Ubuntu Edge smartphone is dead, but lower-end variants still in the cards

By Jos
Aug 22, 2013
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  1. Canonical’s Indiegogo campaign to fund the development of an Ubuntu-based smartphone has come to a close and, as expected, it fell short of its ambitious goal -- $19 million short to be precise. But the company isn’t chalking this up...

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  2. RenGood08

    RenGood08 TS Booster Posts: 185   +13

    That kind of stinks. I kinda wanted to see where this would go.
    Jad Chaar likes this.
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,156   +1,431

    This whole enterprise was stinking from day one. With today's over-abundance of suppliers of phone parts, the budget for delivering such phone to the market should have never reached that kind of estimate. From the amount they were seeking, I suspect half of it would be spent on top execs flying on their private jets and gloating about a good finance campaign they pulled.
    hahahanoobs likes this.
  4. It is very clearly any of new OS phone won't success. It's just too hard to enter the market with iOS and Android. Take a look at the Blackberry and Windows Phone 8. They are better and have more finance than Ubuntu Edge does, but they are very suggles to win over iOS and Android.
  5. Teko03

    Teko03 TS Maniac Posts: 318   +117

    +1, Blackberry is on it's death bed, Microsoft's Windows Phone OS will survive and continue to slowly increase in market share with the loads of money Microsoft has at its disposal.
  6. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    If it had a Full HD screen I would be interested. But yeah, I would have liked to see this on the market.
    RenGood08 likes this.
  7. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,163   +197

    agree with you there, mate.
    blackberry should ally now with Microsoft to create 'windows phone 8.1 black' (with customized blackberry ui and built-in apps) or join the android party if it pleases the company.
  8. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,519   +2,060

    That's as likely to happen as Google & Apple becoming partners then releasing an OS called 'AndroIOS'
  9. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,519   +2,060

    I'm disappointed this project was stillborn. I'm an admirer of Mark Shuttleworth, he is after all a South African like me.
  10. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,163   +197

    how about ANDiOS? :) (or ADiOS for that matter ? :) )
    there is no certainty in life just like the large Bank of England which collapsed after a trader did something wrong.
    android is here to stay on top, at least in the foreseeable future; apple will continue to 'lead' in the high-end segment.
    the question is what is blackberry's future? also, what will happen to Microsoft's windows phone OS?
    something's gotta give in the mobile world's 'eat or be eaten' environment.
    Skidmarksdeluxe likes this.
  11. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,519   +2,060

    Well said. What I see happening is that Android (for us normal folk & the masses) & Apple (for the idle rich & wannabe's) will remain at the top for some time yet and competition to each other, Blackberry will be quietly bought out by some entity and disappear (it'll be a pity).
    As for MS... the joker in the pack... I dunno but I wouldn't ever write them off.

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