The story of the Ubuntu Edge is definitely an inspiring one – a promise of computing convergence, along with some truly dizzying specs.
Unfortunately for Canonical, the company behind the Linux-based Ubuntu and the Edge smartphone, its crowd-sourced campaign over at Indiegogo is shaping up to be a failure. Off to an impressive start, the Ubuntu Edge managed to raise a whopping $2 million in under 12 hours from the start of the campaign on July 22. Fast forward to August 7, and the amount raised was $8.37 million – an almost complete stop if you consider that six days earlier, the sum was $7.75 million.
In what seems like an attempt to bring the campaign back to life, the team behind Canonical has just announced that they're lowering the minimum pledge required to secure an Ubuntu Edge. Fixed for the rest of the campaign, it will now cost you $695, down from $775.
With 14 days left until the end of the campaign it is unlikely that this move will manage to breathe life back into the effort. We remind you that the campaign will only get funded should it reach its goal of $32 million. In other words: everything or nothing. And 'nothing', precisely, seems likely to be the case. We, for one, can't help but hope we're very wrong.