A historic moment when actually two rivals are partnering up for humanity. It doesn’t matter if they partner up in the future for any of the tech stuff, but partnering for COVID-19 infection tracking makes this insanely amazing.
In a press release by Apple on their Newsroom website, they talked about the partnership between them and Google.
Google and Apple are announcing a joint effort to enable the use of Bluetooth technology to help governments and health agencies reduce the spread of the virus, with user privacy and security central to the design.
The companies have planned to use the contact tracing a valuable asset to trace the COVID-19 infections, using Bluetooth. Instead of using GPS, using Bluetooth will consider the privacy of the users and users will welcome the approach open-mindedly.
Second, in the coming months, Apple and Google will work to enable a broader Bluetooth-based contact tracing platform by building this functionality into the underlying platforms. This is a more robust solution than an API and would allow more individuals to participate, if they choose to opt in, as well as enable interaction with a broader ecosystem of apps and government health authorities. Privacy, transparency, and consent are of utmost importance in this effort, and we look forward to building this functionality in consultation with interested stakeholders. We will openly publish information about our work for others to analyze.
The technology will be rolling out starting the month of May, in form of Application Programming interfaces or APIs, in short. These APIs will interop or will be common between Android and iOS as stated by Apple.
Once the first stage is successful, they will continue working on “Bluetooth-based contact tracing platform” into iOS and Android. As per Apple this will let user participate and help other apps to use this effectively.
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. Through close cooperation and collaboration with developers, governments and public health providers, we hope to harness the power of technology to help countries around the world slow the spread of COVID-19 and accelerate the return of everyday life.
Apple believes that this is the moment when they join hands to use technology and bring tools to those who are fighting the virus.
Source: Apple Newsroom
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