We just heard what Google’s Eric Schmidt had to say about the future of Android and Chrome, but one more interesting Schmidt quote has just crossed our desk, seeming to confirm the leaks we saw last week of Google’s efforts developing a port of Google Now for iOS devices.
At the Google Big Tent Summit in India, Schmidt was specifically asked about Google Now on the iPhone. Rather than giving any sort of noncommittal response as to Google’s involvement, Schmidt instead passed the buck, saying, “you’ll need to discuss that with Apple.” He continued, “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.”
Short of out and saying it, Schmidt appears to be strongly implying that Google has completed work on Now for iOS, and the only question at the moment will be whether or not Apple sees fit to grant the app its seal of approval. In the past, we might have wondered if Apple would see fit to suppress Now, in order to bolster the position of Siri; in a post-iOS-6-Maps world, however, it seems a lot less likely that Apple would find a reason to keep Google away from its users.
Update: Huh – well here’s a wrinkle. Despite Schmidt’s answer, Apple is denying that Google has submitted any Google Now app.