Long headline, eh? Three main points –
- Canonical Ubuntu Edge
- Dual-booting Android and Ubuntu, or any other Linux distro of your liking
- $32 Million crowdfunding target in 31 days.
That’s basically the essence of this piece of news. Canonical has just launched an Indiegogo project for a $32 Million fund; a fund that will be used for making the Ubuntu Edge. Ubuntu Edge is a smartphone from Canonical that can dual-boot and will run Android and Ubuntu at launch. The device comes with some good specs, and a design that reminds of the Microsoft Surface’s lines, but it looks great even after knowing so.
The Canonical Ubuntu Edge is something the company has always wanted to do – they’ve been talking about this for an year or two, but I don’t remember if the smartphone was in the pipeline too. There’s a Ubuntu Touch developer preview that was released a few months back, but it has since been that much.
Now, back to the Ubuntu Edge. It’s got some good specs, but by the time it releases in the market next year (May 2014), it might as well be a mid-ranger.
- Android and Ubuntu dual-boot
- 4.5″ Sapphire Crystal display, 1,280 x 720 pixels
- Multi core processor
- 8 MP low-light camera, LED flash; 2 MP front facing camera
- 4 GB RAM, 128 GB internal memory
- Stereo speakers with HD audio, dual-mic recording, Active Noise Cancellation
- Dual-band LTE, Wi-fi b/g/n
- Li-ion battery
So, what you’ll be carrying in your palm (assuming you buy the device) is a phone that can run Android, one which can access Ubuntu from within Android, and one which can run Ubuntu on the mobile. If you connect the device to a PC, you’ll have a Ubuntu PC. No need to synchronize anything from and to the PC – what you have on the device is what you’ll be able to see and use on the PC after connecting it. And oh, answer phone calls and use your apps from the PC, too.
Sounds excellent, even for those who currently do not use Ubuntu or any other Linux distro.
I’m quite intrigued, yes, but if you’re wondering what the device looks like from different angles, here’s a gallery.
We have a teaser as well.