Google Ventures and Accel Partners–backed company releases next step toward ambitious vision of transformative mobile experiences, is available in limited beta exclusively on Cyanogen
HALF MOON BAY, Calif. — October 27, 2014 — Nextbit, a company reimagining mobile experiences in the era of the cloud, today unveiled its first products and vision for the future at the inaugural Code/Mobile conference. Founded by former Android executives Tom Moss and Mike Chan, Nextbit is using the skill and vision of professionals from Amazon, Apple, Dropbox, Google, HTC, and other tech leaders to build a future where a person’s entire collection of mobile apps and data are always accessible and functional on virtually any device.
By 2018, the average US resident will own nine connected devices. Right now, there’s no easy way for people to enjoy a consistent experience across all of their devices. Nextbit is working to change that with its first new product, called Baton. This new software is designed to backup and sync the sum total of a person’s apps and data, not only making it effortless to switch between devices, but insuring against the devastation of lost data from damaged or stolen devices. At Code/Mobile, Nextbit demonstrated Baton, which is now available in private beta.
“Whether I’m reading an article, playing a game, or buying something online, everything comes to a halt if I want to switch devices.” said Tom Moss, Nextbit CEO. “Until now, there hasn’t been a good way to pick up a tablet at the same place you left off on your smartphone. Our mobile activities shouldn’t just be available on a per device basis. That’s why Nextbit is building a future that focuses on the experiences, not the device.”
Nextbit Baton offers several benefits to users, including:
- Sync: Keeps apps and data in sync across multiple devices, allowing users to move fluidly from one device to the next without missing a beat.
- Pass: Send any open app in its current state to another device, saving time and eliminating the tedious process of manually finding and opening apps on different devices.
- Backup and restore: Save apps and data to your Nextbit profile in the cloud, so you can always get your apps back on any device.
Nextbit’s private beta is exclusively on CyanogenMod, the leading open-source, community-driven Android OS backed by Cyanogen Inc. The future public release of Nextbit will be available first on the commercially distributed Cyanogen operating system.
“Cyanogen continues to reimagine Android by introducing bold new firsts,” said Kirt McMaster, CEO of Cyanogen. “Nextbit represents one of these platform firsts that could only manifest on a truly open Android. We enable Baton to become a native OS level feature, creating huge benefit for our users.”
This private beta is an important step toward Nextbit’s larger vision for a mobile world where computing is ubiquitous and people are untethered from the limits of devices.