Ubuntu smartphone project gets second bite of cherry

This time it promises to build 40,000 phoneputers

no sign of nexcrea's ubuntu phone

Owning separate mobile phones and laptops will become a thing of the past if Canonical’s¬† bid to develop the Ubuntu Edge Smartphone gets its way. Judging from the way the project is smashing the record for the largest ever amount to be sourced from crowdfunding, it looks like a pretty sure thing. There are still six days of the campaign to run. And it had already raised $10,266,844 at around 4am BST this morning [September 16th 2013]. Last week also saw the Ubuntu Edge receive its first corporate backer in the shape of media specialist, Bloomberg, which pledged $80,000 for its ‘Enterprise 115′ package.

The concept behind the Ubuntu Edge smartphone will already be familiar to regular GoMo News readers. We nicknamed it a ‘ponepuer’ here.

It’s simple. The same device runs two separate OS which are deployed depending on its operating mode.

The Ubuntu Edge smartphone will run Android and Ubuntu’s OS as a desktop.

So when you plug in a keyboard and monitor, the device converts into a fully integrated desktop PC capable of running Ubuntu compatible apps.

What Canonical cleverly fails to mention is that this isn’t the first time crowdfunding has been utilised for the Ubuntu project. See our 2012 report here.

“We felt that innovation had substantially slowed down in the mobile industry, so wanted to address this,” Canonical’s CEO, Jane Silber, said.

She continued, “We’re still astonished by the generosity of our community and will continue to do all we can to make the Ubuntu Edge a reality.”

The handsets are only being offered to supporters pledging $695 or more. They will not be available to buy at launch.

Hmm. Back in 2012, a company called NexCrea claimed it would offer the NexPhone plus a NexDock for an estimated price of $499. We’ve just been onto the site and there’s still no sign of it shipping.

There a Ubuntu 101 for those who want a bit more background here.

The Ubuntu Edge smartphone appeal is being run on Indiegogo  here. It has a funding target of $32m to fund a single production run of 40,000 units.

But actually you can already get a phoneputer in the shape of a Motorola Atrix. See our report here.

There’s a little known fact, however, that this ‘webtop’ capability is actually built into the Motorola RAZR XT910.

But it doesn’t run apps from a different OS in webtop mode. Only Android it seems, although we don’t know much about Motorola’s Webtop version 3.0.

About Tony Dennis

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2 Responses to Ubuntu smartphone project gets second bite of cherry

  1. DL says:

    But their crowd funding target is $32mn which they will never reach with 6 days left… so despite the fact they are smashing records.. they won’t receive a penny.

  2. admin says:

    You do have a point. Ubuntu recently tried to raise $32,000 but only got $12,000. See here.

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