Google and Apple will integrate the contact tracing solution they offer directly into their smartphones to better monitor the progress of Covid-19, thus eliminating the need to design and download a dedicated application.|
Future versions of iOS and Android, the most widely used operating systems on smartphones across the planet, will now directly integrate the exhibition notification system. Public authorities no longer need to design their own tracking application. The owners of the phones will have to accept that it is activated in order to know whether or not they have crossed paths with carriers of the virus.
The two companies in a joint statement on Tuesday said, "We are making it easier and faster for (public health authorities) to use the exposure notification system without having to create and maintain an app."
The new proposed solution gives them an “additional option” to complete their range of plotting tools. It will be compatible with applications using the system initially developed by Apple and Google.
As a reminder, the two American giants launched in April a tool allowing owners of smartphones equipped with Apple's iOS software or Google's Android software to exchange information, via Bluetooth, with applications developed by public health authorities. . These, which can be downloaded from the online stores of the two groups, allow their users to be warned if they have crossed paths with another user infected with the coronavirus in the previous days.