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Ubuntu Edge fails to meet its ambitious $32 million crowdfunding target

It’s been exactly a month since Canonical launched its crowdfunding attempt to bring the Ubuntu Edge to life, so how did things turn out? Not so good. Despite enthusiasm and wide coverage, the phone missed the $32 million funding target.

Almost 20,000 people donated to the project in the hopes of getting their hands on a dual-boot Linux and Android superphone, but the IndieGoGo campaign only accumulated $12.8 million. And since the project failed to meet its funding goal, the phone won’t be produced at all. Anyone who contributed to the campaign, though, will see their money returned within five working days.

Still, the leader of the project, Mark Shuttleworth, hasn’t been deterred from his long term goal. “The big winner from this campaign is Ubuntu,” he wrote in an update at the end of the campaign. “While we passionately wanted to build the Edge to showcase Ubuntu on phones, the support and attention it received will still be a huge boost as other Ubuntu phones start to arrive in 2014.” And the Edge did ultimately come away with one achievement: it’s the world’s biggest crowdfunding campaign to date so far, breezing past the $10.2 million raised by the Pebble smartwatch on Kickstarter last year.

While Canonical’s hardware won’t be produced, the team will still be working on Ubuntu for mobile devices to try and push convergence devices forward. Ubuntu for Android is currently under development, and other phones running Ubuntu should start to make an appearence soon enough.


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