Motorola's Phone-Unlocking Keyfob Might Be Getting Way More Useful

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Released in tandem with the Moto X last year, the Motorola Skip was a handy, if slightly silly little NFC fob that you could use to unlock your phone. According to documents posted by Droid Life, the new version will be Bluetooth enabled, making it way more useful.


According to the supposed user manual for the new little fob-like-keyring, the new Skip will unlock your phone as long as it's nearby, keeping you safe unless someone steals your keys and your phone. It also introduces some new tricks into the mix. If you lose your keys, for instance, you can use your phone to make Skip beep so you can find them.

Skip still isn't exactly a must-have, but if pricing mimics last year's model, that will help: Free with pre-orders for the device, and just $20 retail. No word on whether any of this is actually true, but the September 4th Motorola event would be a great time for this little guy to launch. [Droid Life]

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Brent Rose

I've been using the SkipLock app to sort of do this. Basically I don't have to unlock my phone if I'm on my home Wi-Fi network, or if I'm connected to a specified Bluetooth device (a smartwatch, usually). I like the keychain idea, though I'm not sure I want to worry about charging my keys.