Android Ready SE

The Android Ready SE Alliance is a collaboration between Google and Secure Element (SE) vendors. The alliance was created to make discrete tamper resistant hardware backed security the lowest common denominator for the Android ecosystem. Under this alliance, Google and the SE Vendors offer a growing list of tested open-source implementations of hardware backed security applets for new and emerging use cases such as:

Hardware backed attestation for
premium apps

Secure provisioning of
Android keys

Digital keys for cars and
other automobiles

Digital keys for homes

Mobile Driving License

National IDs

Digital wallet and other

e-money solutions

OEMs that adopt Android Ready SE can produce devices that are highly secure and allow for remote updates to enable compelling new cases as they are introduced into the Android platform. Consumers will benefit from their devices being more secure and updatable with new capabilities.

A major goal of this alliance is to enable a consistent, interoperable, and demonstrably secure applets across the Android ecosystem. Validated implementations of Android Ready SE applets build even stronger trust in the Android Platform. OEMs that adopt Android Ready SE can produce devices that are more secure and allow for remote updates to enable compelling new use cases as they are introduced into the Android platform.

All of our SE partners work with us to enable these hardware and software solutions for mobile devices and the mobile ecosystem. They are committed to supporting all the current and emerging use cases and to providing updated applets as they become available. The implementations are validated through Android compliance and test programs to ensure quality and compliance.

For more information about implementation or how to get involved, contact your technical account manager.

“G+D’s participation in the Android Ready SE program is a natural extension of the work we’ve done with Google to evolve the embedded secure element market ensuring security is built in throughout the value chain.” commented Simon Wakely, Senior Vice President, Giesecke+Devrient.

“We are pleased to make our secure eSIM OS, iSIM OS, and secure personalization services available to all Android SE Alliance partners.” Vincent Korstanje, CEO at Kigen.

“Implementing NXP’s silicon-based security solutions into Android StrongBox creates a highly protected, self-contained environment for staging and executing various types of services and authentication tasks.” says Charles Dachs, GM and VP of Secure Embedded Transactions, NXP Semiconductors.

”The tamper-resistant Secure Element is becoming an ubiquitous secure solution in Android phones to ensure the highest level of protection required by use cases such as Digital Payment, Digital Keys, Mobile Identification, and Access Control,” said David Richetto, Technical Director, Secure Microcontroller Division, STMicroelectronics

“Leveraging Thales’ long-lasting expertise in embedded system security, we're excited to help broaden the adoption of tamper-resistant secure elements as roots of trust in the Android ecosystem.” says Benoit Jouffrey, Thales DIS CTO.

News and Resources

Blog Post

Read more about the Android Ready SE alliance by reading the announcment blog post.
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