Waver – an Adobe AIR based Google Wave client

Not so long ago, Google sent the Google Wave invites to a very small and select bunch of people. Soon the Twitterverse was (and still is) abuzz with the people clamoring for invites. Techie-Buzz in its own time also gave away invites and very soon we were hooked to Google Wave. Now, Jash Sayani has developed an app for Google Wave and by the looks of it, Waver is very usable!


Waver is based on the iPhone version of Google Wave and comes with a disclaimer right on the Adobe page itself:

This is an iPhone version of wave and running it on a computer might not load elements like buttons and other UI elements, however, you can click on the text and still use wave. Wave for iPhone is still under development and as it becomes more stable, this application will automatically work better.


However, this app is not all that bad when used. You can do the same things as the normal version of Google Wave minus the three columns. The same options are available on top of the app, and yes you can view embedded video and images! You will notice the same wave used for my first impressions post of Google Wave here.

The only thing missing from the experience is the spell checker. Spelly is notably missing, and I am guessing Google has not been implemented it for the iPhone version. Apart from that, my display picture is not being displayed. Since that sort of craziness keeps happening now and then, I blame that on Google’s beta-woes more than some inherent problem with the app itself.

However, it is a memory hog. The app takes ~82MB of the memory while Raptr which is an IM client based on AIR takes about half of that to run. This should be rectified in later versions.      waverblip

Techie Buzz Verdict

In all Sayani’s app is well worth a look, especially if you are one of those who like to tweet via Google Wave. Once Google Wave has been completely released to the public, perhaps this app will prove to be more useful than what it seems to be now!

Usability: 5/5

Features: 4/5

Speed: 3/5

Overall: 3.5/5 (Decent) [Not an average]

[Via Life Rocks 2.0]

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