There's no denying that the Ubuntu Edge has won a place in our hearts. Not only is it a great looking phone, but the promised specs on it far exceeded even our wildest dreams. Unfortunately, a dream is precisely what the Ubuntu Edge looks destined to become, for it is pretty safe to say that the campaign will not reach the fixed, $32 million goal required to fund the project. And while it is unlikely that we'll get to hold the Edge in our hands, nobody can call it a failure and claim objectivity. Why? Because despite the seemingly inevitable doom of the campaign, at $10,337,591 raised as of this writing, the Ubuntu Edge has just broken the world record for a fixed crowdfunding campaign, surpassing the $10,266,845 raised by the Pebble smartwatch.
Sure, the difference is miniscule, all things considered, but Canonical (the company behind Ubuntu) has nevertheless acquired more than sufficient validation for its product, and as good a proof-of-concept as future investors could ask for.
A handy website which data-mines information surrounding the campaign has been set up by Canonical, and it helps us better understand who it is that the Ubuntu Edge managed to sway and how. At $695 and above for a unit, it's not at all too surprising to see that the project has mainly gotten support from developed countries, with the USA leading the chart, followed by the UK, Germany, Canada and Australia. The rest on the top 10 list include the Netherlands, Sweden, France, Switzerland and Norway, or said otherwise – generally wealthy nations. Overall, some 14,500 Ubuntu Edge units have been paid for, which means a whole lot of people are in for a disappointment.