For those of you not familiar with the Moto Skip, it is a tiny accessory that Motorola unveiled last year along with the Moto X. The device was designed to help you unlock your phone by bypassing the PIN or pattern lock and using the Skip feature for unlocking the device. Moto X users may have got the device for free as a promotional offer, but the Moto Skip isn’t exactly the most trendy accessory around and is quite dated by current standards. Motorola isn’t finished with the product though as we expect the next iteration of the device to land on Stores soon.
Next Gen Moto Skip Features
The next gen Moto Skip will forego the NFC technology in favor of Bluetooth. It won’t be a clip-on like its predecessor either, but rather a key fob. Users will be able to bypass the lockscreen password when the device is within close proximity. What’s more, the Moto Skip can also help locate your missing phone. The Moto Skip’s ring feature is quite similar to what the Android Device Manager does with its “ring” feature to locate a missing phone. If you press the button on the Moto Skip, it will ring up your phone, making it easier to find it.
And just like the Nokia Treasure tag, you can attach the Moto Skip to your keys and should that go missing, you can use a special app on your smartphone to ring up the Moto Skip to find your keys. The app will also be able to pull up Skip’s last known location giving you an idea where to look for it, should you go out of range.
The Moto Skip however is expected to work only with Motorola phones. Pricing and availability are not available yet, but expectations are that it will retail at the same price as the first gen Skip, around $20. As far as the availability is concerned, we could see the Moto Skip as early as next week along with the launch of the Moto X+1 and Moto G2.