Ubuntu has invited early adopters to join a crowd-funding ventures as part of its campaign to launch Ubuntu Edge, a hybrid PC and mobile phone platform.
42498_Mark-Shuttleworth.jpg He claimed that pressure to sell millions of handsets was holding back manufacturers from adopting new technology.
"There isn't a proving ground for new technology," he said. "Crowd-funding connects innovators with early adopters and spreads risk."
This enables manufacturers to extend a two- to three-year lead on smartphone innovation, according to Shuttleworth. He believes the project would attract funding from enterprises and gadget fans.
"We have a bank who wants to deploy 40,000," he said.
The project aims to develop the Ubuntu Edge, converging a mobile OS and desktop OS in a single device. The funding campaign aims to raise
"We have deep roots in the PC industry. There is strong interest for full convergence between [PC] and mobile devices."
The core specification bridges mobile and PC devices, he explained.
"We will have laptop class storage in a handheld device." He said it will include an unbreakable sapphire screen, dual band LTE and a silicon anode battery.
The Ubuntu Edge will dual boot Ubuntu phone OS and Android, and will transform into a PC when connected to a monitor, with the full Ubuntu desktop and shared access to all the phone's file
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