Nextbit Pushes Nougat to Robin Beta Testers
Nov 22, 2016, 1:11 PM by Eric M. Zeman
updated Nov 22, 2016, 1:11 PM
Nextbit today said people signed up to beta test its software should soon receive a preview of Android 7.0 Nougat. According to Nexbit, the Nougat preview includes ideas from its own developer team along with those contributed by Paranoid Android. The result is a faster, less power-hungry operating system for the Robin. Beta testers should receive a notification within the next 24 hours or so, after which they'll be able to download and install the Nougat OS preview on their Robin handset. The Robin relies on continuous, smart cloud-syncing to ensure it always has storage for apps, media, and other content.
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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