Google Gears is a great development .. Not just in itself, but for the Web as a whole. I have always been a fan of Google and my next thought would be .. How about Google Gears for mobile?
It sounds very logical to me .. and a great move for the Mobile Web.
Not only will this benefit Google Apps .. but in my view, it would also benefit the Mobile Web – especially if, we , as developers can extend this to the mobile platform ..
I need to understand Google’s roadmap a bit more on this, but I dont see why not .. and it has clear benefits for us as an industry ..
Seeing as it’s open source and they’re talking about submitting it to a standards body I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before Nokia creates an S60 version, and Opera (or NetFront) incorporates it into their mobile offerings.
I’ve seen a couple of projects doing something similar with Python (Flash Lite -> Flyer), but the Gears API/plugin seems to make the whole local storage thing much, much easier (and cleaner)
Watch this space I say!