Ubuntu Edge fails to meet goal despite setting crowdfunding record

Canonical Ubuntu EdgeIf you were hoping that your next smartphone would be an Ubuntu Edge, today will come with some disappointing news. Canonical’s Indiegogo campaign to build a ultra-high end smartphone powered by its Ubuntu mobile operating system closed today without meeting its target. It raised nearly US$13 million, a crowdfunding record, but it still came up short of the US$32 million it was hoping to raise.

So ends a crazy month. We’ve broken records, we’ve been written and talked about across the world, we’ve worn out our F5 keys, and we’ve learned a lot of invaluable lessons about crowdfunding. Our bold campaign to build a visionary new device ultimately fell short, but we can take away so many positives.

Among those positives, Canonical’s Mark Shuttleworth thinks that the attention the campaign got “will still be a huge boost as other Ubuntu phones start to arrive in 2014.”

The Ubuntu Edge promised to be quite the smartphone. Powered by “best quad-core processor on the market” and dual-booting into Android and Ubuntu mobile, it would have come with a 4.5-inch HD (720×1280) display, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of onboard storage, dual-LTE connectivity, a sapphire glass body, and a silicon-anode battery.

Should Ubuntu have set itself a more achievable goal? Even at the reduced cost of US$695, the Ubuntu Edge remained an expensive and untested proposition. Perhaps Canonical’s campaign would have done better with a less powerful but also less expensive device.

One thing is for sure: We’ve not heard the last of Ubuntu mobile.

Source : Indiegogo