Google says Apple is reviewing a Google Now app, Apple says it isn't [Update]

Google chairman and former CEO, Eric Schmidt, has hinted that Google Now for iOS, which was recently leaked, is under review at Apple. For apps to appear in the App Store, Apple must first check and approve them - a double edged sword for companies such as Google, as Apple can choose to ban their apps from the iOS ecosystem. Google has a few apps on the App Store, including Search. For those who are uninformed, Google Now is a slick piece of software from Google that is baked into Android and allows the user to control the phone via their voice, as well as offering pieces of relevant information (e.g. plane times) when it recognises that the user may need them. 

MacRumors is now highlighting a tweet from Mahendra Palsule, an editor at Techmeme: 

 

 

"Alan" refers to Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian newspaper in the UK. The comments were made in an interview between Schmidt and Rusbridger, and can be found around the 18 minute mark. A transcript of the video is provided by MacRumors:

Q: When can I get Google Now on my iPhone?

A: On your iPhone? You'll need to discuss that with Apple. 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. They recently did approve Google Maps, thank goodness. [laughter] And without being too obnoxious, you have excellent vendors of Android choices for you in London, from many different suppliers.

Q: So, has Apple got a problem with Google Now?

A: That was an ambiguous statement. Does Apple have a problem with Google, or Google Now? [laughter]

Q: Sorry...Google Now. Capital letter.

A: Let me not talk about the specifics. I don't think they're particularly worried about Google Now.

Apple and Google have a difficult relationship, with Android gaining significant marketshare in the smartphone arena. Apple already has Siri, which Apple may consider a direct rival to Google Now. For this reason, Apple may not allow Now onto iOS. However, Apple did recently allow Google Maps back onto iOS showing they will offer third party alternatives to their own software. 

The Loop is reporting that Google has not submitted the Google Now app to the App Store, raising the question of why Eric Schmidt lied. 

Update: Google PR has provided Neowin with confirmation that they didn't submit the Google Now app to Apple: "We have not submitted Google Now to Apple's App Store." 

Source: MacRumors, The Loop | Image via Android Community

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What's the difference between MS getting raped for bundling IE but Apple being OK to not allow apps which do similar things that iOS already does?

But how do you explain the leaked Google Now for iOS video if they haven't submitted or made the effort to? Some video editors had too much relaxation time?

As much as I love Google Now (I really love it), it won't be nearly as good on iOS because it won't have the system hooks it needs to function like it does on Android. I would still like to see it on my iPhone. The Google apps on iOS are very well made and I use most of them.

I think that what Schmidt may have meant is that when Apple allows apps to run in the background for as long as they want, we'll see Google Now on iOS.

What would be the point in it being released now when it can only run for ten minutes in the background? Kinda defeats the object of it...

Seriously?

Apple approve or reject submitted apps based on a set of pre published guidelines. Cases where these guidelines haven't been adhered to are few and far between, so as long as Google abide by them there should be no problem.

Think what you will about Apple, or Google or Microsoft, but at least use facts to explain your position rather than stupid, opinionated statements like, "Apple will reject is to protect their own ass." Really? Can I borrow your crystal ball?

If Apple chooses to deny it, people are like, "I TOLD U SO, STOOPID CRAPPLE!"
If they accept it, it's because, "OH WEL THAY KNO THEY CANT DO BETTER!!"

At the end of the day, the idiots here will find some justification to place Apple in a negative light. (no, I'm not a fan of Apple either, but holy hell some of the arguments are complete garbage)

dead.cell said,
If Apple chooses to deny it, people are like, "I TOLD U SO, STOOPID CRAPPLE!"
If they accept it, it's because, "OH WEL THAY KNO THEY CANT DO BETTER!!"

At the end of the day, the idiots here will find some justification to place Apple in a negative light. (no, I'm not a fan of Apple either, but holy hell some of the arguments are complete garbage)

But you still can't answer on why they would deny it?

There must be something behind it, as therefor i wrote the 3 things in my earlier post that will be one of the reasons why they would deny it, if they do.

dead.cell said,
At the end of the day, the idiots here will find some justification to place Apple in a negative light. (no, I'm not a fan of Apple either, but holy hell some of the arguments are complete garbage)


1) You are here, so I guess that means you are an idiot also? I think that makes you the supreme idiot, since you are labeling yourself an idiot and if anyone knows an idiot...

