Coronavirus Covid-19: A brief look at who is detected in the Apple and Google Mobility Reports

Introduction

As many people know, Google and Apple have published mobility data to help with beating the Covid-19 pandemic.

Google Covid-19 Mobility data is obviously Android users and Apple Coronavirus/Covid-19  mobility data  IOS  users. So  the data is in that sense determined by the type of personality that uses each OS and how they care about privacy.

There is also Apple data.
https://www.apple.com/covid19/mobility

Ie in London, Manchester, Newcastle etc this could be partly compared

city Nottingham driving England United Kingdom 100 101.77 102.91 100.43 110.77 101.49 93.54 98.53 106.13 110.32 100.56 113.45 104.77 88.8 97.55 103.56 110.1 100.21 111.91 110.6 90.09 97.09 107.5 108.37 127.72 212.85 135.75 110.43 223.05 157.85 150.8 125.34 133.92 117.57 106.52 124.12 139.72 135.31 120.4 126.13 125.75 93.8 115.98 114.35 116.79 111.03 126.47 115.46 94.24 108.33 111.92 116.98 112.87 128.68 113.6 92 109.64 107.18 108.92 96.84 102.97 94 74.82 80.22 71.65 68.32 66.17 68.41 52.04 41.34 49.39 35.07 32.16 32.11 34.92 27.79 22.67 29.61 30.68 30.27 31.44 35.15 30.45 24.43 31.92 32.41 33.55 35.37 31.92 28.64 22.89 26.37 35.54 35.94 37.33 39.99 32.7 28.84 35.9 38.17 38.18 37.68 42.1 35.4 29.4 37.76 38.26 39.42 40.24 44.69 39.92 31.8 40.05 42.8 43.8 44.93 39.98 39.25 32.35 49.27 53.03 58.72 53.15 46.57 55.7 57.68 59.12 60.45 66.01 59.07 49.88
city Nottingham transit England United Kingdom 100 105.99 110.98 108.86 104.42 100 93.99 105.3 115.16 118.63 108.03 117.16 99.74 97.24 104.23 112.71 128.45 111.36 115.26 108.22 94.2 111.62 118.23 120.6 113.14 166.85 122.43 103.4 151.28 129.16 132.7 111.74 127.07 111.19 93.63 112.1 117.02 129.78 113.95 120.13 125.86 93.32 110.65 114.66 121.2 113.17 124.24 103.11 95.65 120.53 114.42 129.66 114.85 121.79 101.92 89.59 103.59 108.03 109.24 91.21 92.92 79.8 64.45 73.91 53.87 52.85 43.99 40 30.23 27.8 29.4 19.01 20.72 17.23 18.99 14.97 16.52 16.92 19.68 18.96 18.68 15.8 14.21 14.62 17.73 18.06 16.94 17.25 17.82 16.54 15.52 15.73 18.94 18.96 19.11 17.23 15.64 15.92 19.51 18.49 18.94 17.35 16.83 15.61 16.04 18.7 18.18 15.66 18.11 20.18 15.68 16.83 17.3 20.87 19.84 21.01 16.47 17.11 16.47 20.2 21.06 21.6 18.58 18.92 22.58 25.95 22.43 23.84 22.86 22.22 20.65
city Nottingham walking England United Kingdom 100 99.67 121.01 106.95 140.5 157.69 109.7 105.26 128.56 131.16 114.9 160.63 177.39 96.51 109.23 113.28 133.27 108.6 152.34 208.46 94.72 101.9 122.5 137.49 118.58 211.45 216.89 83.67 147.92 130.17 138.21 140.05 180.26 210.54 91.44 112.9 118.74 141.1 128.13 159.78 215.18 89.97 98.67 108.32 125.93 108.47 148.05 186.71 95.03 111.07 111.18 129.54 108.39 169.32 198.73 90.57 103.84 102.4 117.79 98.48 132.23 151.82 65.45 80.12 67.1 59.94 54.31 59.18 44.15 33.28 40.43 31.41 32.8 33.35 34.86 28.26 23.89 27.46 30.47 30.77 32.01 33.89 33.51 27.24 30.99 35.78 35.53 35.48 36.12 33.03 26.04 26.59 36.63 40.45 39.45 38.96 31.18 31.81 37.43 35.95 37.83 39.62 41.7 39.04 30.73 34.65 29.48 32.78 34.23 38.75 39.34 29.28 36.33 37.41 40.3 43.03 40.75 41.04 27.52 44.78 45.41 48.96 47.3 38.77 44.33 52.14 50.28 49 54.91 47.02 38.65

Demography and Covid-19 mobility

There are differences in demographics in Android users vs IOS users.  So in investigating just Google data one might be measuring partially an effect of men vs women here.  Analysis just based on Google has been done here and here and in studies like this one.

Different regions obviously also have a different demographic mix. As the ONS analyses reveal there is an ethnic, gender and wealth component in who is affected worse by Covid-19.

Psychology and Covid-19 mobility

There is according to the British Psychological society a difference in personality.

Personality trait differences (not demographics) could not be found in this study

“However, they did find that women were twice more likely to own an iPhone than an Android Phone. When measuring the characteristic ‘avoidance of similarity’ which describes whether people like having the same products as others, Android Users avoided similarity more than iPhone users. Finally, iPhone users thought it was more important to have a high status phone than Android users.”

On the other hand Android users seem to be more cost aware.

Privacy and Covid-19 mobility

To be detected by Google or Apple one would need to have turned Geo-location on. While many say they  care about privacy this does not seem to be much of an issue in real life.