Ubuntu Edge: Smartphone and Desktop PC in One State-of-the-art Device

Project launched July, 2013 From London, United Kingdom
Funding ended August 21, 2013 Financial goal $32,000,000


Ubuntu is an ancient African word meaning 'humanity to others'. It also means 'I am what I am because of who we all are'. The Ubuntu operating system brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the world of computers.

Canonical is the company behind Ubuntu, the world's most popular open-source operating system with more than 25 million users. Canonical's global team of engineers and designers works with the 80,000-strong developer community to keep Ubuntu constantly evolving. Today it spans mobile, desktop, server and cloud and ships on PCs from Dell, HP, Lenovo and more.


The Ubuntu Edge project aims to provide cutting-edge technologies for the mobile phone industry —  a low-volume, high-technology platform, crowdfunded by enthusiasts and mobile computing professionals. One of the purposes of the project is to adopt new technologies and drive them down into the mainstream. And at the heart of this beautifully crafted smartphone there is convergence: connect to any monitor and this Ubuntu phone transforms into an Ubuntu PC, with a fully integrated desktop OS and shared access to all files. The Ubuntu Edge is a superphone, that will drive the next generation of personal computing.

The company has already prepared for all types of difficulties. Between design, certification and manufacturing the costs of building a new phone are huge, but the more the company produce, the lower the final cost of each handset. If the company is forced to change a major feature or component, it’ll come up with something just as innovative to replace it.