It's not like you could go either way on this one. He clearly implied that they had submitted the thing, and in doing so placed the blame on Apple for every second there isn't Google Now on iOS in the eyes of the average consumer. But they hadn't.
I work for a large news organization, with a solid presence in the iOS App Store. When they submit a new version with important new features to Apple, we all know it because they tell everybody, starting with top level management. And this is Google we're talking about.