Nextbit to Shut Down Cloud Storage On March 1
Updated: Corrected spelling of "Razer".
Nextbit this week warned owners of its Robin smartphone that it plans to shut down its Cloud Storage service on March 1. The company revealed the news in an email to customers. Nexbit recommends Robin owners take the time to download anything and everything they had backed up to the Nextbit cloud, including apps and photos. Nextbit said it will automatically sign all users out of the Cloud Storage service on March 1, though people will be able to download their photos through April 1. After that date, everything stored in Cloud Storage will be lost and inaccessible. Nextbit and its Robin phone were unique in that they relied on dynamic backups to the cloud that could offload apps in order to ensure there was enough storage space on the handset itself. Nextbit sold its handset assets to Razer.
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.
Aug 1, 2017
Nextbit today announced via its official Twitter account that it is no longer offering customer support for its sole smartphone, the Robin. "Rebels, effective August 1st 2017, we will be shutting down support for Robin," said the company in its forums.
May 3, 2016
Amazon is kicking off sales of the Nexbit Robin with a limited price. Anyone who buys the phone from Amazon between May 4 and May 10 will pay $299, rather than $399.
Sep 17, 2015
Nextbit today said it plans to make a CDMA version of its Robin smartphone available via Kickstarter beginning Sept. 18.