COVID-19: Google and Apple set to launch a joint contact-tracing system for iOS and Android.

The two big companies in tech, Google and Apple have unveiled a joint initiative on Friday to develop a coronavirus smartphone “contact tracing” tool that would alert users when they have close contact with an infected person.

The joint initiative would allow applications enabling smartphones powered by Apple software and Google-backed Android operating system to share information with a joint “opt in system” using the Bluetooth wireless technology.

The move has brought together the largest duo in mobile operating systems in order to use smartphone location technology to track and prospectivelg contain the widespread of this pandemic.

In an official statement issued by both companies: “All of us at Apple and Google believe there has never been a more important moment to work together to solve one of the world’s most pressing problems”

However, this move may come with a price of privacy and civil liberty related issues. Thus, they are working on how to minimize this before the scheduled release date next month.