25
Aug
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It looks like Motorola is prepping a revamped version of its Skip accessory in time for a Moto X successor later this year, and it's going to be called.. Skip. According to some FCC documents that someone shouldn't have published because they're apparently confidential, Skip is going to switch to a Bluetooth-powered (as opposed to NFC) design to gain some more useful functionality.

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The HTC Fetch Motorola Skip's features include finding your keys (if Skip is attached to your key ring) with your phone's Skip app, finding your phone with Skip by double-pressing Skip's power button, and acting as a proximity lock for your Motorola smartphone (this feature will not work with non-Moto devices). The Skip app, though, will be compatible with non-Motorola devices, just minus the locking feature, including the ability to see on a map where the Skip and your phone were last in range.

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The new Skip is shaped like a rounded-off triangle and includes a lanyard to attach to your keys or wherever you want to put it. The estimated battery life is "over one year" with "normal use," and Skip uses a standard CR2032 watch battery for power that can be easily replaced.

FCC via Droid-Life

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • MotDetoyr

    now i will use this if its available for a reasonable price. with 1 year battery life I am sold

  • Abhilash Bingi

    Pretty neat. I just hope they don't ask for more than $30 for this.

    Even better, just throw one in with the Moto X+1 like they do the current one.

  • http://usamaisawake.wordpress.com usamaisawake

    YES, YES, Motorola is making things helpful using tech already there. Love it. Now I'm more excited about the next Moto X.

  • Robert Ellis

    Hopefully it doesn't have an annoying notification like Cobra Tags do.

  • Brad

    I wonder if this functionality will be able to be put into the moto 360. It'd make more sense.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Well, considering $20 dongle (maybe) vs $250 watch, some people may prefer to opt for the dongle. Not that I'm saying this thing looks incredibly useful to begin with - it'd have to be damn tiny for me to want one.

      • Brad

        well, people shelling out for the watch wouldn't want a third device... I wouldn't.

        • Paul

          This is already implemented in Android Wear if I'm not mistaken. Means Moto 360 or any other Android Wear device.

          • Brad

            i guess i skimmed too fast to realize how boring this device is haha

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      Which aspects? We know the Bluetooth unlocking is going to be a standard function of Android L anyway. As far as finding either device, there are already plenty of Android Wear devices that can do that.

      • Brad

        i answered that two hours ago above haha

  • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

    Now you need to find out what Moto Aware is - since TK posted about the Moto Louge (Luge?) which features both Moto Skip and Moto Aware.....

  • Dean Politis

    I have the current Moto Skip and the biggest problem I have is I keep losing it because the magnet will attach itself to anything metal. I have found it on my car door, co-worker's metal cabinets, the corner wall in my house. It is frustrating. One good thing with it is that it is washable (I found that out unintentionally).

  • tenaku

    "...and acting as a proximity lock for your Motorola smartphone (this feature will not work with non-Moto devices)"

    Android L's 'Personal Unlocking' is supposed to work with any bluetooth device, right? If so, this should work even for non-moto phones in the near future.

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      I was going to say, since this is about to be standard in L, I don't see how they could prevent it.

    • JG

      Except not all phones will have Android L. KitKat was released almost a year ago (October 2013) and is still slightly less than a fourth of all Android devices, according to Google's Android Distribution numbers. Over half are still using one of the three Jellybean flavors - with the oldest, 4.1, being the most popular with over a fourth of all Android devices... Almost as many are using 4.2 as 4.4.

      Other than Nexus devices, pretty much the only phones that'll have L any time soon will be Moto's (assuming they maintain their kitkat update speeds).

      • tenaku

        Frankly, phones don't even make it on my radar anymore unless they are Nexus or a Moto. Those who buy anything else are likely playing a losing game of update roulette.

  • sophocles

    Would be great if it could double as my car fob

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