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Nextbit Robin’s first major update starts rolling out – Vastly improves the experience

by Todd Haselton | April 27, 2016April 27, 2016 8:00 am PST

Nextbit announced its first major update to the Nextbit Robin back in March. The software is rolling out soon; we’ve had a chance to use it for a few days and can happily report this is definitely an update Robin owners will want to apply ASAP.

The update delivers, among other things, Android Marshmallow 6.0.1, which includes more recognizable Emoji. But the update, as I found during several days of testing, also vastly improves other features, like the camera.

I found that, while there’s still a bit of a delay launching the camera application, it’s faster than the original software — and especially so if the camera was already open. Likewise, snapping pictures is about a half second or so faster, which actually really matters. Nextbit also promises better lowlight photos.

The speakers were also tuned. Nextbit promises that the sound is now tweaked to “the exact capabilities of our speakers and amps.” I noticed the speakers were improved, sounding fuller, but I actually thought they sounded clearer on my personal Nextbit Robin, which didn’t have the update (if a little hollow and certainly more tinny.) I don’t think you’ll be disappointed by the speakers, and there’s definitely a change.

Nextbit said the update will also improve performance and battery life, which I haven’t had enough time to test out. If you own a Nextbit Robin, check for the update soon.

Don’t own one yet? Perfect time to grab one in either Midnight or Mint on Amazon, where it just launched for $399:


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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...