Google Launches 'Android Ready SE Alliance' To Drive Adoption of Digital Keys, Mobile IDs

An anonymous reader quotes a report from 9to5Google:

Smartphones have already obviated single-purpose gadgets like point-and-shoot cameras and MP3 players. Google today announced the Android Ready SE Alliance to make sure new phones have the underlying hardware to eventually replace car/home keys and wallets. “Emerging user features” – digital keys, mobile driver’s license (mDL), national ID, ePassports, and eMoney solutions (wallets) – require two things. The first is tamper-resistant hardware, like the Pixel’s Titan M chip, which makes possible tamper-resistant key storage for Android apps (to store data) called StrongBox. “All these features need to run on tamper-resistant hardware to protect the integrity of the application executables and a user’s data, keys, wallet, and more,” writes Google in a blog post. “Most modern phones now include discrete tamper-resistant hardware called a Secure Element (SE).”

Google has determined that “SE offers the best path for introducing these new consumer use cases in Android.” To “accelerate adoption,” the company and partners (Giesecke+Devrient, Kigen, NXP, STMicroelectronics, and Thales) today announced the Android Ready SE Alliance. Besides phones, StrongBox is also available for Wear OS, Android Auto Embedded, and Android TV. Google says it’s currently focusing on digital car keys, mobile driver’s license, and other identity credentials, with unnamed “Android OEMs adopting Android Ready SE for their devices.”