2) At the end of the day, you will find some justification to place Apple in the best possible light, and start ranting that everybody is a hater, why are we so mean to poor, poor oppressed Apple, and we are just trying to suppress your "valuable" opinion, so we need to go away.

dead.cell said,
Answer what? You're implying I was responding to you to begin with...

I'm just asking. And the fact that you think i'm just setting Apple in a negative lights just because i say it is quite funny. Because there is absolutely no reasons to set Apple in good lights if they actually denies it. Why can't we set Apple in a negative lights if they reject Google Now then?

In your world, it seems that you don't like to hear that others sets Apple in a negative lights when Apple does bad things. You just want to hear good things about them no matter how many stupid things Apple does.

Edited by Exynos, Mar 21 2013, 9:50pm :

Oh this is rich. I don't own any Apple products. The last Apple product I owned, my iPod Touch, I gave to my brother. I'm all Android, Windows 7/8 Pro, and so forth.

It's just when you hear the same crap day in and day out, it just starts to get tiresome, even if I'm on the same side of the fence as you guys. I don't mind people being against Apple, that's your choice. What I'm saying is that half the arguments people present in their hate towards Apple are completely stupid! They don't use the products, they don't use their services, and honestly, there's no winning with these people. Apple is damned if they do, damned if they don't going by the way people act on forums and various online communities. Sure, some of the crazy bias on Gizmodo or Macrumors can be laughable, but on the flip side, so is all the hate.

Also, at SoylentG, by "idiots here", I mean the people on this site that are stupid, not that everyone is stupid. If you want to include yourself into that group, be my guest, but that's not what I was saying.

dead.cell said,
Oh this is rich. I don't own any Apple products. The last Apple product I owned, my iPod Touch, I gave to my brother. I'm all Android, Windows 7/8 Pro, and so forth.

It's just when you hear the same crap day in and day out, it just starts to get tiresome, even if I'm on the same side of the fence as you guys. I don't mind people being against Apple, that's your choice. What I'm saying is that half the arguments people present in their hate towards Apple are completely stupid! They don't use the products, they don't use their services, and honestly, there's no winning with these people. Apple is damned if they do, damned if they don't going by the way people act on forums and various online communities. Sure, some of the crazy bias on Gizmodo or Macrumors can be laughable, but on the flip side, so is all the hate.

Also, at SoylentG, by "idiots here", I mean the people on this site that are stupid, not that everyone is stupid. If you want to include yourself into that group, be my guest, but that's not what I was saying.

And the old tiresome arguments most of the iOS users use against Android isn't stupid at all?

Is my argument stupid if i say that the UI on iOS is the same today than it was in 2007, also that the UI on iOS is extremely outdated?

If not, please explain why it's not outdated when you compare it to Android today.

I agree with dead.cell the beating of the same drum gets old. I actually use to enjoy Neowin quite a bit, but now I usually don't even look at the comments or participate because it's the same old complaints over and over. They are competing companies ,there suppose to make it hard for each other. Behind the scenes they are all mostly rich and eat pizza together.

dead.cell said,
Also, at SoylentG, by "idiots here", I mean the people on this site that are stupid, not that everyone is stupid. If you want to include yourself into that group, be my guest, but that's not what I was saying.

I get it - it is just the people who disagree with you are stupid or idiots, and hate. Meanwhile, all the Apple/Linux/Google fanboys around here are completely respectful, have nothing but kind words to say to others, have nothing but the deepest respect for companies that do not produce their favorite products, and just want to get around a campfire and sing Kumbaya with those who have different opinions because they have that much love in their hearts.

Exynos said,
And the old tiresome arguments most of the iOS users use against Android isn't stupid at all?

Is my argument stupid if i say that the UI on iOS is the same today than it was in 2007, also that the UI on iOS is extremely outdated?

If not, please explain why it's not outdated when you compare it to Android today.

The difference is not in what you say, but to the context of what you say it. Saying something sucks when you don't use it (or in many cases on online communities, have NEVER used it) is rather useless. There's no point in going on about something unless you've had experience with it. Now, if you were to tell me about your personal experiences with a product, what it lacked, and why you abandoned it for another, THAT is much more informative. This is what I find interesting to read.

