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This is the New Motorola Skip, a Full-Blown Key Fob That Keeps Your Phone Unlocked When Near

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Last year, along with the launch of the Moto X, Motorola introduced an accessory called the Skip (our review). The Skip was an attachable NFC clip that would allow you to skip the unlock PIN or pattern on your device with a simple touch. It really only had that one use. Motorola handed out the Skip for free to those who placed early Moto X orders, but it later retailed for around $20 (now $10).

As a follow-up, Motorola is on the verge of releasing a new version of the Skip, this time in the form of a Bluetooth-equipped key fob that has more uses than tap-to-unlock via NFC. 

The new Motorola Skip has three major uses, according to its user manual. First, the key fob can be used to find your keys, should you attach it to your key ring. Using a companion app on your phone that pairs to the Skip via Bluetooth, you can touch a button that will make the Skip beep or even bring up its last known location via map. Second, the new Skip can also be used in the other direction, to find your phone through a double tap on the Skip’s lone button.

Finally, if you have the Skip paired to your phone and lying nearby, it will allow you to quickly unlock your phone by bypassing a pattern or PIN. If you leave the new Skip behind, your phone should then return to its locked state. The idea is that when you are in a secure area with your keys around, you shouldn’t need to enter a pattern or PIN every time you want to use your phone. But let’s say you leave your phone behind some where without the Skip, your device will lock back down.

No information has been made available in terms of pricing or availability. If I were a betting man, I would bet that we will see this new Skip by September 4, when Motorola unveils the new Moto X and Moto G.

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  • jimmyf101

    I see this was not released on Sept 4th like it was anticipated. What gives?

  • Ramshambo2001

    Is this thing ever coming out?

  • Fooer

    Far too bulky compared to the old clip. I don’t need any of these new features, so the older one is a clear winner for me. Hate bulk in my pockets.

  • Brandon Rosonina

    why not just build in a finger print scanner?

  • creed

    I only read the first paragraph and thought, hmmm, you could do the same thing with tasker for 6 or 7 bucks, plus a whole lot more. No thanks motorola.

  • RonD

    I already do this with a Moto X and HTC fetch. I hope the Motorola hardware is better than HTC ‘s. HTC fetch loses contact with the battery and disconnects frequently. It isn’t sealed and gets pocket lint in it and doesn’t work. As soon as it’s available I will pitch the Fetch.

  • Dave

    I’d imagine with a 360 and this running Bluetooth, you never be able to get thru a long day on a battery charge from the phone?

    • BeejRich

      And a Bluetooth headset…

      • Adam Elghor

        And playing music in your car over Bluetooth…

  • djab

    Won’t my Moto 360 allow me to do some of this?

    • http://gplus.to/bdbplatano M.e.Puente

      I will be built-in when Android L comes but yes, there are apps like Wear Aware that do the same thing (minus the ‘I lost my keys feature’).

  • Blue Sun

    Seems like an interesting device. Too bad Motorola pulled a Samsung and limited proximity lock features to Motorola devices only.

    • guesswhat

      motorola built the system software and app needed to keep your device unlocked with some trusted Bluetooth devices, why would something like be available to products other than moto.

      • Blue Sun

        There are other devices on the market that are open to multiple smartphone manufacturers.

  • http://blog.jestermx6.com/ George Fayad

    Aside from finding your keys, this seems like a redundant purchase for anyone buying a Moto 360. But for the rest of the moto users it could be pretty useful. Much better than the 1g skip.

  • XvierX

    Will this work with the nexus x?

    • grumpyfuzz

      I don’t think anyone knows for sure about that, especially at this time. It would be cool to see though

  • Firelight

    If you use a Pebble or Android Wear – you can use that as a trusted device and don’t need the Skip. For any phone running Kit Kat or better.

  • http://www.androidanthem.com/ BaldyPal

    I would start using a security lock on my phone if i had something like this. I don’t now because of how tedious it is to unlock and use active notifications at the same time.

  • Synacks

    I agree that this thing will be extremely useful, but let’s all be honest here, this thing could and should be smaller or slimmer. Quit giving the skinny jeans folks a hard time. Not everyone wears size 40 JNCO’s with the carrying capacity of thirteen 2 liter Coca Cola bottles.

