The UK authorities will quickly launch a smartphone app that makes it simpler for EU residents to use to stay within the UK after Brexit—however provided that they’ve an Android cellphone, the BBC reported Thursday.
The app is a part of the federal government’s plan to get the three.5 million EU residents dwelling within the UK to use for “settled standing,” the BBC reported. The app will ask customers three questions, and have them take a selfie that might be checked in opposition to Residence Workplace information. Customers will then scan the chip on their passport to confirm their id—nevertheless, this a part of the method solely work on an Android cellphone.
Apple customers will both should borrow an Android cellphone from another person to finish their utility, or mail their passport to the UK Visa and Immigration Service as a substitute, which might take considerably longer, the BBC famous.
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Android customers make up about 50% of the UK market, with Apple taking the opposite 50%, in accordance with the BBC. Meaning about half the inhabitants might see delays for his or her purposes to be authorised. Microsoft and Blackberry working techniques, which make up lower than 1% of the full UK market, will even not be capable of scan the passport chips.
Whereas Residence Workplace officers knew that Apple gadgets wouldn’t enable the app to operate, they had been hoping that Apple would launch an replace to unravel the issue earlier than the app’s launch, the BBC reported.
Apple gadgets have included Close to Subject Communication chips, which might enable passport scanning, since 2014. Nonetheless, the corporate has restricted use of the chip to Apple Pay transactions, and has to this point declined to open it as much as third-party apps.
Apple remains to be working with the UK authorities to discover a resolution; nevertheless, it could not occur earlier than the UK leaves the EU in March, in accordance with the BBC.
UK residents will even be capable of use desktop computer systems to use for settled standing, the Residence Workplace famous, however will even should mail their passports somewhat than scanning the chip. The federal government can also be establishing pc terminals at 56 libraries across the UK to assist these with out smartphones or digital expertise apply.
The massive takeaways for tech leaders:
- The UK authorities will launch a smartphone app that makes it simpler for EU residents to use to stay within the UK after Brexit, however it’ll solely work on Android telephones.
- Non-Android customers must mail their passport in, making for an extended utility course of.