The Nextbit Robin is currently one of the mostly highly anticipated devices around. While this is somewhat atypical of a debut device, the idea of a device which makes use of cloud services as a selling point, seems to be one which has really resonated with the Android community. As such, when the Robin was confirmed as a project on Kickstarter, it very quickly became a successful campaign and easily surpassed its goal. The Nextbit Robin was originally confirmed to be a GSM device and as a result was aimed towards those who currently make use of a GSM-based network like AT&T or T-Mobile.
However, the demand was so high at the initial backing stages of the Robin, that Nextbit very soon afterwards made it clear that as well as the GSM version of the Robin, they were also now working on a CDMA variant. One to appease the Verizon and Sprint customers who had also shown high levels of interest in owning a Robin. Since then, the common understanding was that Nextbit were intending on releasing the CDMA version around February time. With the month now closing in, the company has today taken to the same Kickstarter page to announce an update on the status of the CDMA variant.
The short of the update is that Nextbit is announcing a delay to the availability of the CDMA version. One of the reasons given for the delay is that the CDMA version was not really part of their original plans. As such, Nextbit state they did get “a little carried away in the excitement” and further adding that the February stated ETA for the CDMA version was a little on the “optimistic” side. As a result and as the development of the smartphone has progressed in recent months, Nextbit is now stating that a more realistic time-frame to expect the CDMA variant is as an April delivery. Furthermore, Nextbit have said that they cannot provide any further detailed information on when in April, as this is down to “a number of factors outside our control“. Although, they do plan to provide further updates in due course.