Apple and Google working together
The two companies are working together, representing most of the phones used around the world.
Two of the tech industry’s biggest players are working together to fight the, announcing a new set of tools that could come to a majority of smartphones around the world.
The new technology, outlined in white papers published by Apple and Google Friday, relies on Bluetooth wireless radio technology to help phones communicate with one another, ultimately warning people about people they’d come in contact with who are infected with the coronavirus.
Apple and Google plan to initially release these tools in May, and then further enhance their iOS and Android software later this year to help more people
“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,” the companies said in a joint statement.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Friday touted the project on Twitter, saying the two companies “are committed to working together on these efforts.” Apple’s CEO Tim Cook added in his own tweet that the new efforts “respects transparency and consent.”
Apple and Google’s efforts are just the latest by tech giants to help mitigate the effects from the novel coronavirus. The pandemic’s forced nearly all Americans under shelter-in-place orders in hopes of slowing the virus’s spread and.
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