Google has announced that Google Gears is going mobile on Windows Mobile devices. Google Gears Mobile works the same way it does on the desktop version of Google Gears, via controlled caching of data. One of the first web applications out of the gate to take advantage is Zoho, a popular web productivity suite.
"Developers, look no further. Today we're announcing the launch of Google Gears for mobile, a mobile browser extension for creating rich web applications for mobile devices. The first version is now available for Internet Explorer Mobile on Windows Mobile 5 and 6. It's a fully functional port of Google Gears v0.2 that can be used to develop offline capability into your mobile web applications. You can also create slick and responsive applications by hiding latency issues through controlled caching of data and storage of information between sessions. We're also working to bring Google Gears for mobile to Android and other mobile platforms with capable web browsers."
Could Google Gears be part of the iPhone SDK? Will the SDK allow for a Google Gears type of functionality? Only a few more days until we know for sure. Meanwhile, we can laugh at the Windows Mobile folks who are forced to use Gears on Pocket Internet Explorer.