updated 05:48 am EDT, Thu August 22, 2013
Canonical Ubuntu Edge fails to reach $32m funding target
Despite breaking all previous records for crowd funded hardware projects, Canonical's Ubuntu Edge has failed to reach its lofty $32 million target. Despite raising $12.8 million through funding from over 27,000 backers, Canonical fell well short of its target by almost $20 million ending the project. With the campaign to launch its own smartphone ended, the company issued a statement on its campaign site telling early adopters to "look out for Ubuntu on smartphones in 2014," although it seems that these won't be running on Canonical's own hardware.
The Ubuntu Edge promised to be the first Ubuntu OS smartphone to debut the unique UI that worked as smartphone on its own, or could boot into a full Linux-based desktop OS when connected to an external monitor, keyboard and mouse. It could also support Android. The Edge offered a unique premium angular design that now looks as though it won't end up being produced in volume. It was to offer a high-end dual-core processor matched with 4GB of RAM and fitted with 128GB of storage that would have formed a strong foundation for its proposed functionality.
The news contrasts with an announcement by Finnish startup Jolla, that it has sold out of its first run of Sailfish OS smartphones, estimated at between 30,000 and 50,000 units. Unlike Canonical, Jolla launched a more traditional pre-sale offering that was not set against a deadline, but also set a more modest price target for its handset at $515 against Canonical's asking price, which initially ran as high as $830 although settled at $695. Although Jolla has not revealed its actual sales to date, it has promised that it will launch a second pre-order opportunity in the fall, while planning to ship the devices before the end of 2013.