At the start of this week one of the most interesting news was the presentation of the Ubuntu project financing Edge, a “super phone” that Canonical wants to realize by May next year. According to the British company’s intention is to create a device to push the boundaries of innovation in the mobile world and set the bar higher for the rest of the market makers.
a reality Canonical needs money, a lot. The firm launched a crowdfunding through Indiegogo with the aim of getting 32 million by community input. The initiative has 30 days to obtain the sum and the beginning is promising, with over U.S. $ 3.5 million raised at the time of writing this article.
emphasize the convergence between mobile and desktop platforms . For this reason Ubuntu Edge is not limited to be a smartphone, but a PC that runs the full version of Ubuntu when connected to an external monitor via HDMI. It is not the first time the company founded by Mark Shuttleworth prefers the concept of convergence, as we saw also applied to Android and Ubuntu Ubuntu Phone OS.
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To meet its goal
Ubuntu Edge need the perfect combination of software and hardware . Final specifications of the phone are subject to change but no concrete data as the inclusion of 4 GB of RAM, 128 GB storage (SSD), dual antenna LTE, dual-band WiFi, NFC, camera 8 megapixel front camera 2 megapixel.
The device will be completely made of metal and presented with a screen of 4.5 inches with a resolution of 1280 × 720 pixels protected with sapphire crystal . Still do not know what processor will use Ubuntu Edge, although according to Canonical choose “the fastest multicore alternative” once the design.
the smartphone will come with dual boot Ubuntu and Android Phone OS. In both cases allow full integration with the desktop version of Ubuntu to connect a monitor via HDMI.
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As mentioned earlier the materialization of Ubuntu Edge upon fulfilling the primary economic goal Indiegogo. Canonical has made it clear that if you do not get the 32 million it needs the project will take place : “We appreciate all the support we receive within 30 days and each donor will be welcome to the Ubuntu community. If we do not reach the goal we will focus only on commercially available devices and no Ubuntu Edge “.
To get funding
were enabled different levels of contributions. Those who wish to work as “founders” of the project can pay from $ 20, but those who want Ubuntu unit should pay Edge from greenbacks 830 . During the first day of campaigning also able to book the phone in exchange for U.S. $ 600 but the promotion was sold out immediately.
the opening day of the campaign broke records with over $ 3 million funding also enabled a package that includes two units of Ubuntu Edge for $ 1,400. If the project succeeds devices will be delivered in May 2014 ; shipping in the U.S. and UK will be free but for the rest of the world will have a surcharge of U.S. $ 30 intended for shipping.
Beyond the initial excitement for the ambitious project also raised concerns and complaints, especially in the UK. The British financiers do not yet know if the price stipulated for Ubuntu Edge include value added tax (VAT, for its acronym in English) or whether they should pay 20% more besides. Canonical is expected to resolve this doubt in no time.
not available commercially as the other smartphones on the market. If you get the funding sought Canonical produce only 40,000 units (without limitations or blocking operators otherwise) that will be distributed only among those who have contributed the amounts required by Indiegogo campaign. According to Mark Shuttleworth, if the project is successful it may be do a campaign like that every year.
What do you think of the bold initiative? Canonical?’ll Get the money? Do you think Edge will provide innovation Ubuntu promised? Do not hesitate to say in the comments.