RKI publishes new version of the Corona warning app: That has...

RKI publishes new version of the Corona warning app: That has...
RKI publishes new version of the Corona warning app: That has...

The update is intended to remind users after a test to report their result in the app. In addition, data synchronization is now taking place more frequently. The Robert Koch Institute is hoping for a speed advantage.

The official corona warning app of the federal government is available for download in an improved version. The current version 1.7 was released on Wednesday afternoon in the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store. With the update, the risk check can now be carried out several times a day. Up to now, the update was only done once a day. In addition, users who tested positively receive a reminder with the current version if they have not yet shared their test result.

The warning app launched by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) in June can measure whether cell phone users have come closer than about two meters for a longer period of time. If a user has tested positive and has shared this in the app, it reports to other users that they have been near an infected person.

Even more people could use the app

The application, which was developed and operated by the two German tech companies SAP and Deutsche Telekom on behalf of the RKI, has now been downloaded more than 22 million times on suitable smartphones. The number of active users is slightly below this value, as some users have uninstalled the app again or permanently deactivated the Bluetooth radio. In Germany, an estimated 53 million smartphones are actively used on which the app could run.

With the current version 1.7, users can now be informed more quickly about possible risk encounters. The multiple daily check takes place automatically according to the information of the RKI. The prerequisite for this, however, is that the smartphone is connected to the WLAN. The standard, daily risk check will continue to be carried out once a day regardless of WiFi, i.e. via the cellular network if necessary.

Many users who tested positive do not contact us

Furthermore, two hours after opening the positive test result in the app, users receive a reminder to share the result, if they have not already done so. After another four hours, a second reminder occurs if the users have not yet shared the test result. With a click on the reminder, users go directly to the function for sharing their results. The makers of the app are reacting to the fact that not all app users who tested positive have entered the result in the application and thus triggered the digital warning chain.

The version published on Wednesday is the first of a total of four updates of the Corona warning app planned by the end of 2020. In the further updates, a contact diary is to be introduced, in which the users themselves can enter who they met and when. In addition, information about the development of the pandemic is to be integrated into the app.

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