Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Razer acquires Nextbit, maker of cloud-first Robin phone

Nextbit, the makers of the cloud-first Robin smartphone has announced that, the company has been acquired by gaming laptops and PC accessories manufacturer Razer.

Nextbit will be operating as an independent division inside Razer, under its own management, and will focus on bringing unique mobile design and experiences. Nextbit and Razer closed the acquisition earlier this month, but the financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The company has also announced that it has halted sales of the Robin smartphones and all accessories through its official channels. However, Nextbit will continue to offer support including software updates and security updates through February, 2018, and the company will fulfill warranties for six more months. Nextbit also confirmed that the Robin 2 is not coming out anytime soon.


To refresh, Nextbit is a San-Francisco based company founded by former members of Google's Android team, along with former design head at HTC in 2015. The first smartphone Robin was launched via a Kickstarter campaign, in September 2015, which turned to be successful, and later the phone reached many markets including India. The main highlight of Robin was that, it offered 100GB of cloud storage, so that users backup least used apps, photos, videos to the cloud and free up space in the smartphone.

With the acquisition, Razer, which until now focused on making gaming PCs and accessories, will be looking to make smartphones in the near future.

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