Canonical Is Looking To Raise $32 Million Through Crowd-Funding For Smartphone

Posted Jul 23, 2013

Canonical is the company behind the open source operating system Ubuntu.  Canonical has turned to crowd-funding website Indiegogo to raise $32 million for a limited edition smartphone called the Ubuntu Edge.  The funding will be used for developing and mass producing the Ubuntu Edge.  However, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth said “we’re not trying to get into the phone business.”

People that donate $20 will be listed on the Ubuntu Edge Founders page.  Backers that put in $600 will get a special 24-hour introductory price with free shipping within the U.S. and U.K.  Backers that put in $830 will receive the exclusive Ubuntu Edge smartphone.  Donating $10,000 will give the backer one of the first 50 numbered Ubuntu Edge smartphones to come off the production line and will give them e-mail access to the designers and engineers building the phone and its apps.  They will also get an exclusive VIP invite to join Mark Shuttleworth at the unveiling event.  Backers that put in $80,000 includes 100 Ubuntu Edge smartphones, access to best-practice workshops, and 30 days of online support to help CIPs and IT managers integrate Ubuntu for Android into the workplace.

The Ubuntu Edge “super phone” includes a 4.5-inch display, 1280 x 720 resolution, multi-core CPU, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a 2-megapixel front camera.  It also has dual-LTE, dual-band 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, and GPS.  The Edge will be able to boot into Ubuntu or Android.

“At that point you’ll have a leading-edge smartphone that runs Ubuntu and Android, both of which can also run a fully integrated Ubuntu desktop OS,” stated Canonical.  The mobile operating system will be updated monthly.  Backers can expected to get the phone by May 2014.

So far Canonical has already raised $3.4 million out of the $32 million goal with 30 days left.