The first smartphone touting the Ubuntu operating system is set to be paid for by a crowdfunding campaign aiming to raise $32m.
Canonical announced yesterday its plans to fund the forthcoming Ubuntu Edge, thanks to a 30 day funding round on the Indiegogo site. Only 40,000 devices will be built, with backers committing $600 on the first day of the funding round receiving the device, or $830 thereafter. Funders will have to wait to get their hands on the smartphone, with its release not scheduled until May 2014.
The Ubuntu Edge will run both Ubuntu and Android and will turn into a PC when connected to a monitor. It will carry 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. While specs are subject to change, it is planned to have a 4.5 inch screen, 8MP rear camera and will be 4G enabled.
Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu, said: 'To make the future of mobile happen we’ll have to smash every record in crowdfunding history. But if there are enough enthusiasts who want the ultimate in performance, storage, screen, battery and bandwidth, Ubuntu Edge will be the catalyst for awesome innovation, and a taste of the future of the phone.'
Author: Graeme Neill