Google Executive Chariman Eric Schmidt at the Big Tent Summit in India, said that Google Now is being submitted to Apple App Store for approval–and the ball is now in Apple’s court for Google Now on iOS.
Apple later denied stating “it hasn’t yet received an official submission of Google Now for iOS. There’s no such app in the queue,” Apple says. So, Google Now on iOS is still a pipe dream for the time being.
Schmidt responded to a direct question from moderator Alan Rusbridger about when Google Now would work on his iPhone stating:
“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 them they approve and some of them they don’t,” he went on to say.
Google Now for iOS might still be in the works at Google as this apparently leaked video suggests. The video demos features including traffic for commutes, live updates for flights, translation and conversion services, as well as updates for athletic events and sightseeing info.
Schmidt, while on stage also said that the Mountain View will keep its two operating systems “Android” and “Chrome,” separate products–“Android and Chrome would be “separate & independent for a long time”,” he said adding, there could be more “commonality” between them.
Make no mistake, the ultimate merger of Chrome and Android is inevitably.
Schmidt also talked about connecting the next billion users, about the potential of Internet, and said that the education problems can be solved using the Internet. And, the furture is “mobile” and “no company can ignore it.”
Also, alongside Google Glass, the company is rumored to be working on a “smartwatch” to be paired alongside connected Android devices. According to the Financial Times, Google’s Android arm will be the team working on the device, as opposed to the X Lab division, which handled Google Glass development.
Google didn’t comment on the story–however, Google already owned a patent that was filed in 2011 for a “smart watch” with a “flip-up display.”
Google is also working on a re-designing its Google Play Store app, according to Droid-Life claim, who got the hands-on an unreleased 4.0 version of the Google Play Android app ahead the public release.
The app is said to be coming with a big UI overhaul–“it’s more Holo themed than ever, uses new fonts as category section titles, bigger images, individual pages for apps, movies, etc. are all filled with bigger images and a much cleaner design.
Google is now using text to separate sections, but now shows big beautiful images and color to grab attention. The layouts of most pages, including search results, remain mostly the same, however, the eye candy is everywhere,” Driod-Lifed added.
Gone is the dark box-styled home page.