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Italian contact tracing smartphone app

Italians embrace coronavirus tracing app as privacy fears ease

Italy, the first major European country to roll out a smartphone app to trace coronavirus infections that does not rely on a centralised database, has already seen 2.2 million down...

Platform Economy: Global Smartphones and Culture

Smartphone data shows America’s cautious comeback

Data from millions of mobile phones shows varying behaviour across the United States in May as people responded to the loosening of stay-at-home orders, analysis from the news agen...

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Xiaomi gets first-quarter sales boost as smartphone demand rebounds

Xiaomi Corp reported a 13.6% rise in first-quarter revenue, beating estimates, as the Chinese smartphone maker sold more phones and benefited from sales of its higher-priced 5G mod...

Platform Industry: Apple and Google Alliance COVID-19 apps

Apple and Google to release early versions of contact tracing tool to developers

Apple and Google would release two early versions this week of their proposed technology to slow coronavirus spread to select developers for testing purposes, the companies have sa...

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Australia launches controversial COVID-19 tracking app as some states start easing rules

The Australian government has launched a controversial coronavirus tracing app and promised to legislate privacy protections around it as authorities try to get the country and the...

Platform News: Coronavirus smartphone app in the European Union EU

Germany flips to Apple-Google approach on smartphone contact tracing

Germany has changed course over which type of smartphone technology it wanted to use to trace coronavirus infections, backing an approach supported by Apple and Google along with a...

Platform News: Coronavirus smartphone app in the European Union EU

Switzerland and Austria align with ‘Gapple’ on COVID-19 contact tracing

A design for smartphone technology to trace coronavirus infections, that is in line with the approach taken by Apple and Google, is gaining momentum in Europe after winning support...

Platform Industry: COVID-19 India testing, tracking and tracing

Bluetooth phone apps for tracking coronavirus show modest early results

When Singapore launched the first smartphone app of its kind last month to identify and alert people who had interacted with carriers of the novel coronavirus, the city-state of ro...

Platform News: COVID-19 and coronavirus

European coronavirus app platform gaining traction with governments

A European technology platform to support smartphone apps that can help trace people at risk of infection by the new coronavirus is gaining support from governments, one of its pri...

Platform News: Coronavirus smartphone app in the European Union EU

Italy tests contact-tracing app to speed its exit from COVID-19 lockdown

Italy plans to use a contact-tracing smartphone app developed by start-up Bending Spoons to track people who test positive for the new coronavirus as part of efforts to lift its na...

Platform Industry: ongoing COVID-19 coverage, tracking and tracing

UK’s NHS working with Apple and Google on an app to track coronavirus – report

Interested to read that the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) has been working on a mobile phone app with Google and Apple that the British government hopes will help in end...

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European Union to adopt unified policy on coronavirus smartphone apps

The EU, which has been heavily criticised by media and politicians across Europe for being ‘irrelevant’ during coronavirus is drawing up common rules for using mobile a...

Japan Display

Japan Display finalises deal to raise $200 million from “an overseas customer”

Japan Display has stated that it has finalised a deal to raise $200 million from “an overseas customer,” which sources have said is Apple. 

Platform Economy: Global Smartphones and Culture

Global smartphone sales fell 14% in February as coronvirus spread – Counterpoint

Global smartphone sales tumbled 14% in February as the coronavirus spread in China and overseas, Counterpoint Research said on Thursday, a likely harbinger of more declines as outb...