Sundar Pichai, chief executive of Google and Alphabet, said he was “committed” to looking for other opportunities to work with Apple beyond the two companies’ exposure notification systems. In a recent interview with Wired reporter Steven Levy, The two talked about everything from telecommuting to Apple’s contact-to-Google contact-tracking API, which was created to help stop the spread of the new corona virus.
Asked if the partnership could “open the door” to further cooperation between the two companies, Mr Pichai said he was “committed to finding other opportunities”, adding that he had received “the same feeling” from Apple CEO Tim Cook. “It’s a real lying good thing for the world that big companies work together to serve society,” Pichai told Wired.
Such close public cooperation between the two giants is not common. But a report in April detailing the development of the framework showed that google quickly joined in, although the initial work was separate. “The two teams independently began to study technology to support contact tracking in healthcare facilities. Pichai said. “Soon both sides realized that for the work to work, it had to be made available anywhere. “
Since then, both Apple and Google’s engineering teams have come into contact with each other. At some point, Mr Pichai said, he and Mr Cook decided to go straight to each another. Once the framework is finalized, the two CEOs seal it. The API was first published on April 10.
Pichai told Wired that he and Cook would “meet regularly.” He added that Google and Apple work together in many areas, and when it comes to the exposure notification framework, they think “the sum is greater than the part.” The Google executive, who has expanded some of the strong privacy protections embedded in the API, said the “opt-in” part of the framework was an important aspect.
Asked if contact tracing would not work because of the “opt-in” clause, Mr Pichai said the system would have a meaningful impact on virus mitigation even if only 10 to 20 per cent of users were involved. “We also realize that we have to provide real privacy to our users,” he said. “I think we’ve got the right balance. “
Mr Pichai also said Google was unlikely to maintain 100 per cent telecommuting. He said it was too early to say how many employees could work from home after the outbreak ended. Since March 16, employees at Google and other parts of Silicon Valley have been affected by “home orders”.