Canonical’s ambitious plan to bring its Ubuntu Edge smartphone to the market crashed and burned last year, failing to raise the $32 million the company required to put the wheels in motion. The crowdfunding campaign did manage to break previous crowdfunding records, but not enough donations were pledged to actually get the project started. Late last year the company revealed that it had signed up a new hardware partner, which is supposedly a big name manufacturer, it was said that the first Ubuntu phone will be released in 2014. If Canonical community manager Jono Bacon is right, then the smartphone might not debut until next year.
In a Q&A session on reddit, Bacon revealed that the first Ubuntu phone is unlikely to be released before 2015. He says that he would be “surprised if we see anything like this before 2015.” While he didn’t say much about what we can expect from the device, he did reveal that there won’t be any “fancy integration” between the Ubuntu phones and other devices that run Ubuntu. The only integrated supported by these devices will serve the purpose of syncing content to and from the phone. Bacon also revealed that the company has no plans of bringing the Edge back to life, and that it will instead focus on making Ubuntu work well for other OEMs who have decided to jump on the bandwagon.
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