Last year, a company called Nextbit has had a successful Kickstarter campaign for crowdfounding an Android smartphone marketed as “Cloud-first.” The name of the device is Nextbit Robin and, unlike others of its kind, it uses cloud storage to free up memory by uploading photos and unused apps to the cloud. As of today, the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update is rolling out for the Robin customers.
Nextibt Robin runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box, so the jump to Marshmallow is pretty major. The new firmware brings a new app permissions system which enables apps to ask for permissions only when they need to access certain features of your phone, Google Now On Tap which scans what’s on the screen of your phone and is capable of pulling out relevant information about it, Doze Mode which improves the standby battery life of your phone by putting apps in a deep sleep state, Deep Linking so you won’t see the annoying app selector that often, Direct Share for quicker and smarter sharing with the people you contact more frequently, Chrome Custom Tabs for faster webpage loading within apps, automatic app data backup, native support for fingerprint readers, improved Do Not Disturb Mode with custom rules, and many more. The Android 6.0.1 update for Nextbit Robin also brings the April security patch and the new emojis. According to the changelog posted by Nextbit, the update also tunes up the processor for improved battery life and performance, it brings an overhauled camera app for faster and better photos, and an enhanced audio experience.
As the norm is with software updates, the Nextbit Robin Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update is being released gradually, meaning it would take some time until it reaches all users. Usually, when your terminal gets chosen to receive the update a message should appear in the notifications panel. Tap on it, choose ‘Download now’, wait until the download is completed, then select ‘Install now’. Your phone should reboot and automatically flash the new firmware. In case the system update notification failed to appear you can also perform a manual check. Head to Settings, scroll to the bottom at the About Phone submenu, go to System updates, and tap Check for updates.
Given the size of the update (it could weigh in at over 1 GB), it’s recommended to download the files using a WiFi connection. Also, make sure that your phone’s battery is above 50% so it won’t turn off during the installation.
As I was mentioning above, the Nextbit Robin is an innovative smartphone, using the 100 GB of free storage it comes with, to move your unused apps, photos and videos, to free up storage. Furthermore, its hardware platform is quite interesting. It features a 5.2-inch IPS LCD screen with Full HD resolution and 424 ppi pixel density, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of on-board storage, a 64-bit hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor, 13 MP main camera with phase detection autofocus and dual LED dual tone flash, a 5 MP user-facing shooter for your selfie needs, and a 2,680 mAh battery.
Nextbit Robin has a price tag of $399.00 and it’s available in Mint and Midnight color variants. In case you want to order one from Amazon you can do it using the links below:
- Order Nextbit Robin 32 GB Mint from Amazon – $399.00;
- Order Nextbit Robin 32 GB Midnight from Amazon – $399.00.