Google implements the fix for issues with Android contact tracking apps

Google of Alphabet Inc said Wednesday that it has implemented a fix for problems with some Android apps developed using the company’s exposure notification system that aids in COVID-19 contact tracking.

The issue caused a delay in these apps’ ability to load or conduct regular exposure checks. It may take a few hours for the devices to catch up, a Google spokesperson said, adding that the company will work directly with developers in some cases.

However, the problem did not cause any data loss, the spokesperson added. Exposure notification system, implemented by Apple Inc and Google in September, allows public health authorities to use smartphones to help trace contacts without having to create an app.

The NHS COVID-19 app, used in England and Wales for contact tracking, said its Android users were getting a notification on the loading screen and that it was working with Google to fix the problem. (https://bit.ly/39sZIvl) The issue was first reported by The Verge technology website.

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News Highlights:

  • It may take a few hours for the devices to catch up, a Google spokesperson said, adding that the company will work directly with developers in some cases. However, the problem did not cause any data loss, the spokesperson added.
  • Google implements the fix for issues with Android contact tracking apps