Apple And Google’s COVID-19 Contact-tracing Feature
COVID-19 Contact-tracing Feature All the governments and health authorities across the world are working together to find solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic. Their main aim is to protect people and get society back up and running.
However, many software developers are contributing by creating technical tools to help control the virus and save lives. So, in this spirit of collaboration, Google and Apple are announcing a joint effort to enable the use of Bluetooth technology.
This Bluetooth technology helps governments and health agencies in reducing the spread of the virus.
We all know that COVID-19 can easily transmit by being close to affected individuals. So, public health officials identified contact tracing as a valuable tool to control the spread of the virus. To support this cause, Apple and Google will be launching a comprehensive solution for this problem.
Launch Of The Update
They are working together to develop a framework for the use of Bluetooth on Android and iOS devices. According to their joint statement, the framework of the system will launch in May. However, a broader Bluetooth-based contact tracing platform will enable in the coming months.
Will Huawei Phones Be Able To Run The Contact-tracing System?
Now, Huawei says that Apple and Google’s contact-tracing feature will also run on most of its phones. However, US companies are banned from doing business with Huawei before. The company’s newer releases do not include Google apps. So, these phones will miss out on the new feature.
Newer Releases From Huawei Won’t Get The Update!
Huawei has confirmed that the phones that are launched before May 2019 will have the contact tracing system. TechRadar reports the phones like Huawei P30 and P30 Pro. These phones are launched when Huawei is put on a blacklist by the US about a year ago. So, they will be getting the update.
What About The Older Versions With No Bluetooth Technology?
Apple and Google’s new system relies on wireless chips that are not available in some older phones. According to a report by Financial Times, there are about 2 billion older mobile phones lacking Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology.
It is a newer version that needs less power, and the contact-tracing entirely relies on it. So, the older versions won’t be getting the new feature.