Google's new Google Gears offering brings new capabilities that will help users tap key resources while not connected to the Web.

 
 
By eweek  |  Posted 2012-05-28
 
 
 

Google Gears: Web Applications in an Offline World

When a site tries to use Google Gears a warning dialog asks users if they wish to allow or deny this access.

Google Gears: Web Applications in an Offline World

Google Gears: Web Applications in an Offline World - Online/Offline Modes

In the Google Gears-enabled Google Reader, a small icon lets users move between online and offline modes.

Google Gears: Web Applications in an Offline World - Online/Offline Modes

Google Gears: Web Applications in an Offline World - Google Reader Offline

When users click to move to offline mode in Google Reader, Google Gears synchronizes content for offline use.

Google Gears: Web Applications in an Offline World - Google Reader Offline

Google Gears: Web Applications in an Offline World - Google Reader Offline - 2

Using Google Reader in offline mode, thanks to Google Gear.

Google Gears: Web Applications in an Offline World - Google Reader Offline - 2

Google Gears: Web Applications in an Offline World - Google Reader Offline - 3

To conserve space in offline mode, the Google Reader strips out images from RSS feeds.

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Google Gears: Web Applications in an Offline World - Beta Download

Users wishing to try out the offline capabilities of Google Gear can download the beta at gears.google.com.

Google Gears: Web Applications in an Offline World - Beta Download

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