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Nextbit Robin team acquired by Razer

The Nextbit Robin sought to give users nearly unlimited storage by removing unused local programs and data and uploading them to the cloud. (Source: Nextbit)
The Nextbit Robin sought to give users nearly unlimited storage by removing unused local programs and data and uploading them to the cloud. (Source: Nextbit)
The Nextbit team, developers of the Robin cloud-based smartphone project, have been acquired by Singaporean gaming hardware company Razer.

The Nextbit Robin was an innovative Android phone which attempted to merge local storage with the cloud in an attempt to solve the issue of limited space. While the phone received modestly positive reviews, it didn't really offer enough beyond the cloud storage features to draw users to it. Gaming-focused Razer seems to think the team has some talent and ideas though, as they have apparently snatched up the whole Nextbit team. 

What does this mean for owners of the Nextbit Robin? According to a post by the team at Nextbit's community forums, they are putting a positive spin on it. The team says they will still be updating the Robin with Android OS and security updates, and that "there is nothing to worry about". The phone is still being sold (at a heavy discount off original MSRP), but it isn't clear for how long it will be supported.

The acquisition does raise some tantalizing possibilities. Could Razer be working on a phone? Perhaps cloud services? Or, perhaps they found the team very promising for other reasons. Nextbit hinted that they are excited for the things they'll be working on—we just might get a peek at a new project this 2017.

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Douglas Black, 2017-01-31 (Update: 2017-10-31)
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