Google Browser Sync rises from the dead

By Mark O’Neill
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

First Google announces that they are consigning their Browser Sync project to the grave and the fans that liked GBS started wailing and gnashing their teeth in despair.   This was good news to Mozilla who are currently developing their own browser sync project called Weave.

But now Firefox Facts is reporting that Google will release the Browser Sync source code under the BSD license and put it on the Google Code website.

So it looks like it could be making a sort of unofficial low profile comeback (a bit like David Hasselhoff in Baywatch Nights). Unfortunately, I don’t think it will officially be supported by Google. It will probably just sit there on the code page, the unwanted and unloved Google app, for anyone that wants to play around with it and put it back on their Firefox browser.

Here’s the Browser Sync page on Google Code if anyone wants to watch it and see what gets posted.   The actual Browser Sync is not there at the moment as far as I can see.

4 Responses to Google Browser Sync rises from the dead

  1. Sheamus,

    That browser was released quite a while ago, and in fact they just released a new version. It's called Firefox.

    No seriously, I believe that instead of releasing their own version of a browser they realized that they can get all of the same benefits without the hard work that goes into building a browser just by partnering with Mozilla.

    I doubt that Google will ever release their gbrowser.

  2. Well….with Google, it's always a case of "never say never". No-one outside Google ever knows what those guys are up to until the day they release something. One of the things I admire about them is that they are a remarkably disciplined company – you hardly see one of their employees leaking information about a planned product before its scheduled release date.

    So maybe they will shock us all with a Gbrowser? You never know.

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