Quick WebApp: Google Wave Goes Full Screen for iPhone


Looks like Google Wave, the big G's cloud-based take on next-generation communication and collaboration, already works on the iPhone. No big surprise, though, it's browser powered and the iPhone still has the slickest browser in mobile. Google even showed it off on an iPhone during its debut at IO 2009. TechCrunch, however, found this interesting little bit of behavior:

Just like with any Web page on the iPhone, you can save a bookmark on your Home screen, and it creates a little icon which launches mobile Safari to that page. When you save the Wave bookmark to your Home screen, however, something different happens. You go to Wave, but without the Safari wrapper which allows you to navigate to another page or search the Web. Instead, it looks more like a regular app and there is no way to navigate away from it. Everything else works the same as in the mobile browser version.

This feature, as TechCrunch states, has been available to iPhone developers for a while, and helps blur the line between highly localized WebApps, and highly cloud-dependant widgets. If you're using Google Wave on your iPhone, let us know how it works for you. (And if you work for Google, send us an invite so we can try it.)

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Quick WebApp: Google Wave Goes Full Screen for iPhone


It's been like that since at least July when I joined, this is REALLY old news... What address do you want your invite sent to?

I got my Wave invite about a week ago. One of the first things I did was to try it on my iPod Touch. I made a link to it on my springboard and noticed the same thing described. It is nice to see it in full screen, but it is a pain to have to close that if I want to go to another site instead of just opening a new tab.

This feature was indeed available for quite some time to developers, it is also used in the iPhone web interface of transmission!
If I could get an invite I would be really pleased!!!

For a Wave invite I'll trade a GVoice invite + a Google service to be named later. - kjforrest[at]gmail[dot]com

I'll also trade a voice invite for a Wave invite. Email me at jeffthefinn at gmail dot com.

I have a Google Wave account but when I browse it from my iPhone it tells me it's not compatible with my browser. Is there a specific URL to use to get the iPhone version?

For people looking for invites and those sending them out... You can send them but there is no time frame on when they will actually be sent to the recipiant.

I like to receive an invite to Google Wave as well. Can someone send one to me too? Thanks in advance!