Nextbit Speeds Up Robin's Camera with System Update
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Mar 30, 2016, 1:29 PM by Eric M. Zeman
Nextbit today revealed a forthcoming system update for its Robin phone that will make improvements across the board. To start, the update will notch the phone's operating system up to Android 6.0.1. This small jump brings with it support for more emoji thanks to Unicode 7 and 8. The refreshed code boosts the speed of the camera, which Nextbit claims is twice as fast as the previous camera app. The camera app UI has been tweaked a bit, and Nexbit claims the phone handles low-light environments better. Nextbit says it re-tuned how the speakers and amps work together, so audio should be clearer than before. Clarity of the speakerphone is improved, as well. Last, the system update tackles some small bugs and smoothes out performance. Nextbit says the Snapdragon processor should score higher on benchmarks, and the battery should deliver a bit more juice. Nextbit says the system update will be available near the end of April.
Nextbit announced the Robin last year, but the company is using CES 2016 to re-introduce the phone just ahead of its launch. This phone focuses on optimizing on-board storage using the cloud.
Nextbit hopes the Robin will convince people to jump into the cloud feet first. This Android smartphone prioritizes which apps and files get to stay on the phone, and which are relegated to Nextbit's servers.
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