Nowadays is important to detect positive cases of covid-19. An easy way is to locate contacts of the positive cases. In this way, a set of applications were created from several companies, public institutions and research centers. As the mobile applications were appeared, some people were corcerned about the data privacy and how this data will be used in a close future. The following graphic shows the interaction with a positive non-symptomatic person and how notifing the previous contacts could help to stop the propagation process of the virus.
There are two kinds of applications when privacy is the only feature took into account: the applications that stores data inside each app and the applications that third-parties stored locations and contacts. In the last week or month, few organizations created open source or free to use frameworks to be included into our development. Some of the frameworks or apps are: Pan-European, privacy preserving proximity tracing. DP-3T, privacy preserving proximity tracing. Blue trace, partially centralized ENF, Google and Apple, decentralized The previous frameworks are the most important frameworks to fight against the covid-19. With them, several applications were created and used by the citizen arround the world.In some countries more than one application are used by the citizens. Of course, in some countries the government did not created any app or it is not ready to use already. There a some technical specifications that you can read about the above frameworks here.
Every day we use several applications made for our smartphones that allow us to have an easy life such as banking, flight information, email and many others.
In many cases there are several issues created in the development process that could be fixed in an easy way.
The simplest one is about the user inteface and the user experience.
All people are concerned in the development process about the good quality of the user interface but in some many cases the user experience is not important at all. The first important advice is: don't confuse user experience and user interface.The UX is a factory that covers all the factors between the user and the product.
There are some aspects that must be taken into considerantion in the development process:
- The app must be the most intuitive that the developers can.
- Unclear text content.
- Pay attention to the different platfoms, resolutions and OS (Android or iOS).
- Use Portrait and Landscape designs to help users.
- Avoid to simplify the numbers of steps for an action.
- Never ending scroll issue.
- Poor navigation experience