Google Gears (BETA)

ANOTHER Google Game changer!?

I have NO CLUE 🙂  I installed it, but I can’t seem to figure out WTF it does?  Come on – give me a little bit of help here Google! Some documentation?  An Icon I can click?  I installed it and see absolutely no sign of it.

Did it twice, in fact.

This is an early release of Google Gears (BETA). After installation, please pay attention to the warning dialogs and grant access only to websites that you trust.
More Information
Google Gears (BETA) is an open source browser extension that enables web applications to provide offline functionality using following JavaScript APIs:

Store and serve application resources locally

Store data locally in a fully-searchable relational database

Run asynchronous Javascript to improve application responsiveness

Google Gears (BETA)


  1. @Jon – Yeah – since I posted about it I have read more about it. But it doesn’t work for me – not on Flock, or IE7, or FF2. Mike Arrington had a similar problem.

    I guess when it’s a bit more mature it’ll be cool – but I saw it on a frind’s laptopn and none of the videos or pictures in feeds were available offline. That has to change for me to really find it useful!

    Thanks again,


  2. It allows you to take 2000 most recent items “offline” to view in reader w/o your internet connection.
    Have been testing it all day, actually works pretty slick. This will be great for flying!

  3. Chris – after I installed it I went to Google reader (hell, I am ALWAYS in Google Reader) and nothing had changed.

    BUT – I just rebooted for a different resons, and launched Reader before I got an IP address – I saw the meesage that Google Reader was in “offline mode” – yep – that’s new!

    But now that I am “online” I see nothing different – at all.

    Maybe it’s something they are rolling out in waves?


  4. It functions less like a specific application that you go into and more of a framework. I had similar sentiments about the Gears, but then I went into Google Reader. It’s pretty crazy!

  5. Dave – read that. Installed the app. Don’t see anything. My screenshot above seems to be all the info Google is providing about it.

    Did you install it? If so, what’s it do, and how do I get it to do that thing it does do? 🙂