Google Gears just cut the web cord on my UMPC

Google just made mobile computers quite a bit more useful when offline with their new Google Gears beta. The official Google description is:

  • A local server, to cache and serve application resources (HTML, JavaScript, images, etc.) without needing to contact a server
  • A database, to store and access data from within the browser
  • A worker thread pool, to make web applications more responsive by performing expensive operations in the background

Programming mumbo-jumbo aside, here’s what I was able to do after installing the small browser extension: download up to 2,000 of my Google Reader feed items for offline reading, starring and sharing on my UMPC. This type of offline solution could greatly reduce the dependency for always-on connectivity. Once I had my connection back, l simply told Google I wanted to go into online mode and my feed actions were synched. This extension can really change the game for web-based apps and data: it’s a potential paradigm shifter.

(via GigaOm)


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