A gadget that unlocks your smartphone? Most of us would call that “our fingers” but Motorola believed that having a small and nifty gadget to quickly unlock your Moto X with a tap was something that their users needed. Hence the launch of the Moto X Skip sometime last year. It didn’t really set the market ablaze with its release but it looks like it’s going to get an upgrade of sorts, with Bluetooth connectivity and some other uses rather than just to unlock the phone.
Based on an FCC filing document, the new Moto Skip would still be a clip-on gadget that you can put in your pocket or bag, but this time, instead of using NFC to connect with your smartphone, it will use Bluetooth instead. This may be to keep in line with a lot of devices that use Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), which is a power-saving feature of Bluetooth 4.0. The device also has a tiny battery since it’s always on and should be replaced at least once a year.
But more than just unlocking your phone, it can now be used for other functions as well. You can attach the Skip your car or house key ring and just in case you misplace it, you can use the app on your phone to make the Skip beep. Or if you don’t want it to make a sound, you can locate it on your map for the last detected location. Now if it’s your phone that you’ve misplaced, then you can double press the power button of the Skip so your phone will ring.
But before you get all excited, remember that this works with Motorola phones only. The new Moto Skip might just be revealed during the announcement of the new Moto X+1 during their September 4 event at the IFA in Berlin.