Nextbit to build new smartphone with Android veterans

OnePlus was the start-up talk of the town last year. A company backed by some veterans from the early times of Android could become that talk of the town for 2015. After a few months of development silence, it looks like Nextbit is back for a bite at the Android smartphone market.

You can hit up the work-in-progress site at the source link below. Hints of branding pop up through the site, looking for potential customers who want the “NEXT NOW.” Nextbit is also looking for some major staff positions including Product Manager and Software Engineer.

In 2014, the company took an $18 million investment from Accel and Google Ventures to create “Baton,” cloud software that stored not only data and multi-platform apps, but the states of said data and apps. Like a console emulator or Apple’s Continuity feature, you could start work on a project on a tablet and be able to save the exact screen state to Baton for later editing on a smartphone. You could also immediately transfer your workstate to another device and continue working exactly as you were on the previous device. Not much business has progressed on Baton beyond a beta for Cyanogenmod.

Co-founders Tom Moss and Mike Chan have previously worked on Android at Google in some capacity before 2010: Moss was Worldwide Head of Business Development and Partnerships, while Chan was a software engineer who worked on Android versions 1.0 through 3.0. Scott Croyle joins the group as Chief Product Officer; he was SVP of Design and User Experience at HTC during development of the EVO smartphone series up through the HTC One M8.

The company plans to share more information about its plans during a press-only event during this year’s CTIA show in Las Vegas.

Source: Nextbit

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