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It said, it said news: Apple claims there is no Google app awaiting approval

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It said, it said news: Apple claims there is no Google app awaiting approval
Earlier today, we heard that Eric Schmidt had insinuated Google Now had been submitted to the iTunes App Store and was awaiting approval from Apple. This is a card that Google has played before when submitting apps, in part to highlight the difference between Apple's approach and Google's, and partly to pressure Apple into approving Google's apps faster. The trouble is that this time around Apple has responded by saying that there are no Google apps awaiting approval to the App Store.

A company representative for Apple told The Verge that there are absolutely no Google apps up for review in the App Store at all. It sounds like Google hasn't yet submitted the Google Search app update to the App Store, so don't expect it anytime too soon.

If Google hasn't yet submitted the Google Now update for the Search app on iOS, then it would seem that Eric Schmidt just wanted to take a shot at Apple's approval process. Of course, while the Apple approval process does delay apps compared to the Play Store's open door policy, it has been a long time since Apple delayed a Google app unnecessarily. But, Google is sure to keep Apple honest. 

source: The Verge

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posted on 21 Mar 2013, 16:38 13

1. CivicSi89 (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Jul 2011)


Sounds to me like if you wanna get a phone with the awesomeness of Google Now, You will have to go Android. Apple probably wouldnt approve this because it would hurt Siri. (emotionally...)

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 16:53 8

4. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2662; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Get some new material, the whole "Apple won't publish Google Apps" is a myth that hasn't been true in years. (ever since the Senate forced Apple to approve Google Voice)

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 19:17

11. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


I thought the last incident was with Google maps?

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 19:28 6

12. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3320; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


No it wasn't. Google Maps was approved with no problem.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 22:47 2

22. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


There's a difference ... that was because Apple Goofed up on their maps terribly so were left with no choice really.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 21:19 3

16. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2662; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Mxy is right. Google reported when Maps was submitted and awaiting approval, but there was no delay.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 16:38 6

2. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


What if they did and Apple is not telling the truth? Just saying

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 16:53 7

3. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2662; Member since: 26 May 2011)


It's possible, but not likely. Apple has nothing to gain by lying, because it would be pretty easy for a Google engineer to produce a developer console record. It seems much more likely that Eric Schmidt may be a bit out of the loop, what with being in India right now.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 01:13

28. firelightx (Posts: 71; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


And it's just as likely that the unnamed rep for Apple is out of the loop. Big business like this, dealing with how many thousands of app submissions per month?

Things fall through the cracks in either Apple or Google. No matter where the fault is, no matter who's dropping the ball, I'm not surprised.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 18:13 1

7. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 360; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)


Whatever it is, I use Google Voice on my jailbroken iPad over Siri

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 11:11

32. aahmed215 (Posts: 76; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)


You don't need to jailbreak your device to use the Google Voice app.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 19:10

10. denn90 (Posts: 14; Member since: 03 May 2011)


PhoneArena Has Mixed Informations because I already have the GoogleNow App On My IPad and IPod Touch 5

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 20:43 3

14. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Read this article:

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Eric-Schmidt-hints-that-Google-Now-for-iOS-is-up-to-Apple_id41091

Where does Eric Schmidt say that it is "submitted" for approval?

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 20:53

15. cybervlad81 (Posts: 84; Member since: 04 Apr 2011)


I watched the interview and was wondering this too. He hinted at it, yes, but it sounded more like the only reason he brought it up was to mock Apple's approval process. After, the interviewer was talking over him so it was hard to tell, it even sounded like he said he didn't think Apple was worried about Google Now at all.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 21:35

20. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Making a "Hill out of a Mole" is not something uncommon in journalism world ... and such things do become "BREAKING NEWS" :)

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 21:24 1

18. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2662; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Good point, he never actually said it had been submitted, just that it would be up to Apple to approve it when it was submitted. Let me edit.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 06:42

29. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5237; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Apple is just jealous.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 11:10

31. aahmed215 (Posts: 76; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)


I don't think Eric actually said that the app has been sent to Apple. He is just saying they are working on one and that the next step (the approval) will be in Apple's court.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 21:12

33. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Another article about nothing..hire jerry Seinfeld now

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