Google Gears: NOT ready for prime time

Google Gears: NOT ready for prime time

Summary: Google Gears is not a defacto anything. Will it be though?

TOPICS: Google

Google Gears is not a defacto anything. Will it be though?

Once again, a strategic Google move with an end-game to bolster Google's own fortunes is being lauded as a game changing Google gift.

How benevolent really is Google though?

The number one Internet company with ambitions to outseat the number one software company could have very well demonstrated that Google Gears is not all about Google applications by NOT using a Google product as its signature implementation: Google Reader!

Contrary to popular perception, Google engineers have NOT enabled what "Internet surfers for years have yearned for," Web applications that work offline.

What has Google done to kick-off its day-long promotion of software developers that create products that drive more revenues to Google?

Google Gears, a browser plug-in that will let people run Web applications when they're connected to the Internet or not. The company released the source code for the Google Gears software.

Really? And what are the tens of millions of civilan computer users to do with it? Nothing!

The initial code is aimed at JavaScript developers who write Ajax-style Web applications.

Not to fear though, Google is on the real-world ball, so says Google:

Google expects to have a consumer-ready release of Google Gears, which will be under 1 megabyte in size, "within months."

Time will tell, or not.

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  • Donna, I wonder

    what would it be that Google could do that would receive an actual appreciation from you?

    One may think they insulted you early on, perhaps unintentionally.

    Yes, there are questions about power for Google. As there are about every one of the big contenders.

    I would think a much more enlightened approach to editorializing on this would be smart.

    Wouldn't you?
    Narr vi
    • No, really.

      One can smell a Donna Bogatin Google-bashing rant from miles away, followed quickly by the headline, which tells you what you already know she's going to expand upon, and like a car-wreck, you just can't help but read it.

      Why enable Gears for a Google product? Because it's easily accessible? Because it lends itself to such a demonstration well? Because it's actually a stable product to test beta code?

      She whines that Gears does "nothing". But isn't that why developers get to see it first? So that it can be used for "many things"?

      I think trash-talking Google is like a drug habit - virtually impossible to quit once you've begun.