Apple and Google Join Hands For COVID Contact Tracing With Smartphones

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Today, Apple and Google announced a partnership in which both of these tech giants will build a solution that will allow the transmission of data for tracking Coronavirus and contact tracing. In this way, both of these companies will put their efforts to help governments and health agencies reduce the spread of the virus. 

In this effort, they will use Bluetooth low energy technology built into smartphones. This will help the government and health organizations to better identify individuals who are suspect of this novel coronavirus. 

“Apple and Google will be launching a comprehensive solution that includes Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and operating system technology to assist in enabling contact tracing,” Apple mentioned in a post.

The two companies are planning to implement this plan in action in two stages. As per the two companies, the first stage involves releasing APIs that will enable easier synchronization between Android and iOS devices that use apps from public health authorities. These official apps will be available for users to download via their respective app stores. The APIs will be released sometime in May 2020.

Once the app is released, the second phase comes into action. The idea of the second step is to enable a “broader Bluetooth-based contact tracing platform by building this functionality into the underlying platforms.” This will allow more people to participate in the program. The idea is to “enable interaction with a broader ecosystem of apps and government health authorities.” In this way, it will help governments and health organizations to easily trace coronavirus suspects to restrict it from further spreading.

Both of the tech giants said that they will need some crucial hours to work together in collaboration. “All of us at Apple and Google believe there has never been a more important moment to work together to solve one of the world’s most pressing problems.”

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