ANDROID 12 WILL ALLOW YOU TO USE YOUR PHONE AS A REPLACEMENT FOR CAR KEYS

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Android 12 is an important part of the expectations placed in the latest edition of Google I/O, the annual conference in which the tech giant releases its main innovations.

Just as a few months ago we knew some aspects about the renewal of the design of its interface, what is newly announced by Google focuses on what happens outside of our mobile. With Android 12, you can use your phone instead of your car keys.

Before we get very excited, it is worth noting that the release of this feature is limited, at least in this first stage, to some Pixel and Samsung Galaxy devices running the new version of Android. BMW is the only car brand supported during this initial deployment, but as with smartphones, the plans envisage expanding this connectivity to more manufacturers in the future.

For its part, Samsung had already introduced a similar feature over the past year and Apple, from the other side, also integrated a similar mechanism in the same period.

This system, which in simple words allows you to use a mobile with Android 12 as a "key" to unlock a car, will use ultra-wideband (UWB) and NFC so that the vehicle can recognize the smartphone as a means of access and/or unlocking.

In Google's words, the advantage of using UWB is that it serves to replicate the same concept behind any wireless key. With this technology, it would be possible to unlock the car without even taking the phone out of your pocket. This, as long as the feature is properly enabled. As a second alternative, the NFC chip enters, which could perform the same function by closer contact.

Another interesting feature noted as an advantage by Google in its release note would be the ability to share these virtual keys with trusted acquaintances, if necessary.

In February we met the first developer version of Android 12. Although some projections point to the next quarter as a possible release date, there is no confirmed official schedule.

The news comes slowly. This one, in particular, stands out for bringing Android up to date with a feature that was already being seen elsewhere.

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