Apple and Google come together to fight Coronovirus
They are rivals but have teamed up for a good cause. Silicon Valley giants Apple and Google would come together which will enable health authorities to better track COVID-19 patients, and alert people who’ve been in contact with them, which could provide significant help in containing the virus.
Apple and Google will provide tools that will enable combined device tracing across both iOS and Android devices, which will mean that no matter what device a person is using, a central process will be able to track it, based on proximity signals via Bluetooth.
Health authorities will then be able to develop apps that can trace which users have been in close contact with others. The process will be opt-in, and will require users to download a new, official app.
If a person is found to have COVID-19, they’ll be able to log that in the app, via a code from a health authority, which will then alert all other app users who’ve been in contact with them that they are at risk and need to self-isolate.
Both Apple and Google were founded by friends. Sergey Brin and Larry (Lawrence) Page met by chance and invented Google while friends Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Ronald Wayne invented Apple.