Cyanogen Inc. is working with Nextbit, a company founded by former core members of the Android team, on a mystery project.
Nextbit Systems was founded in 2013 by Tom Moss (CEO) and Mike Chan (CTO), two former Google employees, founders of Android for enterprise startup 3LM (acquired by Motorola), and Entrepreneurs in Residence at Accel Partners.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Moss, who is also a Founding Board Member at Cyanogen, handled “business/distribution strategy, owned all carrier and OEM deals/relationships, alliances, acquisitions” during his three year stint on the Android team. Chan’s specialty is engineering – he was Android Power Management Tech Lead and handled various others engineering responsibilities between Android 1 and Honeycomb.
Joining the two founders at Nextbit are engineering and product people from Apple, Amazon, Dropbox and other large names from the industry. And, just yesterday, Scott Croyle, HTC’s former design and UX boss, announced he would join the team as VP of design and product.
Nextbit is secretive about its product, but revealed it’s developing “breakthrough technology that allows for deeper integration between the cloud and mobile devices.” Here’s how the startup describes itself on its Greenhouse jobs page:
Nextbit is a San Francisco-based startup building transformative mobile experiences by rethinking how people interact with their devices, the cloud and each other through technology that challenges the conventional wisdom in mobile OS and cloud computing paradigms.
Here’s where Cyanogen comes in: the startup recently put up a call for private alpha testers for “something really cool” developed together with Nextbit. The registration form doesn’t give away any details, but judging from what Nextbit revealed about itself so far, it’s probably some sort of cloud service that will closely integrate with CyanogenMod.
The mystery surrounding Nextbit and Cyanogen could clear pretty soon: according to CTO Mike Chan, several unique consumer experiences are coming to market “later this year.”