The new update will also allow individuals to indicate whether they have been in close contact with a person positive with COVID-19.
Speaking on Thursday, the European Commission also stated that because the apps are not now being used for contact tracing, the use of location data should be avoided. While the gaming industry is booming, companies like Apple and Google are finding it hard to maintain their positions. The two tech giants plan to partner in developing contact tracing technology that would aid in controlling the spread of the virus.More news: 'We’re not closing our country' if hit by second coronavirus wave
Meanwhile software developers from eight European Union countries are reportedly working on a new app that complies with European Union regulation, using bluetooth technology to monitor an individual's risk of exposure to the coronavirus. The rollout of this digital contact tracing is bound to take place over the next several months but the move has raised concerns around user privacy and security. So, Apple, in collaboration with Google, will launch "a comprehensive solution" for contact tracing.
The first phase will make it available through an API, which government health agencies can use in their apps starting mid-May.
Google confirmed that a COVID-19 Tracker is now available on Android phones and other mobile devices via Google Play.More news: IOS 13.5 launched - All the details
The development of Covid-19 apps aims at assisting countries with lifting their lockdown measures through tracking and alerting people who have been in proximity for a certain duration to an infected person, in order to get tested or to self-isolate.
An illustration of how and when users will receive a notification from the system. And through these directions, the users will know if they should just watch for their symptoms, self-quarantine, or seek immediate testing.
The capability is set to be built across billions of Android and iOS devices, and now, Google has provided insight into how that's going to happen, at least on its side. Google is prohibited from releasing the software to Huawei which means that the contact tracing system can not be applied.More news: New York Governor Cuomo Permits Resumption of Religious Gatherings, With Strict Restrictions
And again, transparency, privacy, and consent remain the most crucial factor while trying to save the world.