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Google Demoes Off-Line Mobile Web Apps with iPhone (VIDEO)

New functionality being shown by Google publicly for the first time, allows mobile devices to access data that has been locally stored on the device without any network connections. A first for new-age mobile devices, and a breakthrough for developers.

iPhoneBuzz posts a video and images of the new functionality which is split into three categories. First, a web-page or web application can implement a local database which can store data directly on the device. Second, App Cache allows that same application to store its executable state directly on the device, which means that form processes being sent from a user’s “touch” can still be performed. Third, GeoLocation allows that particular application (while running in a browser) to securely access location based features while respecting privacy.


If after the video, the concept still seems blurry, just imagine being able to access data from Gmail while your iPhone is in airplane mode. With the implementation of these emerging standards, a developer can build and deploy an application that spans multiple devices and platforms. Just as long as they support these W3C open-web standards.

As we’ve explained, Apple’s intentions lie at the forefront of web technology and open-standards. They have long made it apparent that Adobe’s Flash is not needed, and have continued to invest in open technologies.

Back in January, we reported some information being relayed to us from sources inside AT&T. The term “wireless network caching” was being used to explain a potential way for iPhone users, and AT&T especially to open up a better solution for MMS. Not to be confused with local caching, which stores data on a particular device, AT&T’s potential “network caching” would utilize a cellular network to store data.

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3 Comments to “Google Demoes Off-Line Mobile Web Apps with iPhone (VIDEO)”

paulQ @ February 18th, 2009 at 12:07 pm
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This is awesome. This opens up a host of new possibilities for everyone ! End users AND developers ! This is why I love Google.

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smith @ February 18th, 2009 at 12:13 pm
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Anyone know when this will be made available for devs?

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jojo22 @ February 18th, 2009 at 2:24 pm
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Google didn’t say anything smith, Nothing about when it was coming out.

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