Google Reader is the first online application to offer “Gears-enabled offline capabilities,” Google told me. So you would load up Google Reader while you are online, it will download your feeds. Then you can go to the beach, away from all Internet connections, open your browser and browse through those feeds. When you are back to your Internet connection, Google Reader will sync up through Google Gears and update Google Reader with the feeds you read while offline, as well as download any new feeds you have not read yet.
“With Google Gears we’re tackling a key limitation of the browser in order to make it a stronger platform for deploying all types of applications and enabling a better user experience in the cloud,” said Eric Schmidt, Chief Executive Officer of Google. “We believe strongly in the power of the community to stretch this new technology to the limits of what’s possible and ultimately emerge with an open standard that benefits everyone.”
For more about what is going on at Google Developer Day 2007, see http://code.google.com/events/developerday/.