It was six and a half months ago that Linux User & Developer travelled to a cold London on January 2nd to see Mark Shuttleworth unveil the latest creation from Canonical – the Ubuntu Phone. Running on a Galaxy Nexus, the prototype phone OS had some interesting ideas that we wrote about extensively at the time. One of the points Shuttleworth was adamant about though was that Canonical were already in talks with hardware partners for the future device. Nothing seems to have come from these talks yet, resulting in Canonical launching a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo for their own device.
The Ubuntu Edge Indiegogo seeks to raise $32,000,000, an incredible amount for a crowdfunding campaign, to be delivered starting from April next year. The phone’s stats are fairly impressive by todays standards, with 4 GB RAM, multi-core CPU and 128 GB of storage, It will have all the latest development in wireless tech, such as Bluetooth 4, N Wifi and Dual-LTE bands. It definitely sounds like it may be comparatively better than the Ouya at launch. The phone will dual boot to Android, and include Ubuntu for Android along with that.
Currently, there are only a few reward tiers, most of them tied into actually getting one of the devices. In the video for the project, Shuttleworth explains that they’re treating this as a high-end testing ground for the technology in the device, which is why some of the tiers are priced so highly.