A few weeks back, we had reported about Google-Apple working together for the very first time to fight against COVID-19. Well, they were working on a contact-tracing API that'll enable public health authorities to build a contact-tracing app to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The Indian government, however, already has an app for that called Aarogya Setu. By now, you probably already have the app installed on the phone. If not, then be sure to head over here to learn more about it before deciding whether or not you want to download it. Sadly, that may not be a choice at this point.
Technology can help health officials rapidly tell someone they may have been exposed to COVID-19. Today the Exposure Notification API we created with @Google is available to help public health agencies make their COVID-19 apps effective while protecting user privacy.â Tim Cook (@tim_cook) May 20, 2020
The news here, however, is that Aarogya Setu is not compatible with the new contact tracing standard created by Apple and Google. What does that mean?
One of the key differences between the Aarogya Setu and the technology designed by Apple and Google is location tracking. Google and Apple's solution does not use location tracking, but Aarogya Setu does. This means, Google and Apple's API can do what Aarogya Setu does without having access to a user's location.