Google and Apple announced few days ago its intention to collaborate to create a technological solution that would allow to track the sick of coronavirus to slow the spread of the disease. The association of these two companies allow you to use the vast majority of mobile phones in the world as beacons of follow-up.
Today we learned some more details of the plan, which will have as a strong point in Android to the Google Play Store.
Android updates through the Play Store
Google changed the way you upgrade your operating system to not force users to download a full firmware to improve minor aspects. Instead, he began to use the app store as a repository for system updates.
This is the strategy that will be followed in this case, with new features and APIs that will come to our mobile using an installation from the Play Store. But there are two problems.
New solution from Google to the fragmentation in Android: Project MainlineGoogle gives a twist to your system updates in Android with Project Mainline, division of components into modules to be updated by the Play Store.
The first is that the mobile compatible will be those who use Android 6 or higher. According to the report of fragmentation of a few days, more than 15% of the users of the Play Store have a version incompatible with this function, one out of every six.
In addition, the use of the Google store leave out all the Android phones used in China and from a year ago to all the models of Huawei globally.
The company has stated that it will create a framework to support your solution with all these problems and that will give you access to any firm that wants to implement it. Yes, will be in the hands of these companies use it or not, as the chinese government will be able to decide if it is or not mandatory to install it in the mobile phones sold in your country.
It is not clear if this new solution to fight against the coronavirus will be the owner of Google or open source, but we will know more in the coming weeks.
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