NEXTBIT BECOMES PART OF THE RAZER FAMILY
Management and employees retained; companies remain committed to supporting the Robin smartphone and enhancing the Android ecosystem
Razer, a leading global lifestyle brand of devices and software for gamers, today confirmed that it has acquired much of the assets of Nextbit Systems Inc. and has brought on-board the management and employees of the company. Financial details of the transaction, which closed earlier this month, were not disclosed.
“Nextbit is one of the most exciting companies in the mobile space,” says Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan. “Razer has a track record of disrupting industries where our technology and ability to design and innovate have allowed us to dominate categories with longstanding incumbents, such as the peripherals and laptop categories. With the talent that Nextbit brings to Razer, we look forward to unleashing more disruption and growing our business in new areas.”
Nextbit will operate as a standalone business
According to Razer, Nextbit will operate as a standalone business unit under its own management and apart from the ongoing business of its parent company. Furthermore, Nextbit will continue with product support and software updates for its Robin smartphone.
“In order to reach a wider audience and continue our mission, we decided to join with a larger brand,” says Tom Moss, Nextbit Systems Inc. co-founder and CEO. “We’re lucky to have found a company in Razer that shares our value of pushing the boundaries of what our devices can do.”
Nextbit Systems Inc. was founded in 2013 by early Android veterans Tom Moss and Mike Chan and is based in San Francisco. In order to produce a groundbreaking phone that would challenge common smartphone shortcomings, Moss and Chan brought-on former HTC design lead Scott Croyle as chief design and product officer in 2014.
The company launched Robin in 2015 as proof that software ingenuity can create performance beyond mere hardware specifications.
Nexbit for Razer