Keltz wrote:...It may be an API interface today but looks like they see an opportunity to build this into the phone itself and this is being planned as phase 2 of the covid virus app work...
By definition an API is part of the operating system, it is built in. It means Application Programming Interface. It allows some one to build an App, i.e. an Application, that a user would install. The App exchanges data with the operating ssytem via one or more API's. The operating system controls what the App can and can't do through the APIs.
This particular API has very strict controls which is why some governments don't want to use it. They want to access the basic functions of the operating systems themselves so they can do things that this particular API won't allow them to do. There are other APIs that will allow them to access things like Blue Tooth so that they can be independent of the contact tracing API but those other API's limit what they can do in different ways. The operating system can access Blue Tooth directly so it can do things to Blue Tooth that an App cannot do because the Blue Tooth API won't allow them to. One possibility is that using the Apple/Google API has a very tiny effect on power consumption because the API has used Blue Tooth in clever ways while the stand alone App makes heavy power demands. That could prompt users to disable it.
It is possible that Apple and Google will develop their own App in the future but that would use their own API. Apps by definition are not built in they are installed on top of the operating system. It is true that some Apps are pre-installed by the phone builder and cannot be removed but they still sit on top of the operating system and communicate with it through APIs.
PS No good for Greece, Kamisiana. They would need a smaller hole on the other side for the frappe straw.