Ubuntu Edge breaks crowd source funding record; may not reach final goal

On Monday, we noted that the Indiegogo campaign to raise $32 million for the Ubuntu Edge smartphone was well behind its rather lofty goal with 10 days to go. Today, the campaign celebrated a major funding milestone, but it may turn out to be a pyrrhic victory in the end.

The Indiegogo page announced that earlier this morning, the Ubuntu Edge campaign exceeded the $10,266,845 amount that was raised by the Pebble smartwatch campaign on Kickstarter in 2012. The post stated that makes the Ubuntu Edge the " ... the world’s biggest ever fixed crowdfunding campaign."

Even with that high number, the truth is that the with less than a week to go before the campaign ends, the Ubuntu Edge still needs to raise over $21.5 million, as of this writing, to reach its goal. The campaign is trying to get small businesses to purchase the smartphones by offering a new tier of 10 devices for $7,000, combined with 14 days of online support.

It will be interesting to see if a last minute wave of orders allows the campaign to reach its goal, but at the current pace, it's unlikely that the Ubuntu Edge will be funded, at least by this method.

Source: Indiegogo | Image via Canonical

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The people who donated like $650 get a device whenever it's available. This isn't really money raised as much as it is people preordering the phone.

Glad they are trying but its unrealistic right now, even 18 months down the road... They should try to get ubuntu on existing hardware. Figure out some code and specific optimizations they could put on-die, then make that. By then one-device notions may be more accepted.

A new phone means another competitor on the market wich means more price/hardware battles=buyers win in the end. However the market is saturated by phones with same hardware/different operating systems (Smash chocolate under Twix cover) and the market is fragmented already. Also thats a lot of money to gather there.

I've been saying for a while now, Microsoft should work with Windows Phone and give it Windows RT when docked. With edge, even if it doesn't make it on indie go go, the project will eventually filter down into Android devices anyway so we're going to see the tech coming at some point. As a tool, the desktop PC will be largely dead at that point (as much as I hate the thought of it).

Being able to run a full fledged desktop adds value to phones that come already with an expensive price tag.

It won't do much for you if you need a specialized workstation, but for the average home use (browsing, music, movies...) there's really no need to fork $200 or $300 for a desktop or laptop when you could be doing everything running the desktop on your phone.

And then it also provides phone integration when running on desktop mode, which means you can still use every phone functionality from there instead of going to and fro different devices.

Will try to ignore the stupid, pointless trolling that will no doubt pervade this thread.

I think it's impressive this has got such high funding, and it's a real shame it probably won't make the target - though I hope it does. Not for me as I'm not a Linux user, but really, having your main computer with you in your pocket, that you can just hook up to a display whenever you want the full computing experience - that doesn't interest some of you guys? Are you trying to say that if Microsoft hadn't done this, you wouldn't be crying tears of fanboy joy? It seems to be one of the reasons that Surface Pro has appealed to so many people (make it your main computer, but take it on the road with you) - not sure why this is seen as a 'useless project' or giving away 'money for nothing'.

Maybe they'll reduce their funding target a little and try again - and I hope they succeed.

+Chicane-UK,

So anyone who does not have the same viewpoint as you is a troll and their opinions are stupid and pointless?

These are the facts:

Canonical has an idea for a phone. Instead of investing their own money, such as some of Shuttleworth's 500 million, they asked the general public to contribute. Not enough people have. Unless that changes in a week, the campaign has failed. Unsurprisingly, some people, like myself, may be happy that a for-profit company has failed to obtain enough "donations" for a questionable phone project.

You may not like it, but you could choose to deal with these facts without the belittling remarks. Your side lost. Life go on, so lace up your sneakers and get back out on the pitch and try again, dude. If the phone is that great, it will become a reality at some point.

Edited by COKid, Aug 16 2013, 8:54pm :

COKid said,
+Chicane-UK,

So anyone who does not have the same opinion as you is a troll? Well, that's mature.

No. I'm not saying that at all. Don't even try and imply it. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and I'm always interested to read opinions on these sorts of things.

But simply posting a one line dismissal of a project with absolutely no qualification for why you think it's a bad idea just bugs the hell out of me. If you have something intelligent to say, then great.

