Dr. Jeannot Muller

Germany hopes to launch a smartphone app in the next weeks to help trace coronavirus infections.

As a developer, I was wondering how they want to achieve this BlueTooth based interaction without the collaboration of the OS engineers.

So far, so good, but I bet the below initiative and partnership of the 2 most significant players on the mobile OS market will be the prerequisite for these plans. With this collaboration in place, it now seems possible to build a useful and sustainable solution.

Though the outlook to get such an app into production the week after next seems unrealistic, as unrealistic as the dream of the German Minister of Economic Affairs that Europe should build it by itself.

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