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  • iPhone Google Wave Client Close to Release
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wu3uz5KLedw]YouTube - WaveBoard - iPhone Google Wave Client Demo[/ame]

    video via GetWaveBoard.com


    Google Wave is a new real-time collaboration tool under development by the geniuses at Google Labs. Access to the service is still invitation-only, but if you are one of the lucky few there is a new iPhone client that is pending release on the App Store: Waveboard, which is a native iPhone port of the Waveboard desktop client.

    Google describes Wave as "an online tool for real-time communication and collaboration." Though we've seen such marketing buzz before about everything from Lotus Notes to Skype, what makes Wave interesting and potentially a breakout product is its support for rich media in a platform-independent, standards-based approach. And though it will work in any web browser that supports HTML 5, being able to operate it in a lightweight, standalone app should make it quicker and easier to work with.

    "Waves" (Firefly fans will recognize the reference) are essentially shared, editable XML documents. As distinct from an email, if you're on a wave you can reply anywhere in the message as well as edit it, and all participants can watch in real time, letter by letter, as changes are made. In this way it merges email, instant messaging and something like a wiki. Like wiki documents, waves can link to other waves and changes can be played back in order like wiki history.

    The technology is obviously in its infancy and until it reaches wide distribution there's no way to know if this will be significant or not . But the fact that it is being developed by Google is one indication that it will have strong engineering support as it matures and be spread to the widest possible audience. After all, when GMail came out, everybody though it was just another Hotmail.

    Waveboard's developer suggests interested users follow his Twitter (@holtwick) for notification of when the app is released.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone Google Wave Client Close to Release started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. TooSlo's Avatar
      TooSlo -
      Quote Originally Posted by billchase2 View Post
      That looks identical to the mobile version of Google Wave you get if you sign in on your iPhone... What's the advantage to this app over just running it in Safari?
      I'm willing to bet that there will be better media integration. Currently the video/photos browsing completely sucks.

      I haven't tried uploading photos to a wave just yet, but currently it doesn't play nicely with FF either.

      /shrug

      I could see some things like torrent sites using something like this since you can keep things fairly private and it's easy to remove permissions from waves for people as well.

      I like the technology, but I think that there is a lot more to it than "If email were created today..."
    1. howlett15's Avatar
      howlett15 -
      Just curious, I signed up for a wave invite on the 12th and i thought i read where it takes about 2 weeks to receive the invite, but now I'm wondering if that was for people that were actually invited by someone? Can someone that signed up let me know how long it took to get the invite? Oh and does it go on just straight days or like business days lol? I'm so anxious!
    1. TooSlo's Avatar
      TooSlo -
      Quote Originally Posted by howlett15 View Post
      Just curious, I signed up for a wave invite on the 12th and i thought i read where it takes about 2 weeks to receive the invite, but now I'm wondering if that was for people that were actually invited by someone? Can someone that signed up let me know how long it took to get the invite? Oh and does it go on just straight days or like business days lol? I'm so anxious!
      I'm not all that sure that there is a "set" time that you sign up for a wave invite and receive one. It may be some type of lottery type system, or they take into account things like the size of your Gmail box, how frequently you're logged into GTalk, if you currently use Google Voice, etc.

      The people that I invited were about 2-3 days out until they received their actual invites in the mail.
    1. howlett15's Avatar
      howlett15 -
      Quote Originally Posted by TooSlo View Post
      I'm not all that sure that there is a "set" time that you sign up for a wave invite and receive one. It may be some type of lottery type system, or they take into account things like the size of your Gmail box, how frequently you're logged into GTalk, if you currently use Google Voice, etc.

      The people that I invited were about 2-3 days out until they received their actual invites in the mail.
      Ok cool, well i hope i get my invite this week, I use my Gmail account every day, i have Google voice(which took about 2 weeks for the invite) and i use Google talk every Monday lol so my fingers are crossed.
    1. howlett15's Avatar
      howlett15 -
      yep 2 weeks today, no invite