Coronavirus: Apple and Google integrate a tracking solution into their smartphones

by bold-lichterman

Google and Apple will integrate the contact tracing solution they offer directly into their smartphones to better monitor the progress of Covid-19, thus eliminating the need to design and download a dedicated application.

The two American giants had launched in April a tool allowing holders of smartphones equipped with Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android software to exchange information, via Bluetooth, with applications developed by public health authorities. The latter, downloadable from the online stores of the two groups, allow their users to be warned if they have met another user infected with the coronavirus in the previous days.

Easier and faster

Future versions of iOS and Android, the most widely used operating systems on smartphones across the planet, will now directly integrate the exhibition notification system. Public authorities no longer need to design their own tracking application. The owners of the phones will have to accept that it is activated in order to know whether or not they have crossed paths with carriers of the virus.

“We make it easier and faster (for public health authorities) to use the exposure notification system without having to create and maintain an application”, said the two companies in a joint statement Tuesday. The new solution proposed brings them “Additional option” to complete their plotting toolset. It will be compatible with applications using the system initially developed by Apple and Google. This development was planned from the start.