Phones with iOS and Google-backed Android will now be able to transfer information with a common ‘opt in system’. The brands will collaborate on a ‘contact tracing’ method that can recognize people in contact with an infected person and alert users. Apple and Google revealed a joint initiative to use their phones to trace coronavirus connections to battle the pandemic. The movement brings together the greatest mobile operating systems to use smartphone technology to track and probably contain the global COVID-19 outbreak.
The organizations confirmed this in a joint statement – “All of us at Apple and Google understand there has never been a more crucial moment to work together to solve one of the world’s most pressing problems.” The initial step will release the latest software interface and operating system-level technology to let iPhones and Android-smartphones distribute information through applications provided by public health authorities.
The initiative comes as governments around the globe investigate and implement measures to use phone-location technology to recognize people with the virus and keep them from infecting others. This is taking place even as it raises privacy and civil liberty concerns. Both the companies said they will operate together in the coming months to manage standard Bluetooth capabilities relied on by wireless smartphones and devices like earbuds, so that they can be used to let phones exchange information. The companies contended that the users’ privacy, clearness, and transparency were prime priorities in the joint initiative.
Apple and Google jointly stated, “With the help of close cooperation and collaboration with public health providers, developers and governments we expect to harness the power of technology to help nations around the globe slow the spread of COVID-19 and accelerate the return of everyday life.”