Couchbase could partially solve apps' persistent need for an always-on Internet connection

Couchbase could partially solve apps' persistent need for an always-on Internet connection
The WSJ reported that Couchbase, a Mountain View-based data server company, has a solution which will let mobile developers make apps which work offline. It goes without saying that the need for constant and reliable Internet connection is almost as much of a pain point as smart devices' limited battery life.

Couchbase aims to solve that by offering a "database-on-device" solution which will allow the storage and synchronization of "unstructured data" - the kind that's produced by fitness apps, location mapping, and music streaming apps - on the device itself. This data can then by synced with the cloud. This will allow the apps to be used to an extent without a data connection. For example, live chat won't work, but tagging, adding, and deleting photos on social media will work without showing the dreaded "no connection" alert on the subway.

Couchbase's product, called Couchbase Lite, will be available to download soon from the company's website. The app has version for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. In addition, Couchbase inked a deal with Beats, which could allow Beats' streaming users to listen to music without a constant Internet connection.

source: WSJ

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5 Comments

1. tokuzumi

Posts: 1951; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Regarding beats; I wonder how much music it buffers, before the music would cut out from no data connection?

2. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Or you could get slacker eadio, which offers station caching

3. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Many databases can be run "on device" and can be made to sync with the cloud in whatever way an application needs. The main value proposition of Cloudbase is that the database itself can handle a variety of sync scenarios. This of course means needing Cloudbase on the device and in the cloud and being locked into Cloudbase. For many developers and companies, they probably don't want to be locked into an expensive one vendor database solution with a high switching cost.

4. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

I read it as douchebag

5. MobileGuru

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 18, 2014

Sounds good as you'll be able to carry on doing what you need to do despite intermittent cellular data connection

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