- Store and serve application resources locally
- Store data locally in a fully-searchable relational database
Google Gears say their goal is to create a single, standardized way to add offline capabilities to Web applications—not just software developed by Google—but any software that can take advantage of the Google Gears API. Google Gears is still in its beta testing stage and not yet ready for prime time.
If you are a tinkerer and would like to test drive Google Gears, check out this tutorial. Several sample applications are featured on the site.