If you are not part of the Ubuntu herd, you may have missed the news about their smartphone project. In a nutshell, the Edge was slated to be a top of the line smartphone with a clever bit of OS shenanigans running behind the scenes that would let it run a mobile OS, or the full Ubuntu desktop. As you can see from the picture, it’s also gorgeous. This page on the Ubuntu website lays it all out very well.
The rub comes with that bit about crowdfunding. While the project did raise an impressive $12.8 million, that is nearly $20 million short of where it needed to be. So things are on hold for the moment. But Mark Shuttleworth remains confident. The Guardian spoke with him as the fundraising campaign wound down and it sounds like Ubuntu will continue to pursue their plans for Ubuntu mobile.
That doesn’t necessarily bode well for the Edge. Much of the talk is about getting Ubuntu mobile in the hands of device manufacturers to use on lower end phones as an alternative to Android. That’s something I could see happening, but also something I have little interest in using. So, for now, it looks like the Edge was a great concept that will never see the light of day.
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