Mar 26, 2021 News
Google has officially confirmed the Android Ready SE Alliance technology alliance's establishment for the development and promotion of the SE security chip standard. It will enable the Android system to natively support devices with built-in security chips. Google will collaborate with some hardware makers to launch an open-source SE security interface, and program, so smart devices like mobile phones can be used as digital keys, digital currencies, car keys, e-passports, etc.
Google today also confirmed the launch of the StrongBox program, which is a universal version for applications with built-in SE security chips. The following program supports various manufacturers' hardware and is currently available from collaborating companies such as G+D, Kigen, NXP, STMicroelectronics, and Thales. StrongBox is also compatible with WearOS, embedded devices, and Android TV.
The functions that StrongBox can achieve are:
• Digital key (car, home, office)
• Car driver's license, ID card, e-passport
• Electronic wallet, digital currency
Google has previously launched a Titan M security chip, which is carried in Pixel 3/XL mobile phones. This chip is very similar to the Apple T2 security chip and is used to enhance the device's security.
Google's goal is to build such chips in smartphones, smart wearable devices, tablets, cars, and even TVs to provide safer and more convenient connection performance. Besides, Google also said that it is cooperating with the hardware encryption ecosystem to prioritize the launch of the following functions and integrate them into the Android system:
• Digital driver's license and ID card
• Electronic car key
Also, Google revealed that several Android OEM manufacturers already support the Android Ready SE feature in their products but did not disclose the manufacturer's name. Google looks forward to cooperating with more OEM manufacturers to bring new features to consumers.