Tom Moss was responsible for the Android business unit at Google, but in 2010 he decided to leave the company to start business alone. After a few years in startups, in 2014 he got $ 18 million in investment to found Nextbit, a company that at the time promised "to solve complex problems by building smart solutions within smartphones."
Nexbit was joined by Rich Miner, co-founder of Android, and Scott Croyle , who was vice president of design at HTC. That is how in 2015, after a successful campaign on Kickstarter, was born Nextbit Robin, the first smartphone based on the cloud, which showed us an interesting concept of design and functionality. Today, Nextbit has just taken an important step in its expansion and growth plans, as they have been acquired by Razer.
OUYA, THX, and now Nextbit
Razer is widely known within the gaming world, whether for its computers or its range of peripherals and accessories. For two years the company has been making strategic moves silently, telling us that Razer is preparing something big.
In 2015 they acquired OUYA , an interesting proposal within the gaming world on Android. This was followed by the purchase of THX in 2016 , audio technology created by George Lucas, and this 2017 we have a new purchase now in the field of smartphones with Netxbit.
Razer is reporting that they have acquired most of the assets of Nextbit Systems Inc., and all of its workforce will become part of Razer in the coming days. No financial details have been specified, but at Nextbit they anticipate that they will continue as an independent company with a business unit under its own management. Nextbit's team will remain in its offices in San Francisco and so far there are no plans for a move to San Diego, where Razer headquarters are.
According to Tom Moss, this acquisition will allow them to have a greater amount of resources and international projection, which otherwise would have been impossible to obtain in the short term. It also ensures that we will see new hardware and software, without specifying details. However, this purchase causes the Nextbit Robin to be withdrawn from the market , without giving up the current owners, who will receive one more year of support, the update to Android 7.0 this quarter, and up to six months warranty by Razer.