Now this is a bit of sad news. Just when BlackBerry OS 5.0 brings us Google Gears support rumor has it that Google themselves are abandoning Gears. Google Gears was released 2 years ago and was supposed to help online applications support offline use. It looks like Google is focusing on HTML5 and its offline features for future development. This makes me hope that RIM has Torch Mobile working on HTML5 support in their WebKit based browser…
Gizmodo was kind enough to collect some of the evidence that Google Gears is going the way of the wind:
- Gears is not supported in Mac versions of Chrome
- Standalone Gears is not supported in Snow Leopard, months after release
- Google’s been evasive about Gears support in Chrome OS, even though offline web apps are a vital part of it
- Google hasn’t announced a new Gears-compatible product in months
The LA Times Mike Milian wrote an article about the lack on Gears in Chrome for Mac and got this response back from a Google spokesman:
"We are excited that much of the technology in Gears, including offline support and geolocation APIs, are being incorporated into the HTML5 spec as an open standard supported across browsers, and see that as the logical next step for developers looking to include these features in their websites."