Monday, June 11, 2007

Google in Microsoft Boundaries- Google Gear

Microsoft the ultimate and undisputed king of Desktop world is enjoying its dream spell for the past 10 years; on the other hand Google the "Innovator" is continuously releasing Internet centric software, based on fresh ideas and user demands such as Google Map, Google Desktop, Google Blogger, and lots of other Googlies. So far both empires have their boundaries defined and emperors were playing within it. Google Desktop search was the first attempt of Google penetration in Microsoft boundary which was not successful as it was countered by more powerful Microsoft Desktop search. Now Google is ready for a new attempt with its new weapon named as Google Gear! So what is Google Gear? A free, open-source multi-platform JavaScript application programming interface (API) that lets Web applications work offline. Below are the words from Google Representative

"With Google Gears, we're tackling a key limitation of the browser in order to make it a stronger platform for deploying all types of applications and enabling a better user experience in the cloud," said Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, in a statement. "We believe strongly in the power of the community to stretch this new technology to the limits of what's possible and ultimately emerge with an open standard that benefits everyone."

Google hopes Gears will become the standard for adding offline capabilities such as data storage, application caching, and multithreading to online applications.

David Mitchell Smith, Gartner web analyst, said that "The idea of taking Web applications offline is big," he said. While Google Gears can be viewed as a competitive move against Microsoft, he said that's not the only valid frame of reference.

Google Gears is also a threat for rich Internet applications. "Rich clients become less compelling the more the Web applications continue to grow," said Smith from Google. "Ajax has certainly taken a bite out of the opportunities that RIA developers thought they had."

Following are three Key features of Google Gear;
  1. A local server, to cache and serve application resources (HTML, JavaScript, images, etc.) without needing to contact a server.
  2. A database, to store and access data from within the browser.
  3. A worker thread pool, to make web applications more responsive by performing expensive operations in the background

Google Gear is currently compatible with following set of browsers;

  • Apple Mac OS X (10.2 or higher) o Firefox 1.5 or higher
  • Linux o Firefox 1.5 or higher
  • Microsoft Windows (XP or higher) o Firefox 1.5 or higher o Internet Explorer 6 or higher

Following are some useful links related to Google Gear

Google Gear:
Sample Tutorial:
Sample Applications:


Anonymous said...

I pretty much stopped reading once I notice it's Javascript. I could be wrong but I think Javascript is soon to be dead. Google needs to put their effort on sth else other than JS which has run out its usefulness.

Anonymous said...

I think the above comment is absolutely wrong. Javascript is the key for all the current web 2.0 hype that exists currently. Also currently google has done a wonderful job empowering javascript. May be i think in future this concept should have been in built in browsers rather than a plugin so that developers have ability can make offline web apps