Developers excited about Location API

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2008-03-05 Print this article Print

Despite the Location API not specifically mentioning mobile, sources said it surely will be on both the desktop and mobile platform, as the versions are the same so far.

Said one developer of the possibilities the Location API could create: "Having location on a mobile device to Web developers is friggin' awesome."

Meanwhile, in addition to a location API, Google is looking at delivering other native APIs such as a camera and contacts API, sources said.

The main thing, however, is that the Google for Mobile API shows developers a taste of a mobile Web with APIs that talk to the phone with the ease of development of the Web.

Meanwhile, in his blog on March 3, Wiles said: "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."

Wiles said the first version is now available for Internet Explorer Mobile on Windows Mobile 5 and 6. "We're also working to bring Google Gears for mobile to Android and other mobile platforms with capable web browsers."

Yet, in the video attached to his blog, Wiles said, Google chose Windows Mobile as the first device to support because "Windows Mobile has the most open and easy browser out there."

In addition, Google is intent on supporting the development of iPhone applications supporting the Gears on Mobile Devices API, Wiles said. "We had this belief that mobile browsers would become as capable as desktop browsers, and the iPhone is the first browser to do that."

Overall, said Wiles: "We want developers to just write standard AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and X M L) apps in the browser just like they do on the desktop and have them work on mobile phones."


Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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