A few days ago, a promotional video leaked showing Google Now for iOS. Since then, there has been speculation about the status and whereabouts of Google Now. The situation become a bit more cloudy this morning when Google’s Eric Schmidt issued vague quotes as to when Google Now would be available in the App Store. A mere hours later, Apple issued a statement to CNET declaring they have yet to see Google Now submitted to the App Store.
Schmidt, speaking at the Big Ten Summit in India, responded to a question regarding the availability of Google Now for iOS.
“You’ll need to discuss that with Apple,” Schmidt said. “Apple has a policy of approving or disapproving apps that are submitted into its store, and some of them they approve and some of them they don’t.”
Apple says it has never seen a Google Now application submitted for approval. In actuality, Google Now won’t be a dedicated application. As per the leaked promotional video, it will be wrapped into Google Search. Schmidt’s remarks are surprising as he must have known that it hasn’t been submitted or why comment? Google Now has received positive reviews, but users might not find it as useful on iOS since it requires a few steps to launch.
Update: Google now confirms that they have not submitted Google Now to the App Store.