Google Gears on the iTouchs?

Discussion in 'iPod touch Hacks' started by codingmonkey, Nov 4, 2007.

  1. codingmonkey macrumors member

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    Hi everyone, it looks like Google Gears is released under the New BSD License (Open Source) and so I was wondering if anyone attempted to compile and run it on their iPod Touch/iPhone? There are several great web apps that would work really well with Google Gears (Google Reader, Remember The Milk), so I was wondering if it's been attempted. Thanks.
     
  2. cwolves macrumors regular

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    google gears doesn't currently work for safari and even if it did there's currently no way to install safari plugins on an un-hacked touch so it's somewhat pointless.
     
  3. codingmonkey thread starter macrumors member

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    Well I meant on a hacked touch... but I guess since it doesn't support Safari, then it doesn't help :(.
     
  4. cwolves macrumors regular

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    It's relatively pointless to put it on a hacked touch. Since gears isn't supported by unhacked touches anything you'd write would only work for a hacked ipod. If this is the case, most developers would just say write a native app because you're going to get better features, etc anyway.

    if you're looking to use gears as a storage engine, you're out of luck as there's no way to do that with offline mobile safari pages at the moment.

    If you're looking to use it to cache code and have an offline app (a calculator, for example, that doesn't need to store any data), I can actually tell you how.
     
  5. codingmonkey thread starter macrumors member

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    Well the main reason I want to get Google Gears to work on the iPod Touch is so I can use the very powerful and useful Remember The Milk To-Do application. I'd love to have it sync both ways when I get to a location that has some WiFi. But since Google Gears is Open Source, I might try to figure out how to get it to work on the iPod Touch.

    And I assume to run applications that don't store data you just save them and access them from Apache right?
     
  6. cwolves macrumors regular

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    You can actually run offline apps on an unhacked touch by base-64 encoding the entire file. No apache needed.

    Gears is open-source but it's currently a firefox plugin right now. To run on the touch it needs to be a safari plugin. Unless you -really- know what you're doing, leave it alone and let google figure it out :)
     
  7. lebnjay macrumors newbie

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  8. codingmonkey thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah Remember the Milk has an iPhone version. It's very nice. It seems Google has come out with an iTouch version of Google Reader and Google Calendar (both look very nice). I really want Google Gears to work on the iTouch so you can sync between the various applications when you get internet access. This also allows me to enter things on the computer and also have another place where it's backed up.
     

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