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Google Now is not coming to iOS… yet

Now for a little snippet I like to call “Eric said what?”

Apparently just because Eric Schmidt says it is so doesn’t mean it is so. The Google Chairman hinted that its Siri competitor, Google Now, would be hitting Apple’s App Store once approved by the iPhone maker… but this is so false according to Apple.

The comment came at the Big Tent Activate India conference in New Delhi. When Schmidt was pressed for more details about the submission, he said:

“You’ll need to discuss that with Apple. Apple has a policy of approving or disapproving apps in its store. Some of the apps we make they approve and some of them they don’t.”

According to CNET this is not quite the case. Talking to the site, Apple confirmed that the Google Now app has not been submitted for approval to its App Store. Apple’s response has also been backed by a Google representative telling the tech news site, “Yes, I can confirm for you: we have not submitted Google Now to Apple’s App Store.”

That doesn’t mean it’s curtains for an iOS version of Google Now though. A leaked Google video a few weeks ago suggests that the app is being developed for the platform, we just don’t know when it will submitted.

Earlier this month Google Now co-creator Baris Gultekin told Memeburn that his team is committed to meeting all their users wherever they are.

“It’s running on Android right now (JellyBean). We don’t really have anything to announce yet. But at a high level, we just want to help our users wherever they are. We have a lot of Android users right now, and it’s increasing dramatically. So it’s currently only on JellyBean.”

Author | Mich Atagana

Mich Atagana
Mich started out life wanting to be a theoretical physicist but soon realized that mathematics was required. So, she promptly let go of that dream. She then decided that law might be the best place for her talents, but with too many litigation classes missed in favour of feminist... More

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