Google: HTML5 to take over from Gears
Google has officially stated that they are leaving Gears behind to concentrate on using HTML5 to achieve similar results.
Google Gears has been useful for users to get features like offline access to email on Gmail. It is also used by a lot of other third party projects.
Google has been slow in releasing new updates to the Gear project in the recent months. They have officially stated now that the aim is to use HTML5 technologies to accomplish the same.
Google said in a blog post:
If you’ve wondered why there haven’t been many Gears releases or posts on the Gears blog lately, it’s because we’ve shifted our effort towards bringing all of the Gears capabilities into web standards like HTML5. We’re not there yet, but we are getting closer.
We will continue to support Gears until such a migration is more feasible, but this support will be necessarily constrained in scope.
Specifically, we cannot support Gears in Safari on OS X Snow Leopard and later. Support for Gears in Firefox (including 3.6, which will be supported shortly) and Internet Explorer will continue.