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These past weeks I have been working on a MacBook Pro and as such was collecting all the applications I needed. Obviously I need all the browsers, with add-ons. While running Google’s Chrome browser I discovered that Chrome for Mac OS Snow Leopard is crippled.
I find this ironic as they are both Google products, one of which is frequently pushed to me by Google’s ads while using Safari and Firefox, and don’t interoperate. I can get Gears for Internet Explorer 6.0+ and mobile, FireFox 1.5+ on Windows/Linux/OSX, Safari 3.1.1+ on MacOS Tiger and Opera Mobile 9.51; so they do interoperate with much of the browser cosmos. After a little searching I discovered that the only Chrome for Windows and Chrome Lite for Android support Gears.
- Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard, G4+/Intel CPU
- Firefox 1.5+
- Safari for Mac OS Snow Leopard is not supported
- Chrome for Mac OS Snow Leopard is not supported
What’s going on?
According to the LA Times Technology blog Google is going to end of life Gears, and migrate to HTML5. Apple had the same idea when they didn’t enable Flash support on their IPhone and IPad devices.
“We are excited that much of the technology in Gears, including offline support and geolocation APIs, are being incorporated into the HTML5 spec as an open standard supported across browsers, and see that as the logical next step for developers looking to include these features in their websites,” wrote a Google spokesman.
Last November TechCrunch noted:
Gears, which allows for offline web app functionality, is completely off the table as a Chrome for Mac feature right now, according to project lead Mike Pinkerton (he actually noted this back in July). Apparently, Google plans to push ahead with full HTML5 support rather than rely on Gears, at least on the Mac.
So what shall I do in the mean time? What would you do?
- What’s powering Web apps: Google waving goodbye to Gears, hello to HTML5
- Features Chrome For Mac Beta Will Be Missing