Contrary to Schmidt's comments, Google Now not submitted to Apple
21st Mar 2013 | 21:12
The latest Apple vs Google back-and-forth is over Google Now
A Google representative also told TechRadar, "Yes, I can confirm for you: We have not submitted Google Now to Apple's App Store," backing up a statement Apple sent to TechCrunch.
This flies in the face of comments made by Google's Eric Schmidt, who seemed to lay the blame for Google Now's Android-only status at Apple's doorstep.
"You'll need to discuss that with Apple," said Schmidt at the Google Big Tent Summit in India.
They said, Schmidt said
Schmidt was responding to a candid question from the moderator, who asked when he could get Google Now on his iPhone.
"Apple has a policy of approving or disapproving apps that are submitted into its store, and some of the apps we make they approve and some of them they don't," he said.
"They recently did approve Google Maps, thank goodness," Schmidt quipped to laughter and applause.
Not Google Now, but maybe Google later
Although both Apple and Google are denying that Google Now is in the App Store queue, the two companies have been in this position before.
Schmidt, in another discussion last October, said the decision for Google Maps coming to iOS would be in Apple's court.
"I don't want to pre-announce products," Schmidt said last October, "but I can tell you that were we to do that, [Apple] would also have to approve it."
"They haven't approved all of Google's offerings over the years."
Google Now for iPhone app video
Could Schmidt's similar sounding remarks today be a prelude to Google Now being available for download in the iOS App Store in the future?
There is a well-put-together Google Now for iPhone and iPad app video that is suspected of being a leaked promotional video, though this is unconfirmed.