While you can still probably count the number of non-Nexus Android device models officially updated to Nougat, at least in one country or on one carrier, on the fingers of one hand, there are many more from several manufacturers treated to public beta builds.
Ambitious startup Nextbit today follows Samsung, Sony or Huawei’s suit with an experimental 7.0 rollout of its own for pre-release Robin software testers. The unique and surprising thing about the cloud-first phone’s beta community program is that Nextbit’s devs have actually partnered with the Paranoid Android team to “speed things along.”
Second only to CyanogenMod, PA is a hugely popular custom Android ROM with an estimated 200K+ users as of last year. This is likely the first time an OEM shows such openness to this particular open-source initiative, apparently being “there every step of the way” to help shape up and test its early N builds.
What courageous and cooperative Nextbit Robin owners will be getting over-the-air starting today is thus a joint effort to stabilize and improve the Nougat experience as quickly as possible without modifying too many stock features.
A “few bugs and kinks” obviously still “need to be worked out”, but otherwise, Nextbit and Paranoid Android hope your introductory beta version of the next software release will only make your “day-to-day experience” better, requiring minimal additional efforts and time before a proper, wide-scale launch takes place.