    • arthuruscg

      quit wearing your friend zone girl’s pants

    • ROND

      If it’s like the HTC FETCH it uses a 2032 watch battery. That’s the reason for the size. The Fetch is actually had on batteries as is a non rechargeable always on Bluetooth device.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    The “moto app” is interesting. I wonder if they bringing the experience to other.

  • jimmyf101

    I’ve been locking my phone as of lately and have been puzzled as to why it cannot unlock itself when GPS shows it at my home? That could be put into software but now there is this!

    • sirmeili

      I’m surprised that Moto doesn’t add this to MotoAssist which does certain things (like read out text messages and announce phone calls) when you’re at home.

      • jimmyf101

        Have you noticed that if MotoAssist reads a text to you, it still shows the text icon at the top of the status bar?. It’s still there even if I send a reply text. That bugs me!

      • Austin

        Moto does already have a “trusted devices” setting for bluetooth on the latest phones. It allows you phone to remain unlocked (after being unlocked once) when connected to a list of user designated trusted bluetooth devices. I use it all the time for things like keeping by phone unlocked when I’m in the car, which automatically reconnects to my phone every time I start it. Once the Moto 360 is out, I anticipate uses it is a “trusted device” as well.

        • jimmyf101

          Thanks Austin but, I don’t have any Bluetooth devices at home running. Darn.

        • sirmeili

          So do you have to unlock it once every time it reconnects to your car or did you only have to do it the first time it was connected?

          • Austin

            If your phone is already unlock when it connects, then it will stay unlocked. If it was locked when it connected, you have to unlock it the 1st time. I.E. it won’t auto-unlock upon connecting, but stays unlocked if connected to a trusted device. Once you pair to a new bluetooth device for the 1st time, your phone asks if you would like to make it a “trusted device”.

  • Tomek G

    It would be nice if it could work with restrictive policies.
    My company requires specific lock settings (and password is only allowed method).
    Would be nice to have ability to unlock phone by presence within certain time duration.

  • morpheus282

    If the unlock function worked with my S4 I’d buy one on the launch date, no questions asked.

  • BlackMaGiC1o0

    Is this a NFC chip or a damn Tamagotchi? lol

    • Finire

      Neither… It’s a Bluetooth fob

      • narg

        Yeah, and being BT it should be 1/4 the size it is.

      • BlackMaGiC1o0

        I guess sarcasm doesn’t exist in your vocabulary.

    • tdurden64111

      Nice call on the Tamagotchi.

  • calculatorwatch

    This is a much better idea than the original skip or that weird wrist sticker thing. Good job Moto!

  • hoosiercub88

    I had my original Skip for less than 24 hours before I managed to lose the damn little thing.. this will be nice. I think the unlock when connected to a trusted device features should be part of vanilla Android. I realize there are applications that emulate this on any device, like Skiplock, but this is one of my favorite features. I love getting into my Lexus, starting to drive and having Spotify automatically start playing and I don’t have to unlock my device to change songs or anything. The Moto X save for battery life, has been the best Android device experience I’ve had since my original HTC Incredible.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dsilinski Darren

    On the Moto X (and presumably the X+1), you can do this with any Bluetooth device. For example, I have my car set as a “trusted device” so whenever it’s connected to it via Bluetooth it bypasses the lockscreen. I assume you’ll be able to do the same with the Moto 360 and other smartwatches as well.

  • Patrick Crumpler

    Hmm, the key finder is enough for me. The unlocking the phone is a bonus. Probably the be Moto X over the Nexus at this point. Will find out soon enough.

  • Jeremy Gross

    this makes more sense than attaching a clip everyday to my torusers

    • Daistaar

      Are you a in Custodial Services? Or in inmate control?

  • Cael

    I’d buy it (or get it for free like I did with last years skip… I’ll more than likely go this route)

  • AndrewScottRox

    Do they call it a skip because it cuts out steps to unlock? Seems like it’s more a workaround.

  • Bob G

    What if you forgot where you left your phone AND keys at?

    Where’s the doohickey for that?!

