look no further. Today we're announcing the launch of Google Gears for mobile, a mobile browser extension for creating rich web applications for mobile devices. The first version is now available for Internet Explorer Mobile on Windows Mobile 5 and 6. It's a fully functional port of Google Gears v0.2 that can be used to develop offline capability into your mobile web applications. You can also create slick and responsive applications by hiding latency issues through controlled caching of data and storage of information between sessions. We're also working to bring Google Gears for mobile to Android and other mobile platforms with capable web browsers.

In short, I think this is a GREAT tool for web developers, and would love to see it taking off! Which sites would you like to see available offline and for what situations?

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Guest mowgli1977
Oh and Buxfer - http://buxfer.com/ - is mobile gears ready too, and looks a good online finance management app!


Hi guys/Paul.

I wonder if you can help me out here. please. I can't seem to install google gears on my omnia (either through opera 9.5 or IE - Although I am aware that under the system requirements, it says it only supports IE mobile).

A message keeps coming up saying the google gears version I have on the omnia is old and needs updating + a message that says the browser(s) is not supported.

What have I missed?




Windows Mobile CE OS 5.2.20270 (build 20270.1.3.1)

Many thanks in advance.

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I've tried to install Gears on my HTC Touch and it works well. However even if you select Storage Card as the location for the install it still installs it in main storage. Has anyone managed to install it on their SD card?


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