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Ubuntu Edge looks unlikely to hit crowdfunding goal

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Ubuntu Edge looks unlikely to hit crowdfunding goal
Canonical had a pretty ambitious plan to crowdsource the funding for the Ubuntu Edge smartphone. The company is aiming to gather $32 million to build the device, which would be a super device with bleeding edge specs in order to handle the dream of Ubuntu convergence. Unfortunately, it is looking unlikely that the Edge will hit its goal.

Last time we checked in on the Indiegogo campaign was 6 days ago when the funding total was at $7.75 million. As of this writing, the campaign has only gone up to $8.37 million; and, according to The Verge, only about 100 people "bought" an Ubuntu Edge in the last day. This followed an 84% drop in pledges in week two of the campaign. 

Right now, we're halfway through, and there are only 15 days left for the campaign to reach its goal. But, according to statisticians, Canonical will fall at least $10 million short of the goal. Some are wondering if the planning behind the campaign was a bit flawed, because at the beginning the device cost $600, but as the tiers sell out, the price goes up so investors now have to drop $780 to get a device. 

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posted on 07 Aug 2013, 10:24

1. dexter_jdr (Posts: 995; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


lol no one wants it. if this was jolla os, it would overflow with donation money

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 12:22 4

5. SleepingOz (Posts: 2464; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)


First it's Sailfish OS and no, it wouldn't.
Just go on youtube and see how many more videos and views there're about Ubuntu edge compared to Jolla's Sailfish OS.
Sailfish has nothing new to offer except a clean ui.
Apart from some diehard nokia fanboys who don't like WP, nobody really cares about it.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 19:07

12. RoyalPayne (banned) (Posts: 458; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


Now hang on, don't discount Sailfish yet. I'm a Meego user (still using) and i can't even begin to explain how perfect and polished the OS is. It's clean and robust like iOS, as beautiful as webOS and open like Android. Only problem is app store is like Windows Phone 8! Jokes apart, Sailfish should be one better atleast.

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 07:25

14. dexter_jdr (Posts: 995; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


sailfish os can install apps in google play

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 10:32 6

2. RoyalPayne (banned) (Posts: 458; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


A good concept, but the goal is just too ambitious. I wish they still consider making it!

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 11:28 2

3. bparkerson (Posts: 101; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


I really wish they can make this happen. I'm curious to hear their "Plan B"!

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 11:53

4. softfurryanus (banned) (Posts: 232; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


Called it. Unfortunately.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 12:35

6. McLTE (Posts: 620; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


100 million is an aweful lot to ask for a niche phone. This is nerd paradise x 100.. which is the problem. The average consumer doesn't care (yet), so they aren't going to drop almost 1k on something they don't understand.

The proper way to pull this off is to get some corporate backing, or take this $7M and do some major marketing and educating the public on what it can and will do.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 13:36

7. zennacko (Posts: 196; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)


Add an Apple branding and they'll fund a billion for that phone in a week, especially if it dual booted iOS and Android.

It's all about the brand. And given that some "kickstarted" companies started cheating on the crowd (by taking all the monies away, or simply by making a contract with a huge retail store, selling their product there while the backers, who should be the first to receive, will wait until the stock of the product is stable so they get some, after everybody who didn't fund got theirs already (pebble and ouya are some examples of that AFAIK)) they are afraid to fund more, or maybe they're jelly of the early birds who got their phones for $600

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 14:12

8. a_merryman (Posts: 546; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


What, where is that 100 million coming from?

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 14:14

9. a_merryman (Posts: 546; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


It's a shame, b/c if they offered it on the carriers I would definitely pick this phone over all others. They should have tried to go that route instead of trying to raise 32 million to make a limited run of phones.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 14:40

10. gazmatic (Posts: 502; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


i want this. make it happen

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 16:40

11. MistB (Posts: 543; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Damn, such a shame this is looking unlikely. I was actually looking forward to this more than anything else in 2014 with the 4GB of RAM/128 GB of memory with the ability to dual boot Android and Ubuntu. I hope they have a backup plan to make this a reality.

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 01:49

13. roscuthiii (Posts: 1712; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Ugh... I don't plan on being in the market for a new phone until mid/late 2014. I was hoping for this to take off so it could be my next handset.

But, it did seem like a lofty goal right from the outset.

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