COVID-19 Posts on XDA

The Honor Play 4 can take your temperature with an infrared camera

Technology is always evolving to meet the needs of the public. Sometimes it evolves in ways we never could have predicted, and old technology gets re-purposed for new and clever uses. Infrared cameras on smartphones aren't new, but the Honor Play 4 is using the technology in a very pertinent way. Honor posted a video on...

Google’s new AR tool helps you keep 6 feet apart in accordance with COVID-19 social distancing guidelines

There's no denying that COVID-19 has fundamentally changed how we go about our daily lives. The health advisories issued in light of the pandemic necessitate social distancing, and such practices need to be ingrained deeply into our way of living, at least for the near future. But this change has been sudden, and people need...

COVID-19 Contact Tracing apps: India’s Aarogya Setu goes open source, while Switzerland and Italy test Google/Apple’s Exposure Notification API

The novel coronavirus, also known as SARS-CoV-2, has wreaked havoc across the world. A few nations have managed to control the spread of the virus, but many others have struggled and are still trying their best to contain it. One of the strategies being tested for its containment is contact tracing, ie. tracing all the...

[Update 6: API Live] Google and Apple announce the Contact Tracing API and Bluetooth spec to warn users of COVID-19

Due to the ongoing threat posed by SARS-CoV-2, Google and Apple have teamed up to announce a new API and Bluetooth Low Energy specification called "Contact Tracing." The idea behind contact tracing is to inform users if they've recently been in contact with someone who has been positively diagnosed with COVID-19. South Korea and Taiwan...

[Update: Still Happening] Coronavirus affects another big tech event: IFA 2020

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has infected over 2 million people worldwide and has brought many countries to a complete standstill. The pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on industries globally, with several companies in the technology sector being forced to delay launches indefinitely and cancel all live events, including major tech events like MWC 2020...

Android SVP apologizes after Google Play erroneously removed Podcast Addict for showing COVID-19 content

In a bid to curb the spread of misinformation during these trying times, several tech giants banded together earlier this year to provide users with actual, verified facts about the COVID-19 situation and take down any misleading information from their respective platforms. Google, being Google, automated this process and the results have been quite undesirable...

Global smartphone and tablet sales predictably tanked in Q1 2020 due to COVID-19

It's no secret that smartphone and tablet sales are on the decline due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The situation has forced fewer smartphones to be made, planned product launches to be scaled back or delayed, and fewer people to go out and buy devices. Thanks to recently released Q1 2020 sales data, we now...

Huami is making an N95 mask that doesn’t interfere with face unlock on smartphones

In many countries around the world, there's a culture of mask-wearing when you're sick to prevent spreading the illness to others. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there are now many, many more people wearing face masks, especially in Western countries. Earlier this month, the U.S. CDC started to recommend that all individuals wear cloth face...

Samsung launches a handwashing app for Galaxy watches

Proper handwashing techniques have received a lot of attention in recent months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The simple act of washing your hands plays an important role in preventing the spread of the virus. Hot on the heels of Google's handwashing timer for Wear OS, Samsung is doing its part and releasing a similar...

[Update: Live] Niantic considers adding options to explore and raid from home in Pokémon GO

Pokémon GO began its journey in July 2016, building upon Niantic's Ingress and the infrastructure the game put in place. Much like Ingress, Pokémon GO focused on exploring real-world locations to play the game. The initial response to the game was historic, as it fundamentally changed how geolocation-based games, as well as AR-based genres, are...

Google Clock app adds a handwashing timer to Wear OS smartwatches

One of the basic sanitation practices that have received a lot of attention during the COVID-19 pandemic is handwashing. Properly washing your hands can prevent the SARS-CoV-2 virus from entering your body, especially because people tend to touch their faces and other dirty objects a bunch. Now, in order to get users to properly and...

[Update: Also on Assistant Phone Line] Google to surface locations of food and night shelters across Maps, Search and Assistant in Indian cities

On March 25th, a 21-day lockdown commenced in India as a preventive measure against COVID-19. While this measure ensures safety for the majority of the Indian population, all commercial activity has also come to halt abruptly. The closure has led to the efflux of migrant and daily-wage workers from bigger cities, where they work, to...