Remember the Nextbit cloud phone? The phone raised over $1 million dollars in support through a Kickstarter campaign. Nextbit Robin, the company behind that phone, has just been acquired by a company called Razer.
Who is Razer?
The new owners of Nextbit are a gaming hardware and software company. This brand also specializes in keyboards, headsets, speakers, and powerful gaming laptops. The Razer Blade Pro is one good example. This acquisition will see all Nextbit staff absorbed by the new owners, though they will work as an independent unit.
Sales On Hold
It is also important to note that sales of the Netbin Robin smartphone has been put on hold. The company promises to fulfill warranties for six more months and software updates up till February 2018.
Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan, had this to say:
“Nextbit is one of the most exciting companies in the mobile space”
Razer has a track record of disrupting industries where our technology and ability to design and innovate have allowed us to dominate categories with longstanding incumbents, such as the peripherals and laptop categories. With the talent that Nextbit brings to Razer, we look forward to unleashing more disruption and growing our business in new areas.”
Tom Moss, Nextbit Systems Inc. CEO stated in a forum post:
“In order to reach a wider audience and continue our mission, we decided to join with a larger brand, We’re lucky to have found a company in Razer that shares our value of pushing the boundaries of what our devices can do.
Nextbit will suspend the sale of their smartphone, but promises to continue offering warranties for the next 6 months. They also promised updates and security patches till February 2018. We can expect to see exciting products coming from them in the nearest future.