Nextbit cloud storage for Robin phones shutting down

When Nextbit was developing the Robin smartphone, one of the unique selling points was going to be the unending storage space available. The plan to make this happen was to provide all the space a user would need by having storage handled by a cloud service. Like the Robin phone and Nextbit itself, those servers will be shutting down soon putting an end to the unlimited storage buyers of the Robin phones thought they were getting.

Nextbit’s Smart Storage service, which was the brand name they were using for their cloud-based storage, will shutdown on March 1st. At that time all users will be signed out of Smart Storage and will no longer have access according to an email sent to users.

Robin phone users need to sync their data to store it locally on their phone or find an alternative place to store the data. If the latter option is chosen, users can head over to cloud.nextbit.com to use a download tool provided by the company. No matter which option is chosen, users only have until April 1 to retrieve their data from the Smart Storage servers as Nextbit says they will purge those servers at that time.

The demise of the cloud service was likely inevitable after Nextbit was purchased by Razer last year so that Razer could tap into Nextbit’s expertise to bring their own smartphone to market. Since then, pieces of the Nextbit project have been slowly shutting down, like support for the Robin phone and then closure of all social media channels in November.

source: The Verge


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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a MINI Cooper, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three mostly grown kids and a golden retriever.


  • swtrainer

    This is one of the problems with many “lifetime” offers: It’s not your lifetime…it’s their lifetime. I stay away from the articles I’ve read on Android sites that such and such a company (usually one I’ve never heard of before) is offering “X” amount of lifetime cloud storage for 10% of the normal cost (but you have to act fast)…anyone in their right mind knows it’s just a matter of time and you will have nothing…and might even lose the files you’ve stored in that lifetime cloud. I look at not just the company as a huckster, but I look at the Android site as a huckster because their hawking the offer and should know better or at the very least include a caviat or warning as part of the article.