There's a whole new privacy policy in the Nextbit Robin Nougat update

There's some language in the Nougat update for the Nextbit Robin, which rapidly moved from final beta to public release in the last 24 hours, explaining a small change in the privacy policy due thanks to the new parent company. Now that Razer owns Nextbit, all of the legal details surrounding how a phone is used falls to Razer. The privacy policy itself isn't wildly different from the Nextbit policy you probably didn't read when you first got the phone, but it's an important detail to note.

It's not clear how much control Razer is going to give Nextbit when it comes to future hardware or software decisions. Razer has trouble expanding its color palette beyond matte black and lime green without the help of 1,000 LEDs, and Nextbit's design language is wildly different. One of the biggest things to watch as these two groups influence one another is how that design language will change on both ends. As cool as it would be to see Nextbit's use of brighter colors and softer edges rub off on Razer, a rugged-looking dystopian future super soldier communicator isn't impossible.

Nextbit Robin review

Either way, the Nougat update is available now if you head to Settings>About Phone>Software Update and hit Check For Updates. It's a big download, and is going to take about 20 minutes to fully install, but Nextbit has put a lot of love into making Nougat great for this phone so grab it quick as you can.

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  • That's a very important thing to note, thanks for sharing. Software support for basically another year is impressive, longer than some of the other phones that have been released around the same time...
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  • Software support is one thing but based on how long it took to get Nougat done, I doubt very much that Robin will get another major update. I do see that 7.1.1 is beta testing and that's a good sign, Hopefully they will provide security patches up to Feb 2018.
  • Ha, perfect timing!! I just bought one and it arrived for today. All the more excited now :D
  • So are they continuing to sell the robin?
  • Nextbit has stopped selling them, but they can still be found online. If you buy now beware, although they are offering software support until February 2018, they will not be honoring any hardware warranty beyond July 2017. So you will only have a 3-4 month hardware warranty. They are dirt cheap though so it might not be an issue.
  • I just placed an order online. Was it a wise thing to do or should I have waited for the price to come down, given that the warranty coverage and software updates will be available for a limited period only ? What happens, post Feb 2018 ? Will the phone be vulnerable due to non-availability of Security patches, or will Razer take care of security patches henceforth ? Thanks
  • Got mine updated this morning! Looking forward to playing with it! Looking forward to better battery performance.
  • I am going to hold off updating unless mine auto updates. I want to hear of any bumps in the road from others first.
  • Yep that's the thing that killed it for me the battery performance was beyond bad