There is a bit of good news for those who were waiting to open their door using a Bluetooth connection from their phone. The Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth-enabled deadbolt has begun shipping. These originally came available for pre-order back in late-July, however while the bit about them shipping is positive, there will be some initial disappointment for Android users.
While an Android app is coming, Kwikset only has an app ready for the iPhone. According to details provided, the "app will become available for additional platforms such as Android, pending software upgrades that will fully support Bluetooth Smart Ready/Bluetooth 4.0 technology." That being said, the lock remains priced at $219 and can be found with retailers nationwide.
Aside from the convenience of being able to unlock your door without a regular key, the Kevo will sense you as you approach. This means you will be able to unlock the door by touching the lock and without having to remove your phone from your pocket or bag. This in theory, should make it easier to get in, especially when your hands are otherwise occupied.
In addition to pairing with the mobile app on your phone, the Kevo also has fobs available for those without a smartphone. As for the mobile app, that will allow you to manage eKeys, settings for the lock and also take care of any software updates that may arrive in the future. The app also keeps track of activity by user and sends notifications when someone enters or exits the door.
SOURCE: PR Newswire