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      you pray you left your gps on and get to adm

      • hkklife

        I lose and misplace keys FAR more frequently than I do my phone!

  • https://www.heartbleedbug.com/ Intellectua1

    Where was Motorola a couple years ago when they mattered?? For a company that’s on its way out the door they sure are churning out alot of products.

    • sirmeili

      There are lots of companies that ebb and flow like that. Look at Apple. There were plenty of times they were “on their way out the door” as a company. Stuff like what Motorola is doing now is what can help them come out of their run, IMHO.

  • Cesar

    Do want!

  • David H.

    doesn’t pretty much any bluetooth device already offer the bypass functionality?
    i use my headphones and watch. if either of them is present, i don’t need a password already.

    the only thing i see that’s interesting really is the “find my phone” though a smart watch already does that.. sooo maybe the other way round.. find my keys.

    • thewafflehouse

      Only on Moto Devices actually. This accomplishes also key finding so if you have your phone, you can find your keys and vice versa. Pretty much what you already have on your Moto Device with Trusted Bluetooth, but a bit more developed.

  • Jérôme Besnard

    After buying the moto x+1 for myself and my wife, I will get her the skip as well. She’s always looking for her phone or keys.

    • Higher_Ground

      honestly that’s the best part about it for me, even though I don’t really lose them that often.

  • mcdonsco

    Dont think I would want to leave my phone unlocked…can you say “pocket”?

    As it is I have to have a pattern lock just to keep it from doing stuff in my pocket (swipe to unlock doesn’t work, still does its own thing).

  • Corey Foltman

    my only issue with products like this is the radius they let you bypass security. the devices should be within 5feet of eachother.

    • sirmeili

      The new Bluetooth version I believe does “distance” (roughly) so you can accomplish this to a certain degree. I’m not sure if the new skip will utilize this, but I know some of the other bluetooth tags handle distance.

      • Corey Foltman

        good to know. before i was like, so if im in a crowded bar, someone can take my phone and use it because they are within 30 feet of me.

  • Anthony Tyson

    Looks massive.

    • NexusPhan

      Its not at all.

      • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

        Why would you place it right in the middle of a yard stick, and not starting at 1? Besides, 1.5″ is fairly large, especially since it’s a triangle.

        • NexusPhan

          Right? Freakin FCC.

        • samsungfan

          it’s cm not “

          • Fooer

            It’s about from 29.5″ to 31″ – 1.5″, or ~4cm. Hard to tell by that photo.

      • Suicide_Note

        Looks to be about the size of a guitar pick, I think.

      • Rashad

        Doesn’t look thick at all. About as thick as that ruler. I’d buy it. Hopefully it will be free with a moto x+1 purchase

  • Hobie Helbich

    im very intrigued… hmm.

  • Bman4000

    I just dont understand the need….

    • Nathan Borup

      For those required to have security measures on their phones, it could be very useful. For instance, my job requires a 6 digit pin. Would be nice not to have to put that in when I am near, but it would be nice for my phone to lock when I am not near

      • PoisonApple31

        But will the Skip override that security policy, or is this only for those that choose to have a pin? I’m in your boat.

        • Suicide_Note

          It’s up to the admin to set that up.

        • Nathan Borup

          My current policy that enforces the 6 digit pin is unable to be overridden by the skip, however the previous 4 digit pin policy was able to be overridden. I believe it is up to the admin

      • Bman4000

        Ahh thanks, a perfect example of why it would be needed. Thank you for shedding light on it.

    • narg

      That’s OK, there’s devices for folks of your intelligence….

      • Bman4000

        You should probably take a little break from the internet if my ignorance on a subject gets you all raged up. I wish you the best of luck.

  • imnotmikal

    Keep my phone unlocked and help me find my keys? I’m sold.

    Although, can it be used with non-Moto phones?

    • NexusPhan

      Yes it can. Just not to bypass a pin lock but you can easily create a tasked profile for that to work.

  • Implantsrule

    Can this be implanted under the skin? I didn’t see any mention of this in the user manual.

  • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

    It’s a cool idea, but this thing is just way too large.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Yep. Rather have a Trakr Bravo.

