Pokki: Serving the Web like bite-sized candy

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The beta version includes a small sample of Pokkies for your taskbar.

(Credit: Screenshot by Eddie Cho/ CNET)

Let's face it; your daily routine of checking Facebook, browsing RSS news, writing e-mails, sending tweets have evolved into quite the laundry list. Sweet Labs just released Pokki to sweeten up the task.

Pokki,  not to be confused with those delectable Japanese snacks, is a compact HTML5-based framework that allows users to view commonly used Web APIs in a pop-up shell.

As Web 2.0 continues to gain traction, companies are pursuing new ways to bridge the gap between the web app and the native desktop application. Sweet Labs has recognized that as simple and sleek these Web apps may be, many users still hold a strong bond with their desktop environment to run their applications. Many developers have already attempted to make the two worlds play friendlier, such as SeesmicAdobeand Mozilla. Sweet Labs, however, seems to be on the right track from an integrative and design standpoint.


Pokkis display feed updates in real time.

(Credit: Screenshot by Eddie Cho/CNET)

Each Pokki resides in the taskbar. Clicking on a Pokki pops open a small window with the selected application. Although still in beta, Pokki includes limited numbers of popular apps like Facebook, RSS readers, Gmail, LivingSocial, and Twitter. Unlike a standard window application, Pokki's pop-up windows can neither expand nor be moved.

In fact, Pokki feels very much like thumbing through apps on a smartphone: although it doesn't quite offer the full, grandeur access to, say, Facebook's social options or Gmail's interface, it does pack the most critical functions into a compartmentalized design. Each icon displays a bubble indicating the number of updates or messages. Clicking on a feed or link opens up the respective app in a browser as well.

As the current release is still in beta stages, Pokki offers a sample model of what developers can do with the released SDK (I can already smell cloud-serviced music players brewing away).

What Sweet Labs has cooked up is a product that quickly feels native and strikes a nice balance between multitasking and simplicity. It's already reduced the hassle of opening several tabs, logging into various accounts and tab-scrolling in my daily routine by integrating essential Web apps into bite-sized complements to my workspace.

If you have a sweet tooth for social networks, news, and daily bargains, come take a bite and try it out for yourself.

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