By Stephen Nellis and Paresh Dave
(Reuters) – Apple Inc (O:) and Alphabet Inc’s (O:) Google said on Friday that they will work together to create contact tracing technology that aims to slow the spread of the coronavirus by allowing users to opt into a system that catalogs other phones they have been near.
The rare collaboration between the two Silicon Valley companies, whose operating systems power 99% of the world’s smartphones, could accelerate usage of apps that aim to get potentially infected individuals into testing or quarantine more quickly and reliably than existing systems in much of the world. Such tracing will play a vital role in managing the virus once lockdown orders end, health experts say.
The companies said they started developing the technology two weeks ago to streamline technical differences between Apple’s iPhones and Google’s…