New software program replace fixes the Nextbit Robin's sluggish digital camera

When the Nextbit Robin launched earlier this yr, its auto-backup labored properly however a couple of different issues… nicely, they wanted work. That is the place the corporate’s April replace is available in. The brand new construct packs Android, and with it comes a handful of safety patches, plus 184 new emoji (like a center finger) to gussy up your messages. Extra importantly, although, we’re additionally getting some a lot-wanted enhancements to the Robin’s audio and digital camera.

As soon as put in, you will begin to hear meatier sound from the Robin’s twin entrance-dealing with audio system. It really works higher for some songs than others, clearly: EDM and rock feels extra substantial, however lighter tracks typically sound thick to the purpose of being overly heavy. More often than not, although, the speaker enhancements are welcome. You will hear these modifications when you’ve received an honest pair of headphones too, which explains why Nextbit is teaming up with AiAiAi on a customized pair of TMA-2s meant to spotlight punchy lows and crisp highs.

In case you’re a Robin proprietor, you will in all probability get extra mileage out of the replace’s digital camera modifications. Between some beneath-the-hood tweaks and a cleaner interface, the distinction is night time and day: focusing and capturing photographs are dramatically quicker right here than on the unique Robin. We’ve not noticed any vital modifications in picture high quality (although the corporate says low-mild efficiency is best), however the increase in velocity is lots to get enthusiastic about. Keep in mind: once we first reviewed the Robin, it often took over a second from display-faucet to photograph-snap. Now it is about twice as quick. Toss in some warmth administration tweaks that assist the telephone’s Snapdragon 808 run just a little smoother, and one factor turns into instantly clear: that is the software program the Robin ought to have shipped with.

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