Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Crowd Funding: $ 32 million for the Ubuntu Smartphone - Spiegel Online

The British software vendor Canonical wants to develop its first smartphone, the Ubuntu Edge, finance via crowdfunding. Would like to collect at least $ 32 million for the manufacturer of the Linux operating system Ubuntu. Since Monday supporters are on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo sought that are willing to invest 20-80000 dollars in the project.

By Tuesday morning there are already $ 3.2 million, from 6400 supporters come together. As usual with crowdfunding projects that supporters must pay their share ultimately only if the fundraising goal is reached. Canonical is for one months time, the funding phase for the Edge ending on 21 August.

To support the project not only in principle but also to get a smartphone, interested parties must invest at least $ 830. For shipment to Germany will add more $ 30.

4.5-inch screen, 128 gigabytes of storage space

How much tech you get for the equivalent of around 630 euros? According to the Canonical copywriting Edge especially impressive in that it can be connected via HDMI monitors. Subsequently, the smartphone should be like a desktop PC with Ubuntu use. On request, the machine can also start using Google’s Android operating system.


to bring a 4.5-inch screen, the Edge, plus at least four gigabytes of memory and 128 gigabytes of storage space the “fastest multi-core processor” are not described in detail. A camera with eight megapixels, the manufacturer promises. As estimated delivery Canonical calls the May 2014.

The Ubuntu operating system for phones, which is the Edge based Canonical was presented in January at the CES tech trade show. After a short test first time we came to the conclusion that Canonical is not re-invented the smartphone, but the issue has added some interesting nuances and good ideas.


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