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Razer acquires Nextbit, the company behind the Robin cloud phone

This is a really interesting case, so lets briefly recap: Nextbit was a startup company that built a phone around a cloud feature that would allow seamless usage of apps and content that transcended between phones on-board storage and a complimentary cloud service, automatically.

This phone would be called the Nextbit Robin. The companys initial Kick Starter goal of $500,000 was smashed with a final pledge amount of around $1.3 million.

Visual representation of unused data being backed up and restored

Fast-forward to today, a year or so after the Robin began shipping to customers, the company is being acquired by Razer. All sales of the Nextbit Robin and its accessories have already ceased. But like all great companies, Nextbit has vowed to keep a couple of promises: it will honor warranties for six more months, and Nextbit will keep supporting the Robin with software updates and security patches through February of 2018.

Nextbit is joining the @Razer family! Now well have more resources for more exciting (rebellious) projects. https://t.co/rC6Oww7TMO pic.twitter.com/HJScaIlVfS

Nextbit (@nextbitsys) January 30, 2017

The Nextbit brand will not go away, instead, it will operate as an independent division within Razer and will focus on unique mobile design and experiences. Does this mean we might see a Razer phone or tablet? Probably not, at least not for now, Alhough, based the really cool clip in the tweet above, Nextbits branding may get a makeover.

There is still no word on whether or not there will be a successor to the Robin; its already been almost one year since the phone began shipping to those who pledged. Recently, the Robin was spotted on a GFXBench running Android 7.1.1, different from the 7.0 version of the ongoing beta test.

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