As per government sources, The Indian government’s Covid-19 tracker AAROGYA SETU APP now mandatory to set us new smartphones.
The government had requested companies to pre-install the Covid-19 tracker on telephones earlier, according to the source from the smartphone business, but this was not possible because production was halted due to the pandemic. However, once the production starts it will happen.
This will make the Aarogya Setu app an inbuilt feature on all new smartphones, that will be sold in India going forward.
The government is yet to announce any possible workaround for enabling contact tracing on feature phones, which still make for a sizeable portion of India’s mobile phones.
About Aarogya Setu App:
The Aarogya Setu app is India’s official contact tracing application, which scrolls a user’s location data from a smartphone’s geolocation sensor as well as Bluetooth, to track any possible community spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The app can keep track of documented Covid-19 patients, and also access location history to track travel history, to gauge whether healthy individuals crossed paths or got in touch with Covid-19 patients.
The Aarogya Setu app also offers an official information portal for government communication pertaining to the Covid-19 pandemic, and offers a symptom checker that allows individuals to self-assess any symptom that they may be showing to indicate possible Covid-19 infection.