Ubuntu Edge – A Dual Compatible Smartphone & the most successful crowd funded initiative

by August 26, 2013 0 comments

Heard of Ubuntu Edge, a high end Smartphone Canonical Ltd was planning to launch? The phone was to be manufactured through Indiegogo and the funds for it were collected through crowd-funding. Since, they wished to project Ubuntu Edge as a device for demonstrating latest technological developments.  Within the very first day, Ubuntu Edge crowdfunding was able to raise £2.2 million which was a record by itself. The campaign ended on 21th August and the total sum collected was $12,809,906. Unfortunately, the campaign failed to meet the goal of $32 million.

Ubuntu EdgeThe device was supposed to function as a high-end Smartphone and could be attached to related PC accessories such as monitor, keyboard and a mouse to serve as desktop computers running on the Ubuntu OS.

Making it a powerful device, the Ubuntu Edge would have been equipped with 4 GB RAM and a multi-core processor along with 128 GB internal storage capacity. Making it user friendly is the micro SIM slot, two cameras viz. 8 MP rear camera and 2 MP front-facing camera. The device was likely to feature a 4.5″ sapphire crystal display with a 1280 x 720 HD resolution. Moreover, it would have pumped in a few more additional features such as a compass, barometer, accelerometer, GPS and a gyroscope.

Moving over to its software capabilities, the Edge would have booted Android along with Ubuntu Touch. It would have been the first phone ever to dual-boot between 2 different operating systems. When attached to a monitor, the phone could have been used as a fully integrated Ubuntu PC.

Had the campaign been a success, the Ubuntu Edge would have turned into a revolution. The money will now be refunded. But, the failure has in no ways deterred the founders of Canonical. So, don’t be surprised if Canonical comes with with another cool concept, and who knows, this one may turn out to be an instant hit.

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