Google Gears is an open source browser plug-in or extension which enables web applications to provide offline functionality using JavaScript. Programmers can use these tools to enhance their own web-based programs for offline use. Refer to our previous post on Google Gears. Now Google introduced its Google Gears for mobile devices. The Google Gears beta version is available on Windows Mobile 5 and 6 devices.

It is a very common problem whereby mobile devices always get disconnected from the network or the web applications tend to go slower when the mobile devices transferring data. The launching of Google Gears for mobile devices will assist developers better to overcome the problems highlighted.

Google Gears works in exactly the same way on a Windows Mobile 5 or 6 device as it does on a desktop PC. If developers have already written an application that uses Google Gears, their application will also work on a Windows Mobile 5 or 6 device. Anyway, some modifications need to be done due to the limitations of mobile devices. In simple words, developers need to consider things such as small screen and limited ability to input text as well as the limitations of the Document Object Model and CSS APIs present on mobile devices. Users can find out more from Google’s developer site.