At its first Galaxy Unpacked event of the year, Samsung unveiled its flagship Galaxy S21 Serie. During the launch presentation, the company revealed that the devices would allow users to find and unlock Audi, BMW, Ford and Genesis cars. The feature is now finally rolling out for users, but while it is available on a couple of Samsung phones, it is currently only supported on one car model.
Samsung has started to implement the digital key function with the latest update for the Galaxy S21 +, Galaxy S21 Ultra, Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. The update is currently rolling out in Samsung’s home country of South Korea, but it should reach more regions in the coming days.
Samsung He says that the digital key function is compatible with the recently launched Genesis GV60 Deluxe EV. If you have one of the phones mentioned above and the new car, the digital key feature will help you lock / unlock your car and share the key safely with friends.
As shown in the attached picture, the digital key function will also allow you to start your car engine remotely. Also, the feature offers a horn button that will help you to honk your car with your phone and easily find it in a crowded parking spot.
If you are concerned about losing your digital key and therefore your car, Samsung ensures that the Digital Keys feature uses Secure Element (eSE) to protect your information and encryption keys. This means you won’t have to worry about your virtual car keys falling into the wrong hands.
Along with the aforementioned devices, Samsung plans to roll out the feature to the previous Galaxy Z Fold 2 as well. It is likely to be part of the next software update for the device, which should start rolling out in the next few days. While the feature currently works with a single car, it should be available for more models in the coming months.
It is worth noting that Google also adding support for a similar feature in Android 12. The company announced the feature at I / O 2021 earlier this year.