It is one of the few situations when two large and rival companies end up collaborating together to implement a technology using a API (Application Programming Interface) common.
Through this API, smartphones will use Bluetooth technology to track contacts with COVID-19. With the user's consent, the smartphone will send medical information to a cloud, including the coronavirus test result.
It is not about applications for alerting people close to someone tested positive, but about a system through which we can find out if we have been in contact or in the vicinity of a positive person.
This idea of contact detection Apple si Google, appeared in mid - March, when a team of engineers from Apple they came up with several ideas to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The speed with which the idea took shape and reached an advanced state of development is astonishing. In just a few weeks, several teams from Apple, including the healthcare division, the location services division, cryptography experts and software engineers, brought the project, originally called "Bubble", to a very advanced stage.
At the end of March, he joined this project Google, which separately develops something similar, codenamed "Apollo". The meeting between Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Tim Cook, CEO Apple, initialed the collaboration for the development of a common API that will be integrated from May 1, 2020 on both iOS 14 and Android 11.
This technology will benefit all government institutions around the world, which want to integrate in their applications a system for tracking people with COVID-19 and even alerting people nearby.
It should be noted that all this data will be decentralized and kept encrypted. Their distribution to other devices will be done only with the user's consent.