    • NexusPhan

      Really? I thought it was tiny. I’m very impressed.
      Annnnnd of course the photo didn’t load. Its only a inch wide. Any smaller and I’d lose it just taking it out of the box.

      • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

        Looking at the photo someone posted below, it’s 1.5″ or so wide. A 1.5″ thick triangle in my pocket it something I’d consider large. Even a couple quarters in my pocket is annoying.

        • NexusPhan

          Really? My key fob is 3″ by 1.5″ by .5″. I’d say this is pretty tiny. I’m getting one assuming its priced reasonably.

        • ty

          Probably should change out of those skinny jeans then.

          • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

            I wear cargo shorts and loose jeans, you hipster.

        • Patrick Crumpler

          Regular keys are bigger. Especially if you own a car. This is nothing. Change goes in the console. Lol

          • DanSan

            Keys are never in my pocket. hang on my belt loop. if the size is correct thats absolutely nothing and should be very easy to keep in your pocket, unless you’re wearing skinny jeans. I mean come on, i have my gun stuffed down the inside of my waist band everyday, i think a little triangle won’t kill you on space and comfortability

          • Gr8Ray

            Keys hanging on your belt loop? Are you a janitor?

            …sorry, custodian?

          • DanSan

            No. i rather not have keys in my front pockets jabbing and poking at me and wasting space. they are on a carabiner which I tuck into my back pocket so they arent flapping around while i walk.

          • Tony

            This is exactly what I do. I also have a small knife built into my carabiner, which has come in handy many times.

          • DanSan

            my knife is tucked into my front right pocket along with my phone. flashlight is in front left, along with my wallet.

          • Dave

            Never been a fan of storing a knife two inches from my Wang….the possibilities are disastrous. Haha…

          • DanSan

            Lol the knife is the least of my concern. Especially when I have a loaded gun tucked behind my back lol

        • Mud Butter

          “Even a couple quarters in my pocket is annoying.”

          Have you sought help? I’d guess mild-to-moderate OCD, but honestly, it could be any number of things (including the skinny-jeans joke). A few quarters on ones pocket would usually not even register on the minds of most folks. If this kind of thing bothers you to any degree that changes how you make decisions; I’d advise looking into it.

          Yeah, I know; I’m just an anonymous internet dweller, but still; That’s not functionally “normal”. (And no; I am not trying to insult you)

          • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

            I keep my key ring as sparse as possible, only keeping on there what I absolutely need. A large triangle that keeps lazy people from having to enter in their PIN is not high on my list of things I need in my pocket all day long.

        • MistaButters

          I hate having things in my pocket as well. I wish everything could just be baked into my phone so I wouldn’t have to carry keys or a car fob.

    • https://www.heartbleedbug.com/ Intellectua1

      Like having another car key fob in your pocket.

    • KingofPing

      Cool idea that Google is implementing into L according to reports. Ability to change the security based on location, device-presence and probably a few other things.

      Skip may be useful for folks who don’t get L when it comes out, but the lucky among us won’t need it at all.

      • thewafflehouse

        Skip will be useful for those who do get L as well, but don’t have a constantly connected bluetooth device. You have your keys on you, someone grabs your phone and runs (If you don’t have a smartwatch or bluetooth headset) your phone won’t autolock. The Lock is not based off location, but off Bluetooth actually (don’t think WiFi either).

        • Chris Hughes

          Where do you live that people grab your phone an run?

          • thewafflehouse

            In the City. I’ve seen it happen a couple times in DC and about 20 times over the past 2 years in NYC. You also have the risk of pickpockets as well. At the end of the day, there are use cases for such, just because you may not find one doesn’t mean there isn’t a value.

          • DanSan

            have you not been to any major city?

          • Chris Hughes

            I live in Seattle. I’ve heard of phones being stolen (out of a locker or whatever) or left behind. But never just someone grabbing a phone and running off.

            I’m also a 6’5″ athlete – so maybe people are less inclined to try and rip my phone out of my hand and run.

          • Mickey A Valentine

            Green line off the 105 in South Cali. Train doors opened and out he ran. Little black boy stole my phone twice, went to same McDonalds and dumped the Sim in the same toilet. Of course he got caught the second time.

