Google preps Digital Car Key support with latest Play services update

In March this year, Google formed the Android Ready SE Alliance to drive the adoption of digital keys and driver’s licenses. At I/O 2021 in May, Google then announced that it was adding Digital Car Key support in Android 12 to help you unlock your car with your phone. While the company gave us a brief overview of the feature during the event, we haven’t seen any mentions of it in Android 12 beta releases so far. But that might change soon.
An APK teardown can often predict features that may arrive in a future update of an application, but it is possible that any of the features we mention here may not make it in a future release. This is because these features are currently unimplemented in the live build and may be pulled at any time by the developers in a future build.

The latest Google Play Services update (v21.39.15) includes several new strings related to the Digital Car Key feature. This leads us to believe that Google might release the feature when it starts rolling out Andr…

Written By: Pranob Mehrotra

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