Some unfortunate decisions have been made about the Corona-Warn-App, the communication on the part of the app developers was often too little.

There are different views on the recently resolved problems of the Corona-Warn-App. Some say the app has always worked 100 percent, while others may overstate the problems. But if the exchange with devices of infected people didn’t work perfectly in the background, then in my opinion that’s an absolute absurdity. This should have been communicated much earlier, insofar as users could have done something themselves with device settings. In addition, various errors and problems had probably been known for weeks.

Open source should help the exchange and actually drive projects forward

The developer’s undoing is now simply the fact that, for example, the problems with the iPhone version surfaced on the Github project back in June. However, the app developers said they have only been aware of the problems for a week. Stupid when there is publicly accessible documentation in which employees were also involved. The advantage of open source is reversed here and burdens the app developers.

“Five suspected software developers from SAP also took part in the discussion. They have been chatting with other programmers on the platform since June 30 about the bug attributed to Apple. In their linked biographies, the five users pretend to be SAP employees.” – Tagesschau

When the first error reports from users arose a month ago, in the eyes of the developers these were only a few isolated cases. The background update, which does not always work smoothly, has been given a low priority. The updates for the Corona-Warn-App with corresponding fixes that were delivered a few days ago prove that this was a huge misjudgment in hindsight.

App update as an admission

The developers of the app communicated rather poorly from day one. We are always reluctant to remember the topic of the location query, which is necessary under Android for technical reasons. However, the creators of the app never really wanted to explain the background, which would have provided more transparency and trust. You certainly didn’t make mistakes on purpose, some things just went very unluckily.