Archives for October 2009

Google Wave will be getting its own App Store

Google held a GTUG (Google Technology User Group) meeting in London earlier this week, where they announced that they’ll be building a marketplace for apps.

According to Lars Rasmussen: “We’ll almost certainly build a store…So many developers have asked us to build a marketplace—and we might do a revenue-sharing arrangement.”

This makes sense.  Even with only a few extensions available in the Wave “Extension Settings” wave, it’s a bit unwieldy.  Having a proper place to search, sort and sell them will make a lot more sense.

It’s certainly still a long way off — there’s still much work to be done on the core framework.  Still, it’s an exciting concept to look forward to.

How to print from Google Wave

It’s kind of sad that this post even needs to be written.  How to print?  Seriously.  Yeah, go try it and then come back.

Not fun, is it?  There’s no printing options in Wave, the default printing from your browser results in a huge mess, and copy/paste to another application destroys your formatting.  While I’m sure printing (or export to PDF) is on the list of tasks for the Wave team, we’ve come up with a decent solution in the meantime:

Step 1 – Use Firefox.  Google Chrome works great for Wave, but Firefox is needed for this trick.
Step 2 – Install the “User Agent Switcher” extension for Firefox.
Step 3 – Once installed (and you restart Firefox), go to [Tools] –> [Default User Agent] and choose “iPhone 3.0”.
Step 4 – Fire up Google Wave.


You’ll find yourself in the iPhone formatted version of Wave, which we discussed earlier.  Click on a wave to pull it up, and it’ll all show up on one screen.  Printing from your browser should now work pretty well.

Leaving the Agent on iPhone 3.0 will make a lot of sites look odd, so be sure to switch it back to “Default User Agent” when you’re done.

I’ll admit, it’s not a perfect solution.  I expect Google will have a proper solution in place before too long.  In the meantime, it’s a very useful workaround.  I hope you find it helpful!

How to run Google Wave on your iPhone

As many of you have figured out, Google Wave runs reasonably well on the iPhone.  It gives a warning screen that it’s “not a supported browser”, but you can bypass that and it’ll run happily on your phone.  It can be a bit quirky and it’s missing some of the fancy features of the normal version of Wave, but it works pretty well.  However, there are a few tricks to help it run even better.

Save it as an app-like shortcut

With any web site, you can click the (+) button in your browser and “Add to Home Screen”.  This creates an icon on the desktop that takes you directly to that site.  For most sites, it opens Safari and loads the site in there, making it less than useful.  However, some sites are written in such a way that when you click the icon, it opens without the browser wrapper and runs quite well!  The Wave team has built this feature it, so try it with Wave and see what happens.

app-itUse App It

Taking that a step further, you can use the site to fire up Wave.  AppIt works similarly to the Wave shortcut, in that it runs in a clean version of Safari.  However, it gives you quick access to all of the Google Mobile sites — Gmail, Calendar, Docs, etc, including Wave.  It’s quite a handy little icon to use.

To add it to your phone:

  • Visit on your iPhone browser
  • Click the (+) icon at the bottom of the screen
  • Choose the middle option — “Add to Home Screen”

Now you’ll have an “AppIt” icon on your iPhone screen.  It’ll run and feel just like a normal app that you’d download, and give you easy access to Wave.

I’d expect that that mobile performance of Wave will improve greatly in the coming months.  Even so, I’m quite impressed with how well it runs already.

A bunch of great ways to use Google Wave

The folks at LifeHacker have put together a great post today listing a ton of ideas on what Google Wave could be used for.  They asked readers for ideas, and got more than 600 responses.

The list of ideas:

  • Education: Increasing Interactivity and Collaborative Learning
  • Healthcare: Getting the H1N1 Vaccine Out Faster
  • Transportation: Controlling Air Traffic
  • Journalism: More Complete and Collaborative News Reporting
  • Saving Babies: Protecting and Helping Children
  • Creative Pursuits: Collaborative Storytelling
  • Family Life: Updating Loved Ones on Health Issues
  • Research: Getting Results Faster from Around the World
  • Foreign (and Mother-in-Law) Relations: Translating Real-Time
  • Fun: Organizing Little League
  • Disaster Relief: Saving People Stuck on Rooftops
  • Events: Planning a Wedding
  • Family Life: Organizing a Busy Schedule

Be sure to read through their full blog entry to see details about each idea.  What other ways do you plan use Wave?

Google Wave explained in simple terms in two minutes

If you thought the 80 minute video was a bit overwhelming to send your friends, and you felt that the 8 minute overview was still a bit much, how about this one?  It’s a quick, animated, 2:14 video that explains the basics of Wave.  Now you have a decent answer for the people that ask you to “explain Google Wave real quick”.

(via Lifehacker)

Google Wave reviewed by TechCrunch on TV

TechCrunch writer MG Siegler appeared yesterday on G4’s “Attack of the Show” to talk about Google Wave.  Check out the video below to see what he had to say.

Still waiting for your invite? Here are a bunch of videos to help whet your appetite.

Don’t worry if you haven’t gotten your invitation yet — they’re still being sent out, and yours still might be on the way.  In the meantime, here are a bunch of great videos you can check out if you want to learn more about Wave.

First, we have the 1:20:11 video from the Developer Preview at Google I/O 2009:

If you don’t want to spend 80 minutes watching that presentation, here it is cropped down to 10 minutes:

15 Features in Google Wave:

CNet’s Rafe Needleman giving a brief overview of Wave:

Preview of iPhone version of Wave:

How the Live Collaborative Editing works:

How the Natural Language Processing works:

I hope that gives you a bit more to chew on. Keep checking your inboxes, and hopefully your invite will arrive soon!