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The Ubuntu Edge shatters crowdfunding record, will still probably fail to meet goal

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The Ubuntu Edge shatters crowdfunding record, will still probably fail to meet goal

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.

source: IndiegogoUbuntu-Edge

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posted on 16 Aug 2013, 09:10 6

1. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2287; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)

So does that mean, no one will be getting the device?? Ouch........

posted on 16 Aug 2013, 09:32 2

2. McLTE (Posts: 922; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Too bad, hopefully a few corporate sponsors will step up.

I would have contributed, but I cannot ever see myself toting around a phone again with a screen size less than 5.5". Make this phone note 2 size, or at least an option and I'll come running with my money!

posted on 16 Aug 2013, 09:32 1

3. pradeepreddy (Posts: 65; Member since: 01 Apr 2013)

i still don't understand, why do they need that much money.
why can't they release the OS to public like cynogenmod & license it for the manufacturers...

i think it's a good way to start in this hectic competetion.

posted on 16 Aug 2013, 11:03

7. FakeMatt (Posts: 38; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)

It wasn't about the OS, it was about funding the flagship hardware. I mean sure, they can offer it up just like Android, but what they wanted to do was take the iPhone approach, and optimize both the hardware and software experience.

posted on 16 Aug 2013, 12:32 2

8. McLTE (Posts: 922; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Right. This is a project that's supposed to change everything about smart phones and really make a phone like computer platform - not something that can be done today.

But it's a good point.. if they raise 10+ million, seems like that would surely be enough to get to a point where they can make X amount of progress and make it easier to secure additional funding.

posted on 16 Aug 2013, 09:40 3

4. procopiojose (Posts: 132; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

paging samsung.. fund this project and you will be unstoppable..

posted on 16 Aug 2013, 10:23

5. zennacko (Posts: 237; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)

If a carrier funds this, it won't be doomed to failure, but then, it's main point is the freedom, as in, no carrier exclusive, ever. And if they're funded by a carrier, this part will be gone for sure.

posted on 16 Aug 2013, 10:39

6. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1311; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

how many of the general public even know what ubuntu is? heck alot of us here probably haven't used ubuntu before.

I dont see anything special with this phone, i mean im sure 2014 phones are gonna be close or equal to this phone. The only thing that catches my attention is the rumored 128gb internal memory.

I only see tech nerds who will buy this phone, and is it practical to dual boot this phone to ubuntu and connect it to a monitor or TV? how often will people do this, when most of the time people use their phones for calls, internet browsing and playing games? Most people would already have laptops and PCs for other uses anyway.

posted on 16 Aug 2013, 12:54

9. Chris.P (Posts: 567; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)

That's exactly the point though -- the phone IS aimed at 'tech nerds'. Has Ubuntu Touch been validated as a mobile OS? Hell no, and if WP taught us any lesson, then Canonical's brainchild has a lot ground to cover, to put it lightly.

What's more, the 128 gigs is arguably one of the less impressive internals (iPhone 5S is actually rumored to come in a 128GB variant anyway). But no, I don't think 2014 phones are going to be that close, at least not in terms of raw computing power, nor in terms of offering a true PC capabilities.

I think people are wildly underestimating what this project means, to be fair. I look at the Ubuntu Edge and I see the future of computing -- extremely high powered, pocketable computers that you can carry around with you anywhere, the ultimate converging experience. This is of course my personal opinion, and also a fair bit of what I'd like to see the future bring.

posted on 17 Aug 2013, 01:51 1

13. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 533; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)

I've been wanting to replace my PC with a phone for a long time, with smartphones over the years I've been able to do away with stand alone devices for music, GPS, camera, video, portable gaming, note taking (eg ipaq), voice recording, even my TV remote. When the Motorola Atrix and its' lapdock came on the scene in iirc 2011, I thought it wouldn't be long before we'd get a phone capable or replacing a PC. And when Microsoft announced windows for ARM chips I thought it wouldn't be long. Alas it hasn't come to fruition yet.

I thought maybe Microsoft & Nokia might've created a dual booting WP8 / Win8RT device. When used as a phone it would use the WP8 interface, when docked or connected to an external monitor it could boot into Win8RT. Sure RT is restricitve but at least it can still multiwindow like a boss (I dont believe iOS or Android can do this), combined with a full browser and office it would be sufficient for many peoples needs.

My dream is to have my phone as a phone when out and about. Then come home and use it as a PC. The PC part would be achieved by tapping the phone against an NFC enabled dock which would then cause the phone to load up a desktop OS and connect the phone to a monitor wirelessly (using widi tech or the tech used in the HTC/Samsung streaming hubs) and also connect the phone to a bluetooth keyboard/mouse. The dock would also have wireless charging built in. So basically come home place the phone on the dock which will then wirelessly charge the phone as well as connect it to monitor and peripherals - all done with out the need to connect any cables, press any buttons, or mess with any settings. When you're done simply pick up the phone and walk away, it recognises it is out of range of the dock and goes back to phone OS mode. You could also have security built into the dock so that if you chose you could secure all your files so that they aren't accessible unless connected to a specific dock(s). - well... dreams are free, maybe someday it will come real.

posted on 16 Aug 2013, 15:36

10. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)

Who the hell made the 80 thousand dollars donation?

posted on 16 Aug 2013, 17:06

11. promise7 (Posts: 891; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


posted on 16 Aug 2013, 22:02

12. philansel7 (Posts: 27; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)

Even Nokia 3310 is the slimmest phone in the world compare to this one.

posted on 17 Aug 2013, 10:48

14. Chakra (Posts: 135; Member since: 02 Dec 2009)

So exactly what does this mean? If they don't reach their goal, do people get their money back? Because if not, I have tons of ideas for crowdfunding. :)

posted on 18 Aug 2013, 09:19

15. Chris.P (Posts: 567; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)

I think you pretty much answered your own question :)... but yeah, they do.

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