Google says it is working quickly to investigate issues with Android apps that use the Android exposure notification system to track the spread of COVID-19. An unknown problem causes applications to take longer or perform regular exposure checks. The NHS COVID-19 application, which is used throughout England and Wales, is affected by this Android issue, with a boot notification stuck in the notification area for many users.
“We are aware of an issue affecting Android apps developed using the Android Exposure Notification System,” a Google spokesman said in a statement to On the edge. “Our engineers are investigating the problem.”
We understand that Google is working urgently to identify the source of these issues and correct them as soon as possible. These issues affect all apps around the world that use the Android exposure notification system.
More than 10 million people in England and Wales downloaded the NHS COVID-19 app in September, but it is not clear how many total downloads have been made to date or the division between iOS and Android.
Google first introduced its coronavirus tracking system for Android in April 2020. The app uses Bluetooth for anonymous data streaming and helps activate tracking and tracking programs around the world.