Google Wave Going Mobile



google_wave_logoIn case you’ve forgotten, Google Wave is that cool new email-is-so-last-century communication method. Currently in invitation-only beta, some have hailed Google Wave and its instant, integrated communication as a huge timewaster, while others like it.

Google Wave continues to roll, too, with new clients announced for both Macs and iPhones. Called Waveboard, the client will be a desktop version of the online client.

Participating iPhone users can access the web version, of course, but Mashable says that the web version yields mixed results (with some in the comments saying that the iPhone consistently crashes in the interface). The client version would (hopefully) make Wave operate much more smoothly. Naturally, there might be some concerns about speed in the real-time platform—but a deeper look at the software changes shows that shouldn’t be a problem.

Rather than an offline application accessing the online information, the client is actually a free site-specific browser. Waveboard, however, may help Wave run faster than it would in a regular browser (especially one being used for several things simultaneously—how many tabs do you have open now? [13]).

At least one person who used it said they “tested it, nothing really different from the browser experience, which you could get by adding a fluid browser to your menu bar, but worth for the growl notification system.”

Here’s what it looks like on the iPhone:

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The developer says the app is awaiting approval for the Apple App Store.

What do you think? Would you be interested in a Wave client for slightly faster browsing and better notifications—or is this one Wave you’re willing to miss?

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