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Eric Schmidt hints that Google Now for iOS is up to Apple

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Eric Schmidt hints that Google Now for iOS is up to Apple
Google Now pushes out timely information

Google Now pushes out timely information

The other day, we passed along a video that was discovered on YouTube promoting Google Now for iOS devices. The speculation that the service, which pushes timely information to users when it is needed, is headed to the Apple App Store appears to be legit. At the Google Big Tent Summit in India, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt was asked by Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of The Guardian, whether Google Now will run on his Apple iPhone. Schimdt's response was that the approval to have Google Now available for iOS is a decision that Apple will have to make. Schmidt noted that Apple either approves or disapproves apps for the App Store and that "some of them they approve and some of them they don’t."

Google Now is Google's answer to Siri, but unlike Apple's voice-activated service, it sends out information you need, when you need it. For example, Google Now will send out traffic information for your daily commute before you leave for the office. Current weather conditions and a forecast can be pushed to your device in advance of your appointment so you know how to dress. If approved by Apple, the application would be available via Google Search with a swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

source: TechCrunch

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posted on 21 Mar 2013, 12:42 8

1. blackice214 (Posts: 163; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


Yes I need this fuccc siri

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 13:42 2

9. iphone5fornow (unregistered)


I love how google plays dirty with windows phone and don't support or release any google apps , but they come begging to apple to approve google now lol that's the power of apple , we don't need google now we just gotta make Siri better , Apple doesn't try anything when it comes to laggy android , no one single thing , and them fandroid talk about apple no being fair with google , well google is no far with windows phone that's how it works .

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 15:36

14. sprockkets (Posts: 1090; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Uh, remind me of how many ios devices are out there vs. WP8.

And apple is more fair to Microsoft: They allowed them to use their patents. Otherwise it isn't any big surprise they only make their software to sell overpriced high margin hardware that looks good.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 12:54 10

2. sonofzeus (Posts: 95; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Apple will not allow google now in IOS

They never play a fair game,mozilla has stopped support for the firefox app in IOS stating the same reason

IOS users are stuck with SIRI, and apple fans are gonna give thumps down for the comment because of the truth they fail to accept

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 13:49 2

11. iphone5fornow (unregistered)


Really stop being so sarcastic , go ask your beloved Google why they don't support windows phone , and then apple is no fair you a joke , is call karma.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 19:32

21. lyndon420 (Posts: 1688; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


I asked Google. They said "WP's suck, so we aren't supporting them". There...better now man?

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 05:47 1

23. sonofzeus (Posts: 95; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Google stopped supporting WP8,after microsoft started bugging google with the patents infrigement cases

Apple in the other hand restricts apps like firefox not to use new concepts which will make firefox faster than safari on no basis

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 12:58 6

3. bubbadoes (Posts: 322; Member since: 03 May 2012)


Apple wants to keep the footprint of Google at a minimum on IOS. Look it took PUBLIC outrage just to get Google MAPS back on IOS when clearly it was the better MAP over Apple MAPS.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 13:07 4

5. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3239; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Untrue. Google had clear warning that apple was replacing Google maps. Apple never stopped them from releasing an app.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 13:18 5

7. p0rkguy (Posts: 683; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


I'm curious as to what you're believing to be untrue.
Apple wants to keep the footprint of Google at a minimum on IOS?
Look it took PUBLIC outrage just to get Google MAPS back on IOS when clearly it was the better MAP over Apple MAPS?
Your statements don't make his untrue. In fact, your first statement makes his statement true.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 13:31 2

8. bubbadoes (Posts: 322; Member since: 03 May 2012)


ALL THE RED ON YOUR POST SAYS IT ALL!!!! and that's TRUE #5

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 13:02 2

4. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5075; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Bye bye Siri!!

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 13:13 7

6. buccob (Posts: 1316; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


I actually feel a little angry that this is being developed and resources are being used, instead of bringing this to ICS and even Gingerbread... Maybe released as a separate app through the Play Store...

Same goes for Chrome not being compatible with Gingerbread... wtf google?

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 13:47 3

10. pixelado (Posts: 130; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


Agreed, sometimes I feel like Google supports other platforms instead of Android itself (giving away tools for porting Android apps to other platforms, and now this).

Remember Chrome for mobile? 95% percent of iOS users can run it, but only about %30 of Android users can run it
- BUT OEMS ARE TO BLAME!!!
Yes and no, why did Google use an API level that's not available for at least half the total of Android users?

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 15:38 2

15. sprockkets (Posts: 1090; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


You aren't missing much. Chrome is slower and buggy. About the only thing going for it is sync and the magnification of small links when you put your finger on a bunch of them.

But I agree: The navigation app on Android is still gingerbread themed while the ios one is all new.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 16:13

17. Hemlocke (unregistered)


Yeah, Chrome for Android blows, and unless you are a Chrome desktop user, it is not competitive with mobile Safari. The only good browser that is on both platforms is Dolphin. Coincidentally, one of my major gripes about WP8 is that it has zero good browsers. That is a huge problem for that platform.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 14:00

12. drnggaj33 (Posts: 127; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)


everyone gonna DL it that now just like google mpas and youtube lol i luv it

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 15:26

13. palmguy (Posts: 218; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


If that happens, then I might get an iPhone. I hate Siri's robotic voice. Reminds me of the people who have the electronic voice boxes on their throat.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 15:55 1

16. Topcat488 (Posts: 1114; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


The only reason why Apple haven't approved Google Now for ios is because it's "FREE". If Google had charged $3.99 for the App, it would already be in the App Store, cause Apple would then get their 30% from the App.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 16:17

18. Hemlocke (unregistered)


They won't approve it because of the data harvesting Google does. Had Maps been akin to Android Maps with its data collection, it would not have been approved. Not that Google Maps matters anymore, anyway.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 17:52

20. rickywinataa (Posts: 262; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


well, i guess if google now will be launched for iOS, the first developers will try to do is to change the siri button for google now

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 23:24

22. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


With Steve Jobs wanting to nuke Android / Google, they sure work well together.

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