The birth of google-gears-ce

Following on from my previous posting about my initial success I have started a new project on google code. The project is called google-gears-ce and is designed to be a straight port of the standard Google Gears plugin to Windows CE powered devices.

I imagine eventually the code could be merged into the main google-gears repository. However I thought having it as a seperate project would help initially until the code stabilises a bit, and functionality has been verified as working and the hacks removed etc.

It’s very early days yet (and I doubt anyone else can compile the code as is, but I would be keen to get some collaboration going to really see this project go somewhere.

So if this sounds like fun, get in contact with me, or download the source from the SVN Repository on Google Code. Be warned though, you will probably need to tweak build-wince.bat quite a lot to get this building on your machine, and the resultant binaries require some manual tweaks in the registry to make them work. I’ll try to tidy some of this up, and atleast document my thoughts within the wiki.

3 Responses to “The birth of google-gears-ce”

  1. Jason says:

    This sounds greet. Offline web tools are a natural for mobile devices with high data costs.

  2. This looks good, but it is now July 2009, two years after this first post and I’m wondering what the status is. I’m visiting the Google Code URL and it is giving an error.

    Is this project dead? What happened?

    I have an application with Windows CE and IE6 browser that I would like to get to work with Google Gears.

    Thanks in advance

  3. Hi Blaine,

    This project is essentially dead.

    See for example my comment on the following blog post http://www.christec.co.nz/blog/archives/50/comment-page-1#comment-31623

    Google now support Windows Mobile out of the box (which was my original end goal). Windows CE support was just a stepping stone, since the web browser available on that platform was a closer fit to the existing code base (i.e. required less hacks or alterations to the browser integration) than Pocket Internet Explorer (PIE) and it allowed me to concentrate on the other changes required (such as cross compilation for ARM etc).

    If there is a pressing need I’m sure it would be possible to take Google’s code and get it working on “raw” Windows CE devices without too much trouble. There’s possibly only a few Windows Mobile specific dependencies that have creapt in, but I haven’t kept an eye on it for over a year, so don’t know what the current state of the project is.

    If there’s a pressing need, contact me and we can discuss further.

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