This week, San Francisco startup Nextbit announced the upcoming launch of its cloud-savvy smartphone.
Dubbed Robin, the smartphone made waves on Kickstarter last year and now, Nextbit is ready to launch the hotly anticipated device. "There will be maybe 3,000 to 6,000 phones available," said Chief Design Officer Scott Croyle in an interview on Wednesday. On Twitter, Nextbit has been tweeting about the upcoming launch. "A style as bold as yours. Express yourself when Robin goes on sale Feb. 18th at Nextbit.com," tweeted the company. In another tweet, it said, "Get Robin while you can! Our store opens 7 a.m. PST on Feb 18." The startup opted to set up its own online store for the device rather than partner with a carrier for the launch. Nextbit's Kickstarter project raised $1,362,343, almost triple its initial $500,000 goal.
"Meet Robin. A truly different smartphone. It gets smarter every day, and makes running out of space history," said Nextbit on its website. "Unlike anything before it, Robin has the cloud integrated right into the Android OS, and its perfectly tuned hardware is optimized to take every advantage of it. That means Robin is always prepared. Whenever it's plugged in and on WiFi, it backs up your apps and photos. When you need space, it archives the things you use least, so you always have space for what you want most." The smartphone also emphasizes security with a fingerprint scanner built in and securely transmitting your data when it is moved from Robin. All data is stored encrypted on Nextbit's servers. The company also uses two-factor authentication with Google.
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