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The Ubuntu Edge – The Phone That Never Was

Posted In News, Reviews - By AndroidPress on Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 With No Comments »


One of thee most powerful phones to ever be conceived will, unfortunately, never see the light of day.  The Ubuntu Edge, a super spec-ed dual booting monster, has officially failed to achieve its crowdfunding goal over on Indiegogo.  On the one hand the Canonical team achieved some amazing things.  They broke the crowd funding record by raising an incredible $12 812 766.  They have proved that there is a lot of interest in a new OS.  And they have proved shown that converged computing is not only possible, but likely the future.

On the other hand, it’s a huge disappointment (especially as a backer of the project) to know that I won’t be getting to play around with and some people have begun to question whether or not Canonical ever planned to actually make this device.  As I’ve been following the Ubuntu Edge project, I’ve been reading through comments from people all around the world and there’s definitely a lot of people who feel like Canonical used this as a publicity stunt and a marketing opportunity from the very beginning and never really planned on making the device.  Now I don’t know that I’m completely on the same page as them but the idea has definitely crossed my mind.  32 million is a ridiculous goal for any crowd sourced project.  In order to achieve that goal in devices alone (in other words, without the founder support), they would have had to sell roughly 45 000 devices.  While it’s not an un-achievable, it is a little far fetched

I guess we’ll have to wait and see what the Canonical team does next.  Perhaps they give it another go but lower the goal a little bit or perhaps they finally get some actual manufacturers on board with their OS.  For those of you who did back it, the team notes that your money should be back in your PayPal account within 5 days.


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