COKid said,
+Chicane-UK,

So anyone who does not have the same viewpoint as you is a troll and their opinions are stupid and pointless?

These are the facts:

Canonical has an idea for a phone. Instead of investing their own money, such as some of Shuttleworth's 500 million, they asked the general public to contribute. Not enough people have. Unless that changes in a week, the campaign has failed. Unsurprisingly, some people, like myself, may be happy that a for-profit company has failed to obtain enough "donations" for a questionable phone project.

You may not like it, but you could choose to deal with these facts without the belittling remarks. Your side lost. Life go on, so lace up your sneakers and get back out on the pitch and try again, dude. If the phone is that great, it will become a reality at some point.

People like you on Neowin change their opinions based on whether it's Microsoft or another company doing the lobbying. Chicane is right, Neowin is very hostile towards anything that isn't Microsoft (and I've used every version of Windows since 3.1)

Chicane-UK said,
but really, having your main computer with you in your pocket, that you can just hook up to a display whenever you want the full computing experience - that doesn't interest some of you guys?

yes it does... But not Linux

Chicane-UK said,
Not for me as I'm not a Linux user, but really, having your main computer with you in your pocket, that you can just hook up to a display whenever you want the full computing experience - that doesn't interest some of you guys?

I am not saying it is not interesting, but consider this:
I plug my cheap Ubuntu phone into the display and boot up the browser with Office 365/Google Docs (or in my case it would probably be koding.com or similiar).

Why would I want an expensive phone if my cheap phone can do that?

It's not nothing. The specifications of the device are actually very impressive, far more powerful than any Apple or Microsoft phone in the same price category. Show me another phone in that price range that has 4GB of ram and 128GB of storage.

Javik said,
It's not nothing. The specifications of the device are actually very impressive, far more powerful than any Apple or Microsoft phone in the same price category. Show me another phone in that price range that has 4GB of ram and 128GB of storage.

Why on earth do you even need 4GB of RAM in a smartphone? Makes no sense.

Spicoli said,
I guess there's just enough people that want to give their money away for nothing.
I wouldn't call it nothing if you love Linux. I personally would consider this thing a useless brick in my pocket. However, if MS can pull of the "Desktop" running off of a phone like they are showing here, I'd spend a pretty penny to have that experience.

This is why it is suspicious.
Why in the world would they be able to produce such a superior phone for this price?
Nokia has expertise all over the place in this area and their phones are fairly cheap compared to the competition. Now you're telling me these people will do everything more for less? I doubt it.
Won't happen. Wishful thinking. Sorry.

MrHumpty said,
I wouldn't call it nothing if you love Linux. I personally would consider this thing a useless brick in my pocket. However, if MS can pull of the "Desktop" running off of a phone like they are showing here, I'd spend a pretty penny to have that experience.

So it's a software religion thing and this is an offering plate?

yowanvista said,

Why on earth do you even need 4GB of RAM in a smartphone? Makes no sense.

It's going to be capable of running fully fledged desktop class applications. It basically has the same capabilities as a desktop version of Ubuntu, with some extra customisations to make the UI more touch friendly.

yowanvista said,

Why on earth do you even need 4GB of RAM in a smartphone? Makes no sense.

Because by the time this magical phone comes to market in 2018, 16 GB RAM phones will be common.

Spicoli said,
So it's a software religion thing and this is an offering plate?
Or, more precisely, a phone that those who are purchasing provides enough value for the money. Nobody is forcing anybody to buy this, not even some deity.

wingliston said,
Useless project.

I couldn't disagree with you more. The device specs would be great, blowing any current gen phone out the water, and the OS itself (IMO) is fantastic to look at and use (at least from the videos, I've not had the privilege of using it personally). In fact I might even go as far to say it's the best looking OS of the lot.

I know Ubuntu aren't huge but despite all the news coverage; they have only sold 15,000 devices. Their OS does have a big dedicated fanbase and the phone really does have impressive stats. Are people put off by the Ubuntu OS, are people unwilling to invest in a phone that hasn't went on public sale yet or are carriers essential to selling phones?

Edited by Gaffney, Aug 16 2013, 11:17pm :