Smartphone Startups Take On Google, Apple And Put Privacy First

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Google and Apple have launched their coronavirus contact-tracing system on smartphones around the world.

This gives public health agencies, including the NHS, the option of building contact-tracing apps based on the companies' technology.

"This technology is in the hands of public health agencies across the world who will take the lead and we will continue to support their efforts," Apple and Google said.

The system, which the tech giants refer to as "exposure notifications", is being released in software updates on Apple's iPhone and Google's Android smartphones.

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Representatives for the two companies said they expected apps using the system to appear soon, as several countries were already using the technology in engineering tests.