This little guy serves as a trusted Bluetooth device and can help track down your keys or your phone
Motorola's made quite the name for itself over the last year with a suite of phones that are just plain simple to use, bringing along with them some new features like trusted bluetooth devices that ended up being adopted into the full Android operating system.
This month Motorola rolled out the new Motorola Keylink Bluetooth fob that adds even more functionality, particularly if you've shied away from Bluetooth devices before.
Here's the deal.
The Motorola Keylink is, as the name implies, meant to live on your key ring. That doesn't mean it has to, of course. The small fob can just as easily attach to (or live in) a purse or backpack or messenger bag. Anything that you generally have with you and close. It's a Bluetooth device, which means it's powered. But you won't have to worry about charging the Keylink — it's got an included CR2032 battery tucked away in the weather-proof inside.
There's a single button (with a notification light hidden inside it) and a speaker on the underside of the Keylink. You press the button for about 4 seconds to fire it up and prepare it for syncing with your phone. You'll need the Motorola Connect app — available in Google Play — to really take advantage of things, and the good news is that it's not just available for Motorola phones, though you will need to be running at least Android 4.3 to use it.
The app adds a couple of features. First is that it will locate the last known position of the Keylink — and hopefully your keys or bag or whatever. It also lets you ping the Keylink, which will then give off a (relatively quiet) beep and flash the light. You've got to be in range for that to work, though, which makes sense, so it's only really good for finding your keys if they've disappeared in a drawer or under a couch cushion or something. Motorola says it should be good to 100 feet — we tested to about half that inside our office building.
The pinging also works in reverse. Press the Keylink button twice, and Motorola's sonar-esque "find my phone" feature beeps into action, making it easier to find a phone you've left in a pair or pants or somewhere slightly more sinister.
And finally, because this is a Bluetooth device we're working with here, you're able to add the Keylink as a trusted Bluetooth device, if your phone supports it. (Motorola was the first to bring that feature, and it's baked into Android 5.0 Lollipop.) That lets you keep a passcode on your phone but bypass it so long as the trusted accessory is connected.
The only two issues we've seen with the Keylink is that Bluetooth continues to occasionally be a wonky protocol — we had to attempt to connect several times on more than one occasion — and that the Keylink is simply out of stock. That's a pretty good sign, however, that it's already a sought-after accessory, especially if you're not on the Android Wear bandwagon and are looking for another closely-worn Bluetooth device to serve as trusted bypass.
If you've got $25 free and can find a Keylink, definitely pick one up.