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Razer buys smartphone manufacturer Nextbit, shuts down sales

Ron Amadeo
The Nextbit Robin.
Remember Nextbit? The startup smartphone manufacturer that released the quirky Nextbit Robin a year ago? The company was just aquired by Razer, the PC gaming company.
Nextbit gets borged with the Razer color scheme.
Enlarge / Nextbit gets borged with the Razer color scheme.
In a forum posting, Nextbit said it would "operate as an independent division inside Razer" and would do "exactly what we’ve been doing all along, only bigger and better." Razer’s co-founder and CEO, Min-Liang Tan, gave an interview to Techcrunch and indicated the Nextbit brand would be sticking around. Razer might not have a choice since Motorola's "Razr" trademarks probably present a barrier to "Razer" branded smartphones. Razer is halting sales of the Nextbit Robin, but promises to fulfill warranties for six more months and software updates through February 2018. The Nextbit Robin came with 100GB of cloud storage, which was deeply integrated into the Android-based OS. The Robin's gimmick is that it would automatically upload and download apps and other data to Nextbit's servers as needed. There's no word on what will happen to the servers now that Nextbit has been acquired.
This is the second Android company Razer has acquired recently, having snapped up Android console maker Ouya in 2015. The company also purchased THX last year. Razer currently sells laptops, keyboards, mice, and other accessories, all with a black-and-green "gamer" aesthetic. Min told Techcrunch that the people at Razer are "huge fans" of Nextbit's work "on the phone technology and on the cloud-based storage side of things." As for what Razer is actually going to do with Nextbit, Min only said, "We'll be ready to talk about that when we're ready."
Razer buys smartphone manufacturer Nextbit, shuts down sales Reviewed by Chidinma C Amadi on 2:10 AM Rating: 5

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