          • Asmodai

            While I’ve never had it happen to me personally based off of news reports it’s pretty common on the D.C. Metro.

          • Scott Tucker

            Where do you live that they don’t?

        • Krazonite

          L will support bluetooth, but also location – as I understand it.

          Of course, walking down the street isn’t a location I would set as “secure”. Work however, wouldn’t be an issue (
          I really hope people aren’t grabbing phones where you work?)

          We’ll have to see when L hits.

          But hey, Skip does have one feature L never will: The ability to find your keys. So…there’s that. :)

          • thewafflehouse

            Ah yes, there is location, forgot about the fact that there is the geofencing aspect to it. I like to avoid that if possible myself and stick with secure bluetooth. That way if I leave my phone in my building’s gym, I know it’s locked at that point. To an extent there can be a use case for location, but since I didn’t have much of a use for it, I forgot about it.

    • sc0rch3d

      I don’t have big enough pants either….oh wait, you meant… nevermind….

  • motox2

    MOTO TIME! I just hope people don’t get hung up over unnecessary minute details.
    Oh no, the color is the wrong shade of black, etc.

  • Godzilla

    I still dont see the value of these. How hard is it to swipe to unlock?

    • asdf

      This isn’t for swiping to unlock, this is a completely different use case. It’s so you won’t have to enter your password, especially if it’s complex, every time you unlock your phone.

    • TheBigNoob

      Depends, If you’re using an outlook server for work or the like (such as myself), depending on your Administrator, he or she might create a policy forcing you into using a PIN, which this would be a great way of avoiding that annoyance.

      • Nathan Borup

        Yeah, no joke. I have to use a 6 digit pin :(

        • DanSan

          Ever try using an xposed module to break that security check?

          • Nathan Borup

            No…lol yeah. It works for me, but for a friend of mine it doesn’t

      • imnotmikal

        Would this allow you to skip that? I would think something with a forced security pin would be unskipable

        • TheBigNoob

          The old skip did, I can only assume this would.

        • Nathan Borup

          It depends on what settings the administrator enables. My 6 digit one is actually unskipable, but the 4 digit or pattern used to be skipable

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          So long as the Skip app is listed as a device admin, it should be able to temporarily disable the pattern/PIN. I know Trusted Bluetooth is actually baked into the OS on Motorolas, so it supercedes the device admin’s locks, unless the admin specifically disallows that to occur.

      • JBartcaps

        I’m forced to use a PIN but I don’t and can still access my emails :)

    • tdurden64111

      Idk, ask my uncle Jerry, who lost both his hands, as well as a lot of good men, in Danang.

    • Suralin

      It’s for people who keep their phones password-protected. This isn’t for people who don’t care about phone security, but for those that do, it’s a great way to keep your phone protected when you aren’t around, and easily accessible when are you.

    • sirmeili

      I think the point is that when you have your phone you don’t have to, but when your phone and keys are not near each other your phone locks with a security likely better than “swipe to unlock”. For isntance my fiance last week left her phone at the gas station getting coffee. She doesn’t have any security. I was able to use ADM to lock the phone remotely, but service was shotty in that place and there was a chance it didn’t take. With this, no need to worry about it: you leave your phone behind, it locks it.

      That being said, what I would really like is if when your keys are near you can have slide to unlock, but if you leave your phone behind, a more secure unlock kicks in. I hate not having some kind of unlock screen on my phone.

  • turdbogls

    why didn’t they just make one that clips around a generic key? I’ve seen em before (obviously not electronic like this one) but this is just another thing I DONT want dangling from my key ring.

    • Suicide_Note

      Then don’t buy it. Problem solved.

      • narg

        troublemaker…

    • koopadoop

      I don’t have a generic key, BRZs with keyless entry/start are just a rectangle fob with a valet key inside it. Keyless is the future bro (even homes have it now).

      • turdbogls

        I know, but the majority of people out there still have a home key. I am in the same boat as you are, I have my one keyless fob for my car, and thats it. but, if i had more than the one key on me at all times, it would make sense to just snap this around it.