Google adds support for virtual COVID-19 vaccine cards on Android devices


Google has Update The “Passes API” of its Pay application can store and display digital cards on Android in a simple way, displaying the user’s Coronavirus disease Details of testing and vaccination. The tech giant has provided healthcare organizations, government agencies, and organizations authorized by public health authorities with access to APIs to distribute COVID vaccines. This means that their developers can now easily create digital COVID vaccines and test cards that users can store on their devices.

As 9to5Google Note that Passes is a Google Pay API used to store non-payment cards such as retailer membership cards. However, if the user does not have the Pay application to store the COVID digital card created using the Passes API, there is no need to download the application. Once they have obtained the digital card, they can access it through a shortcut on the home screen even without an internet connection. In other words, their device must be running Android 5 or higher.

In order to alleviate users’ privacy concerns, Google said it will not keep copies of people’s COVID-19 vaccine and test information. The company also stated that it will not share card data with third-party services, nor will it use this information for ad targeting. Of course, users can show the card to anyone they want, although they need to have a lock screen on their device before they can store the card for their own safety. The Passes API update is currently only available in the United States, but the technology giant promised to launch it in other countries/regions in the future.

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