I'm an Android user myself, and while I love it, it does have its drawbacks. The difference I guess is that when bad things are said about Android, it's usually a valid thought out point, and usually coming from an Android user anyway. However, arguments against Apple often times don't make sense. If you want to talk about lacking features and such, cool, I can agree with that. However, that's not often the case.

Also, many are playing into this idea as if companies are out on the school yard, talking about how X company is cowering in fear from Y company or why everyone doesn't hold hands and get along... It's business. They're either doing it to shut out a company, or working with their rivals to make more money. At the end of the day, profit is the bottom line and emotions are often irrelevant.

I'm not sure why I'm having to defend myself against wanting better, more valid arguments as opposed to the, "yea just stuipd crapple!" rhetoric. Sure, everyone's entitled to their own opinions, but damn, you'd think some people would actually try.

@SolentG, troll elsewhere. These jimmies will not be rustled.

SoylentG said,


1) You are here, so I guess that means you are an idiot also? I think that makes you the supreme idiot, since you are labeling yourself an idiot and if anyone knows an idiot...

2) At the end of the day, you will find some justification to place Apple in the best possible light, and start ranting that everybody is a hater, why are we so mean to poor, poor oppressed Apple, and we are just trying to suppress your "valuable" opinion, so we need to go away.

He said "the idiots here" which does not mean that whoever is here is an idiot.

dead.cell said,

@SolentG, troll elsewhere. These jimmies will not be rustled.

So add troll to the list of names you will call people if they disagree with you. Of course, you want people to get along, and play nice with poor Apple, but you have no problems attacking people who disagree with you. So you are no better than what you profess to not like.

I keep thinking back to Monty Python, "Help, help, Apple is being oppressed!"

SoylentG said,
So add troll to the list of names you will call people if they disagree with you. Of course, you want people to get along, and play nice with poor Apple, but you have no problems attacking people who disagree with you. So you are no better than what you profess to not like.

I keep thinking back to Monty Python, "Help, help, Apple is being oppressed!"

I don't care if people play nice with Apple. There's hundreds of reasons to not like Apple; my point is that stupid people won't list any of these reasons (let alone come up with one of their own).

I really have no idea what you're going on about to be honest.

The questions is, why would Apple reject Google Now if that would happen?

1. Is it because Apple hate competition?
2. Is it because Apple knows their software(s) sucks and don't want others to make better apps than them?
3. Is it because Apple hates to know that Google (witchis their enemy) is much better than Apple at making software?

Choose one of those.

If Apple accept the app, then all things are fine. But because i know Apple is nazi about this, then i really doubt Apple will allow it.

Exynos said,
The questions is, why would Apple reject Google Now if that would happen?

1. Is it because Apple hate competition?
2. Is it because Apple knows their software(s) sucks and don't want others to make better apps than them?
3. Is it because Apple hates to know that Google (witchis their enemy) is much better than Apple at making software?

Choose one of those.

If Apple accept the app, then all things are fine. But because i know Apple is nazi about this, then i really doubt Apple will allow it.


The answer is simple, no app was ever submitted. Google has confirmed it too.

-Razorfold said,

The answer is simple, no app was ever submitted. Google has confirmed it too.

If you read my post again, i'm not asking if the Google Now app was submitted to Apple or not. I'm just pointing out what the reasons can be if Apple actually rejects Google Now.

That tweet to me doesn't imply it has been submitted. I think he was saying that why bother since Apple would reject it most likely.

#Michael said,
You never know. Apple didn't reject google maps.

They did it so save their own ass, because Apple did a horrible horrible job with Apple Maps. And Apple didn't want to looks like idiots, so they had to allow Google Maps in again to save face.

RangerLG said,
That tweet to me doesn't imply it has been submitted. I think he was saying that why bother since Apple would reject it most likely.

The tweet implies that Apple has the app, when in fact they do not. Schmidt was talking Schmidt.

maxslaterrobins said,
The tweet implies that Apple has the app, when in fact they do not. Schmidt was talking Schmidt.

Please tell me you'll be here all week.

@Exynos: There is logic in that thinking. But either way Apple approved the maps app so I doubt there would be a reason to reject the gNow app.

"You'll have to ask Apple" Doesn't really mean they have it right now. That could easily mean a future event when it is submitted.