The Ubuntu Edge crowdfunding project has missed its
But the failure hasn't deterred
Shuttleworth insisted that despite the failure, carriers and handset makers are definitely interested in building handsets which will run the mobile Linux - but that they will not be the top-end "superphones" which the Edge project hoped to produce.
The Edge would have been a smartphone with 128GB storage, running both Android and Ubuntu Mobile, and capable of working as a desktop computer when plugged into a large screen. If the
Speaking on Monday, Shuttleworth was still hopeful that there would be a last-minute intervention by a handset maker or industry player who would kick in
Looking ahead, Shuttleworth was dismissive of the Firefox OS and Android, and said that Ubuntu Mobile would be ideal for "the 25% of people who buy a smartphone but only use it as a phone" - and that the idea of the Ubuntu Edge, of a smartphone that would be powerful enough to also work as a PC, would eventually win people over.
In the end, though, only
But the majority of funding came from individuals pledging to buy a phone at between
"We have had behind-the-scenes approaches from industry players," he said. "But the clock [on the funding] is about what needs to be raised, and that's driven by the manufacturing costs of a high-end device."
He said though that his experience suggested that existing smartphones are overpriced. "If you look at something like [
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