The two big companies Apple and Google, are working together to fight the coronavirus. They have announced a new tool which can come to many smartphones in the world. There will be a system to track coronavirus spread, and it will allow the users to share data through Bluetooth Low Energy transmission.
Apple and Google are building a coronavirus tracking system into iOS and Android
On Friday, 10th April, Google and Apple announced a new tool for tracking Coronavirus, which allow the user to share the data through Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE).
This new tool was described out in a series of white papers and documents. It will rely on Bluetooth wireless radio technology to help phones communicate with each other. However, it is warning the users about those people who are infected with coronavirus came in contact with you.
Apple and Google are planning to release this tool in May, so the apps can be used to trace technology to see with whom they came in contact. After a few months, the companies will build this tool directly to iOS and Android software and will help more people.
In a joint statement, both the companies said,
“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,”
On Friday, the CEO of Google Sundar Pichai took to Twitter and said, the two companies are working together on these efforts.
Check out the tweet posted by Google’s CEO:
To help public health officials slow the spread of #COVID19, Google & @Apple are working on a contact tracing approach designed with strong controls and protections for user privacy. @tim_cook and I are committed to working together on these efforts.https://t.co/T0j88YBcFu
— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) April 10, 2020
Apple and Google’s efforts are to help everyone with the impact of the coronavirus.
Apple CEO, Tim Cook, also posted on Twitter:
Contact tracing can help slow the spread of COVID-19 and can be done without compromising user privacy. We’re working with @sundarpichai & @Google to help health officials harness Bluetooth technology in a way that also respects transparency & consent. https://t.co/94XlbmaGZV
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) April 10, 2020
The tech companies are working on the new system around the coronavirus from the time it started. However, the life sciences arm of Google parent company Alphabet launched a website last month which gives people information about virus testing in California. The website done a partnership with the White House and allows the people to fill in the symptoms and complete the online screener.
Last month Google also said, it is donating more than $800 million to help small business and crisis responders.
Apple and Google both have started making and distributing protective equipment for all the health care workers.