Apple, Google developing Covid-19 contact tracing technology: Here’s how it will work

    Apple and Google’s co-development of Covid-19 tracing technology will be available in two stages. Here’s everything you need to know.
    By HT CORRESPONDENT
    | Updated on Apr 11 2020, 09:08 AM IST
    Apple and Google have joined hands to help curb the spread of Covid-19.
    Apple and Google have joined hands to help curb the spread of Covid-19. (Apple/Google)
    Apple and Google have joined hands to help curb the spread of Covid-19.
    Apple and Google have joined hands to help curb the spread of Covid-19. (Apple/Google)

    Apple and Google both made a major announcement last night about working together to help curb the spread of Covid-19. The two tech giants are developing on Covid-19 contact tracing technology which can be used to reduce the spread of the virus.

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    Apple and Google have planned two stages of implementing its contact tracing technology. In the first stage which will take place next month, Apple and Google will release APIs that enable interoperability between both its operating systems. The second stage involves using Bluetooth technology to enable contact tracing.

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    Second stage

    After this, Apple and Google will work together on building a contract tracing platform using Bluetooth technology. This tech will be enabled on both Android and iOS, and is said to be "a more robust solution" than an API. This contact tracing tech will also make it easier for users to engage with a bigger ecosystem of apps and also with government health agencies. This will however be optional for users.

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    First Published Date: 11 Apr, 09:07 AM IST
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