Motorola Skip Securely Unlocks Moto X

Device maker Motorola is in accessory mode, adding more layers of anticipation for the upcoming Moto X. Now Motorola is suggesting one more reason to feel good about Moto X with its announcement of Motorola Skip, a small wearable clip to unlock your new phone.

The idea is simple and convenient enough. Using Skip, a Moto X owner can securely unlock his phones with a tap instead of pecking out a passcode or swiping.

Only Skip and Skip dots that have been paired with your phone will unlock it, and you can easily unpair them if you lose or replace your Skip.

The device is sized as a wearable, and you clip it onto a belt loop, sleeve, or shirt hem, for example. As to color scheme, Motorola will start out with gadgets that are gray with black accent, but more colors will be available later on.

Above the Market Din

Motorola posted the announcement Friday on its official blog, which began: "Hello Skip. Goodbye PIN."

Actually, that "Goodbye Pin" message rules at Motorola. Consumers are growing deaf and bleary-eyed as smartphone vendors yell over each others' heads to flaunt competing numbers about weight, pixels and memory. Motorola aims to rise above the din with smartphone re-thinks. Number one, it is championing security but declaring war on the tedium of present-day authentication.

"Our smartphones are central to our digital lives . . . the keys to our friends, our finances, and a lot of our personal information," Motorola wrote in its blog post. "Security is increasingly important, but it shouldn't be irritating."

Motorola reckons the typical person unlocks a smartphone 39 times a day and close to 100 times a day for power users. "At 2.3 seconds each time the phone is unlocked, it adds up to a lot of time spent entering...

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