It has been over a month since Google unveiled their new communications platform Wave. During the initial presentation Wave was said to be working on Android and iPhone, but we didn’t see much. We attended Google I/O and were lucky enough to get invites for the developer preview so I thought I would share my experiences.
Let me start by saying this sandbox preview was only meant for developers. Google wanted to give early access to those who would help build the platform. My only interest with Wave was how it would work on Android.
In the current stage of development, Wave is almost unusable on Android. When signing in from your phone, you are greeted with a warning that your browser is not fully supported. On the first use, Google Gears also prompts you to install some files on your phone to speed up performance.
From the moment you login, the overall slowness begins. Navigating between different screens takes over 30 seconds. Occasionally the browser will just freeze and then Wave reports it has crashed and needs to start over. I hooked my phone to my PC to see if I could get a better feel for why it was so slow. Looking at the logs revealed the phone was constantly running out of memory and trying to close all processes.
If you were expecting Wave to open this year, don’t hold your breath. The platform obviously has a long way to go before it is ready. In the current form, I would not expect to see it before 2010.
In case you missed the whole Wave announcement, you can watch the presentation video below.
If you would like to request an invite for Wave, fill out their sign up form.