Android is ready for contact tracing: the system is rolling out now


Apple and Google had surprised everyone by announcing that they were working jointly on the development of an API to allow the development of digital tracking applications to better follow the spread of the Covid-19. The contact tracing API is now available. Called Exposure Notifications, this contact tracing API is now available in iOS and Android operating systems.

Apple and Google’s contact tracing API is now available

What does this mean exactly? This API allows developers or governments to create applications that can help perform digital contact tracing. It also offers the possibility of alerting users if they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19. The system use Bluetooth and works automatically. This, as soon as two devices are nearby and the functionality is active.

The fact that this API is integrated in iOS and Android should make its adoption much easier. That being said, Apple and Google have more than once reminded that whether or not to activate this feature remains at the sole discretion of the user. For example, he will have to give his express authorization to send and share his data if he should fall ill. A safeguard is necessary to protect the privacy of users. Unfortunately, if they decide to refuse, the entire efficiency of the system will be affected. The fact remains that the two tech giants offer a perfectly operational solution in this period of crisis. They will remove the API remotely once the pandemic ends.

Android is ready for contact tracing: the system is rolling out now

Exposure notifications are available on Android 6.0+ Marshmallow and later. The capability is available through Google Play Services — which is available on Android devices running Google apps — and the necessary update will be rolled out within a week. From your phone’s settings app, visit the “Google” menu to control it.

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Recently, Apple released iOS 13.5 update. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to force us to use a face mask, there is a need to update some devices, especially those that use Face ID.

iOS and iPadOS 13.5 new updates include a new coronavirus contact tracking technology API. This feature can pave the way for health organizations to begin the development of a new coronavirus tracking app. Furthermore, iOS and iPadOS 13.5 optimizes the Face ID feature. Certainly, users can not unlock the device when wearing a face mask. However, when the iPhone detects that a user is wearing a mask, it will directly pop up the password entry screen. This eliminates the burden of continuous swiping up to activate the password entry screen.

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