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Shuttleworth says Ubuntu Edge has inspired others, including Apple and Samsung

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Shuttleworth says Ubuntu Edge has inspired others, including Apple and Samsung
The Ubuntu Edge was a tech geek's dream. It was ambitious and forward thinking, but apparently too much so, because the project failed to gather the support needed to make it happen. Of course, that isn't going to stop Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth from claiming that the Ubuntu superphone concept has inspired other manufacturers including Apple and Samsung.

Canonical held an Ubuntu On Air Town Hall Hangout yesterday where Shuttleworth, Ubuntu Community Manager Jono Bacon, Ubuntu VP of Engineering Rick Spencer, and VP of Mobile and Online Services Cristian Parrino answered questions from the community. The chat was quite interesting if you want to know more about Ubuntu Touch and how it works, but there was an interesting moment near the end that has garnered headlines. Shuttleworth fielded the question: "Do you think that the Ubuntu Edge will ever exist?"

Shuttleworth began by lamenting the fact that the Edge never got off the ground because it was a device that "pooled together the future in the palm of your hands." He then went on to point out that Apple has purchased three years worth of sapphire glass from the same company that Canonical had approached about the Edge, and that Apple has started calling its A7 a "desktop class processor", which is what Canonical had wanted for the Edge. He even goes so far as to point out that devices from Samsung are aiming to have the same 3GB of RAM that was planned for the Edge. 

Sure, any forward thinking concept could make the same claims at some point or another. We have seen concept renders over the years that sounded unrealistic at the time, but times change. When it was proposed, the Ubuntu Edge was pushing the limits, but not out of the realm of possibility, so it shouldn't be too surprising to see devices coming along that match its promise.

As we said, the whole video is quite interesting, but if you specifically want the comment we're talking about above, just jump to 30:15 mark. 

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posted on 20 Feb 2014, 11:02 13

1. UglyFrank (Posts: 1930; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)

The edge should've been released, it was perfect

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 11:16

2. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Agreed...leave to other companies to snuff out the competition - phone would had been awesome, except no one here would probably buy it - no marketing, and all people see here are iphones and now galaxies...

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 12:42 4

4. Sauce (unregistered)

Because thats all you need

Galaxy or iPhone

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 16:51 1

7. Tsoliades (Posts: 228; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)


posted on 20 Feb 2014, 11:54 3

3. HTCOE (Posts: 635; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)

Microsoft should invest in Unbutu and have the Unbutu team on board to create the Surface phone in my opinion

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 14:06

9. CEMIII (Posts: 110; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)

Agreed Microsoft is trying to unify their OS so it just ports from desktop to tablet to handheld

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 12:57 3

5. mobi_user (Posts: 152; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)

I will build my dream phone with 1TB of storage capacity.
Remember if someone else comes out first with that, they have stolen my idea.


posted on 20 Feb 2014, 13:56 1

6. MrPhilo (Posts: 52; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)

3gb RAM was probably planned before they even announced Ubuntu Edge lol, it was just a matter of time. So no I don't think Ubuntu edge inspired 3gb

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 01:23

8. nlbates66 (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)

like so many things, just because it was said by apple doesn't make it true, sure they moved to a 64-bit ARM processor in their iPhone but it's still an arm processor and even the weakest cheapest desktop processors of today (or even 4 years ago) laugh at such a thing, as for them thinking that their specs such as "fastest x86 or arm processor" as they had posted on their website meant anything, these sorts of lines mean as much coming from them as they do when they're coming from the kid at primary school that claims their dads PC at home is "the fastest one" because it totally said so on the box.

as for most of the other stuff, just as with PC's, included RAM has always increased on smartphones, doesn't take a genius to work out that if it's going 256MB-512MB-1GB that it might eventually become 3GB or more.

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 11:44

10. sarge77 (Posts: 202; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

My g2 has 2 gbs and android is a memory hog always uses aloy but ubuntu is great it doesnt use alot of ram when you close an app is closed but in backgrounds barely using 1mg or less

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