Canonical and the failure of the Ubuntu Edge
0. phoneArena 22 Aug 2013, 02:04 posted on
Well, that magic moment has come, and gone. Canonical’s audacious drive to source $32 million for the...
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1. blackice214 (Posts: 164; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)
Great analytical breakdown, as a financial advisor myself I saw this coming a mile away me and my team called it a flatline of 13m and we were close enough but the timing was the problem if this was introduced when android was in 4.0 or less then it would have succeeded
2. Maxwell.R (Posts: 214; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)
I saw it purely from a cost perspective. There is a psychological threshold for many people I think at about the $500 mark. If Canonical was able to get backing based on their desired quantities to eventually drive costs from $830 to $695, then $500 was not out of reach. It might mean a couple or few hundred thousand devices, but that would have ended up as a win-win. More devices in the hands of developers and geeks alike using Ubuntu Touch.
4. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
I put it down to stingy open-source hippies; There are supposedly 20 million Ubuntu users alone, but how many of those actually pledged their support ?? (27000 obviously).
I honestly believe canonical (instant karmer right there) would have come closer to their target if they just asked iphone users to donate $2 each, just for the hell of it.
3. promise7 (Posts: 871; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
I think Google should implement this idea into a future Nexus phone. A full fledged Android phone, but when you connect it to your PC you are in Chrome OS. Chrome OS runs pretty lite and is mostly cloud based anyways. Google has the money and resources to do it, but they most likely won't because it will hurt Chromebook sales.
11. dok2005 (Posts: 55; Member since: 18 Apr 2012)
actually if you look into. google did say that would be the future. The only difference is unbuntu was ready now at not a bad price point. 700 for all those feature. might be closer to a brick but you couldnt argue specs in comparison of what consider top of the line today.
14. _god_ (banned) (Posts: 47; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)
How could US700 be expensive , do you actually know how much a high end device like iPhone 5 , Galaxy Crap 4 and HTC One actually cost ?
16. a_merryman (Posts: 749; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
Why would I wont to downgrade my experience from Android to Chrome OS when i connect it to a pc monitor. When i dock it into a workstation mode I expect more features, that allow me to do more. Not for a neutered experience. Just do what Ubuntu Edge was going to do and have it go into an "Android Workspace" mode. I bet you that businesses would start jumping to that.
5. ianbbaa (Posts: 305; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)
I think Microsoft would be able to do this a lot easier then canonical...id say, why we need both - android+ubuntu - it just need to be one system - that just upscales to 1080p monitor when you attach it.
Microsoft should merge WP8+RT - and as usual like you do on your netbook with W7/W8 - when you connect it to 22" LCD screen - it just upscales all the apps to the resolution.
I mean it will be still a phone, so for me doesnt matter that it is just WinRT - for casual office work it would be nice....for photoshopers would it be uselles as of "power" of the phone.
I like the concept of Canonical, but i somehow do not see a reason to make super duper power phone that runs x86 ubuntu for work, and android for a phone...probably battery would be a problem there. - and bugs bugs all over...
6. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2259; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
Lol , wow!! And last two things, i put in for in kickstarter ,were the ouya and Leap motion..i own both.. needless to say,, i will never fund, anything again....lol
7. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Some rumors says that Ubuntu all the time knew that it will gonna fail and that all this is only advertisement project to attract more attention to Ubuntu. ;)
8. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
You didn't read the article, did you?
10. iyngr (Posts: 72; Member since: 14 Jul 2013)
The Added Advantage of Using PayPal is, we get Full Refund..
12. McLTE (Posts: 809; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
with how the world is right now financially, I don't see ANY project like this succeeding when asking for $700+ as an investment. It's just too much money for most people.
Really.. how many people would plunk down that kind of cash on something they can't first see and feel and KNOW that's what they want? Yes, it looks interesting and could very well be the next big thing, but I'm not going to throw $700 at this and be disappointed later.
If canonical is really trying to change the world of computing, then why make this an exclusive project? Why limit the output to 40k phones? They should have had a plan to get as many of these devices out to market as possible. 40k will change nothing.
17. lolrus (Posts: 29; Member since: 18 May 2013)
I think it would have been really cool if they had made agreements with the carriers and people could instead pledge $200 and their upgrade. In addition to the ability to get it unlocked for $700.
13. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
God dammit..I hope they will release it anyway.