Google shifted efforts from 'Google Gears to HTML5'

Google shifted their focus from “Gears” towards bringing all of the Gears capabilities into web standards like HTML5. “We're not there yet, but we are getting closer. A new version of Google Chrome natively supports a Database API similar to Gears database API, and also new APIs like Local Storage and Web Sockets. Other facets […]

Google shifted their focus from “Gears” towards bringing all of the Gears capabilities into web standards like HTML5. “We're not there yet, but we are getting closer. A new version of Google Chrome natively supports a Database API similar to Gears database API, and also new APIs like Local Storage and Web Sockets. Other facets of Gears, such as LocalServer API and Geolocation, are also represented by similar APIs in new standards and will be included in Chrome shortly.” “We’ll continue to support Gears until such a migration is more feasible, but this support will be necessarily constrained in scope. We willn’t be investing resources in active development of new features. Likewise, there’re some platforms that would require a significant engineering effort to support due to large architectural changes. Specifically, we cannot support Gears in Safari on OS X Snow Leopard and later. Support for Gears in Firefox (including 3.6, which will be supported shortly) and Internet Explorer will continue,” stated Google.