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

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

1. blackice214

Posts: 168; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Yes I need this fuccc siri

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 .

14. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 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.

2. sonofzeus

Posts: 95; Member since: Jul 05, 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

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.

23. sonofzeus

Posts: 95; Member since: Jul 05, 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

3. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 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.

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

7. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 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.

8. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

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

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Bye bye Siri!!

6. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 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?

10. pixelado

Posts: 130; Member since: Feb 16, 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?

15. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 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.

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.

12. drnggaj33

Posts: 127; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

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

13. palmguy

Posts: 982; Member since: Mar 22, 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.

16. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 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.

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.

20. rickywinataa

Posts: 262; Member since: Apr 05, 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

22. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

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

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