Unexpected Google Maps API Key Inclusion in Manifest?

How come if I do not specify a Google Maps API Key inside my app.json for my Android Application, Google Maps still work in Development environment and in Production environment?

Furthermore, how come inside the AndroidManifest.xml of the built android application I have these entries:
Shouldn’t there be no key at all?

By the way how come the key above is the same key as used in the following file from your github repo:

Hi @expodjt!

Expo provides the API key for this, both in the Expo client as well as standalone apps

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