Razer Buys Nextbit, Has Big Gaming Smartphone Plans? Michael Kwan January 31, 2017 News You have to assume that this is the endgame for many smaller, independent tech startups. Fitbit went ahead and bought Pebble last month. Now, the Verge is reporting that Razer has purchased a majority stake in Nextbit, makers of the Nextbit Robin. That was the very square-ish, Android-based smartphone that really wanted you to offload everything to the cloud, including your lesser-used apps. While no financial details of the deal have been revealed just yet, the deal officially closed a few days ago. Done deal. The good news for people who like small and scrappy companies is that Nextbit will continue to operate as a “standalone business unit.” CEO Tom Moss is bringing his whole Nextbit team with him. You might remember that Razer bought Ouya a couple years ago and then it went ahead and purchased THX last year too. Put these all together and you could have yourself an exceptional gaming-oriented smartphone with incredible sound performance. Could this deliver on what ye ancient Sony Xperia Play once promised? And even though Motorola (Lenovo) has largely moved away from the RAZR naming scheme as of late, I imagine their legal department would have a fit if we suddenly had a Nextbit Razer or a Razer Blade smartphone. Share This With The World!