News came today that Ubuntu firm Canonical are looking to crowdsource $32M in order to build a new line of Ubuntu-powered smartphones.
Since the company was founded in 2004 by Mark Shuttleworth, Canonical now has offices in 30 countries around the world including an office in the Isle of Man, UK. Fancy!
They have the vision to deliver free open source software solutions that match their commercial rivals and have been growing rapidly over last 9 years. Their Ubuntu Edge Crowd Funding Campaign already has about $5M pledged and has 29 days left still. The goal of the Ubuntu Edge project is to create a superior range of devices that push the boundaries of mobile technology and speed up progress of the mainstream mobile phone consumer market. The video released shows an insight into what they think they are going to be able to deliver and why it will change the world.
Ubuntu Edge is about providing a lower volume phone manufacturer but with a loyal following of tech enthusiasts who will pay premium prices for bleeding edge Ubuntu mobile devices. The specification listed on their crowd funding page is extremely exciting but to the extent that it's almost too good to be true. As well as having a dual boot option for both Ubuntu and Android OS the handset will also be powerful enough to be used as a fully functioning PC when connected to a monitor.
How can I get one?
For a tiny sum of $625 pledged to the campaign 1307 people are now crossing their fingers hoping that sometime in May 2014 an Ubuntu Edge smart phone turns up in their post box. For a small fortune of $10,000 you can get your hands on one of the first 50 manufactured edge smart phones, exclusively numbered. So in reality all you need to do is trade in your BlackBerry Porsche Design or your newly packaged iPhone 5 through our site and you should be well on your way to gathering up the funds for the future of mobile computing! (...in a years time)