Interested in a smartphone with Ubuntu, head on over to Indiegogo and help finance it (Update)

Update: As of 12:30 pm (EST) on July 26, Canonical has raised $6,579,671. The company has since added new categories of rewards based on your contribution level. It has 27 days left to reach its goal of $32 million.

Today Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, announced a $32 million fund raising campaign on Indiegogo to get its device, the Edge, to market by May 2014. As a special introductory perk, those who contribute $600 before July 23 at 16:00 BST will get their very own Edge, the company is expected to be selling it for $830 at the time of release next year. See the Indieogo Campaign home for the various perks that you will get as a contributor. The device will have a 4.5 inch 720 p screen, with a quad core CPU, 4 GB of RAM, an incredible 128 GB of storage, 8MP rear / 2 MP front facing camera and stereo speakers. In terms of connectivity, the Edge will likely have a LTE radio, dual band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC. True to its word of trying to merge the desktop and mobile operating systems, the phone will be capable of running Ubuntu or Android and will turn into a PC when docked with an external monitor. The Edge will only be developed if Canonical reaches its goal of $32 million by August 21, as of July 22 at 12:30 pm (EST), it was at $240,000 so it is well on its way. If the goal is not reached the company says that it will continue to pursue its strategy of developing and bringing to market a more basic Ubuntu smartphone.

Sources: Engadget, The Verge and Indiegogo


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