With Nougat open to the public, everyone is eager to get the latest version of Android on their devices. It generally takes a lot longer for big companies to roll out software updates, so you’re fortunate if you own a device from a smaller company like Nextbit. The 2016 flagship from Nextbit, the Robin, is currently getting Nougat in a closed beta program to test all software features before a public release.
The Robin shipped in early 2016 with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but Nextbit promised software updates in the future to keep the cloud-first phone utilizing the latest technologies Google and itself offer. Next up is Nougat, which Google only released in August. Nextbit is actually among the first couple of companies implementing this version of Android for a non-Nexus or non-Pixel device.
Despite having a small team, Nextbit is able to get Nougat to the Robin before other companies because of help from the Paranoid Android team. Nextbit and Paranoid are working together by sharing notes on everything, moving NextbitOS’ implementation of Nougat along quicker than expected.
If you’re not currently part of Nextbit’s beta program, you can enroll by completing an online form that pushes Nougat to your Robin within twenty-four hours. It’s a 1GB file, moving your Robin to Android 7.0 and the August security patch level. Nextbit will likely move forward with a much more recent Android security patch level when Nougat rolls out to all Robins at a later date.
Don’t own a Nextbit Robin yet? Amazon is still selling the phone for $169 with free two-day shipping for Prime members.