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Top-secret project could produce the most exciting Android phone ever made

Published Aug 27th, 2014 11:00AM EDT
Cyanogen Nextbit Android Phone

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Forget the OnePlus One — there could soon be a brand-new Cyanogen-enhanced Android phone coming that will blow other Android phones away. Per Engadget, Cyanogen and a mysterious startup called Nexbit have announced that they’re working together on “something really cool,” although they never specify what that “something” actually is. There are some very good reasons to think it’s going to be a killer new Android phone, however.

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The biggest reason to think this is that Nextbit boasts a strong roster of talent that’s been poached from Amazon, Google and HTC, highlighted by former HTC exec Scott Croyle. For those of you who don’t recall, Croyle spent several years leading HTC’s industrial design and user experience teams and was the man most responsible for designing HTC’s gorgeous hardware for the acclaimed HTC One and HTC One (M8) smartphones.

Despite having all of this top-notch tech talent, Nextbit is still being very coy about what it’s actually planning to do. As Engadget points out, its website simply says that “the future of mobile is just getting started” and that “we’re building the groundbreaking technology that will take it to the next level.”

If this team-up between Cyanogen and Nextbit does produce a killer smartphone, we hope that they’ll be smart enough to resist some of OnePlus’s worst blunders such as marketing the phone with embarrassingly sexist contests.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.