Nextbit Unveils the Future of Mobile

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.

Mobile-Cloud Startup Nextbit Taps Former HTC Senior Vice President to Lead Design

HTC One design head Scott Croyle joins Nextbit to build the future of mobile experiences


San Francisco, CA – August 26, 2014 – Nextbit, a mobile technology company founded by former Google executives Tom Moss and Mike Chan, today announced that Scott Croyle has joined as Vice President of Design and Product. Croyle, who was most recently Senior Vice President of Design and User Experience at HTC, will also join the company’s board of directors alongside Rich Wong from Accel Partners and Rich Miner from Google Ventures.

Nextbit has raised $18 million dollars in Series A funding from Accel Partners and Google Ventures to develop breakthrough technology that allows for deeper integration between the cloud and mobile devices. As mobile devices continue to evolve, users will expect more from their devices and seek better ways to manage their mobile experiences. Nextbit is tackling this growing challenge with unparalleled technical talent while prioritizing intuitive design and a seamless user experience, which Croyle will lead.

“We're excited to start using our technology to bring several unique consumer experiences to market later this year, and Scott will play a big role in this next phase of our company,” said Nextbit CTO Mike Chan.

While at HTC, Croyle was responsible for the design and user experience of all products, including the company's flagship HTC One and HTC Sense, which received numerous design awards, including the Best Smartphone at Mobile World Congress for 2013 and the iF gold product design award in 2014. Previously, his consultancy, One & Co., worked with a variety of consumer-focused companies such as Nike, Amazon, Burton and Microsoft before being acquired by HTC. Croyle brings a focus on a wide range of consumers and an astute understanding of how they interact with products and technology, now and in the future.

“Helping Nextbit build transformative experiences based on breakthrough technologies is the perfect fit for me,” Croyle said. “This is an awesome team and a great opportunity to create experiences that delight people and redefine the understanding of what is possible with mobile.”

Nextbit was founded by members of the original Android team at Google, and the small but growing team includes technical experts from Google, Amazon, Apple and Dropbox. The team’s deep cloud and mobile expertise gives it the right foundation for extending what devices can do, and bringing on top-notch design talent reflects the company’s deep commitment to maintaining an excellent user experience.

“As an industry, we’re really just getting started with mobile,” Nextbit CEO Tom Moss said. “At Nextbit, we are building a world class engineering team to tackle big technical problems. We know Scott is the right person to guarantee that all the technology we build focuses on creating unique mobile experiences for users.”


Nextbit Raises $18 Million Dollar Series A from Accel Partners and Google Ventures

San Francisco, CA – January 14, 2014 – San Francisco based start-up Nextbit Systems Inc. announced today that it has raised $18 Million in series A funding, led by Accel Partners and Google Ventures. As part of the fundraising, Nextbit will add Rich Miner and Rich Wong to its board of directors.

General Partner Rich Miner is the mobile lead at Google Ventures and was previously a co-founder of Android. Rich Wong is the lead mobile partner at Accel Partners, and has invested in companies such as Angry Birds developer Rovio, AdMob (acquired by Google), 3LM (acquired by Motorola Mobility) and MoPub (acquired by Twitter).

The founders of Nextbit are Tom Moss and Mike Chan, both EIRs at Accel Partners. Previously, Tom was co-founder and CEO of Three Laws Mobility Inc. (3LM), which was acquired by Motorola Mobility Inc. Prior to 3LM, Tom was an executive on the Android team at Google. At Google, Tom served as Worldwide Head of Business Development and Partnerships for Android, and also spent 10 months in Japan as General Manager of Android Japan and Asia-Pacific.

Mike Chan was the first employee and led all platform and client development at 3LM, which consisted of core system and framework enhancements to Android for the enterprise. Prior to 3LM, Mike was on the Android team where he led Power Management. Mike and Tom each received a Founder’s Award at Google for their work on Android.

Nextbit has not released any information regarding its product plans, but has made public that the team includes engineers from Google’s Android team, Apple’s iOS team, Dropbox, and Amazon’s AWS team.

Google’s Rich Miner stated that “What got me interested in Nextbit right away was the quality of the team and their ambition for the product. I have known the founders and many of the engineers since the early days of Android, and if there is any team that can pull off such an ambitious vision, it’s this team.”

Accel’s Rich Wong stated that “What excites me is that the Nextbit team is taking a BIG swing at solving some of the fundamental issues in mobile computing. When Tom and Mike first told me about what they planned to do and the quality of team they were putting together, I immediately wanted to get involved. Companies like Nextbit are the reasons I came into VC, to work on companies taking an ambitious, huge swing in arguably the most important technology wave at our time (mobile computing)."