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Ubuntu Edge campaign reaches half-way point, but funding is nowhere close to goal

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 07 Aug 2013 19:36 User comments (4)

Ubuntu Edge campaign reaches half-way point, but funding is nowhere close to goal Canonical has reached the half-way mark in their campaign to fund the Ubuntu Edge smartphone.
The company hoped to raise $32 million, far and away the most a crowdfunded campaign would have ever raised, and so far they have raised $8.5 million, breaking Indiegogo records.

That being said, there is no chance the company will reach their goal, an unfortunate situation as the phone certainly has potential.

Here is the full spec list:

Dual boot Ubuntu mobile OS and Android
Fully integrated Ubuntu desktop PC when docked
Fastest multi-core CPU, 4GB RAM, 128GB storage
4.5in 1,280 x 720 HD sapphire crystal display
8mp low-light rear camera, 2mp front camera
Dual-LTE, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4, NFC
GPS, accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensor, compass, barometer
Stereo speakers with HD audio, dual-mic recording, Active Noise Cancellation
MHL connector, 3.5mm jack
Silicon-anode Li-Ion battery
64 x 9 x 124mm


Read about the phone and potentially pledge, here: Indiegogo- Ubuntu Edge

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4 user comments

17.8.2013 21:48

This phone could have had potential if it wasn't so savagely over priced. The best thing it had to offer was support, the hardware was nice but its like they trying to put a PC into a phone; if you are already a linux junkie, you don't need them to flash any other smartphone to do the same thing on more cost effective hardware. They tried to appeal to businesses with it, but went about it the complete wrong way, as there was very little marketing or appeal for smb or corporations to validate spending more for less. Had the phone been about the $500 price range, and the goal for funding wasn't retardedly an unrealistic 32 million, they would have easily hit their goal.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 07 Aug 2013 @ 21:54

28.8.2013 13:53

If this fails and it looks like it will I hope it is tried again some time in the future. I really think it is a neat idea. It is more money then I can currently afford but if proven to work down the road I could see this being the way I always got my new phones.

I also like what they are trying to do by making your phone work both as a phone and a computer. It might not be as useful now as it could be in the future. But it would have some uses and if started now there would be more time to perfect it for when the hardware catches up to the idea.

Ether way I think they have proven that there is a demand for it 8.5 million is not a small number and there is still more time to make that number larger.

38.8.2013 17:14

Originally posted by lamain:
If this fails and it looks like it will I hope it is tried again some time in the future. I really think it is a neat idea. It is more money then I can currently afford but if proven to work down the road I could see this being the way I always got my new phones.

I also like what they are trying to do by making your phone work both as a phone and a computer. It might not be as useful now as it could be in the future. But it would have some uses and if started now there would be more time to perfect it for when the hardware catches up to the idea.

Ether way I think they have proven that there is a demand for it 8.5 million is not a small number and there is still more time to make that number larger.

You know, you can root most Android devices and put on Debian or Ubuntu, and have exactly what this phone offers for an ecosystem and basic functionality ^^ ... A good, recent phone will do quite well, albeit with less storage.

49.8.2013 14:01

Originally posted by Bozobub:
Originally posted by lamain:
If this fails and it looks like it will I hope it is tried again some time in the future. I really think it is a neat idea. It is more money then I can currently afford but if proven to work down the road I could see this being the way I always got my new phones.

I also like what they are trying to do by making your phone work both as a phone and a computer. It might not be as useful now as it could be in the future. But it would have some uses and if started now there would be more time to perfect it for when the hardware catches up to the idea.

Ether way I think they have proven that there is a demand for it 8.5 million is not a small number and there is still more time to make that number larger.

You know, you can root most Android devices and put on Debian or Ubuntu, and have exactly what this phone offers for an ecosystem and basic functionality ^^ ... A good, recent phone will do quite well, albeit with less storage.
I do realize that and it is a good thing for sure. But what they are trying is far more then a OS. It is the whole package that I find exciting. If they managed to pull something like this off then in the future we might see new ideas not only tested but something myself or anyone could test. I just feel it is a cool idea and I am sorry to see it looks like it will not work out.

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