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Ubuntu Edge Project  aims to provide convergence to  personal computing : smartphone and desktop PC in one state-of-the-art device. The Ubuntu Edge will dual-boot both the Ubuntu phone OS and Android, and convert into a fully integrated Ubuntu desktop PC. It aims to provide a key-less experience on a smartphone where every functionality is accessible by a mere swipe on any edge. ”Open your favourite apps on the left edge, switch instantly between open apps from the right, and use the system and app toolbars at the top and bottom respectively. It’s so simple, Ubuntu doesn’t need a home button at all.”

You can run full Ubuntu Desktop OS from your phone and  can seamlessly switch between your phone and desktop environment. Motorola tried this a few years ago by using a phone that plugins to a monitor/mouse/keyboard to become a computer but they were  probably ahead of  time, with not enough power to bring a proper OS to people.  You can launch the Ubuntu desktop from within Android using existing Ubuntu for Android app. This integration is fully functional and is explained in the following demo:

And of course the hardware: Ubuntu has paired up with the research labs of the biggest companies and most exciting startups for the realization of the Ubuntu Edge. The technical specifications are:

  • Dual boot Ubuntu mobile OS and Android
  • Fully integrated Ubuntu desktop PC when docked
  • Fastest multi-core CPU, 4GB RAM, 128GB storage
  • 4.5in 1,280 x 720 HD sapphire crystal display
  • 8mp low-light rear camera, 2mp front camera
  • Dual-LTE, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4, NFC
  • GPS, accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensor, compass, barometer
  • Stereo speakers with HD audio, dual-mic recording, Active Noise Cancellation
  • MHL connector, 3.5mm jack
  • Silicon-anode Li-Ion battery
  • 64 x 9 x 124mm

Specifications are subject to change. Ubuntu Edge might  sound little expensive but as compared to most of the phones out there, it really isn’t. Enjoy the teaser:


This campaign will only receive funds if at least $32,000,000 is raised by Wed 21 Aug 11:59PM PT.

Contribute to this croudfunded campaign :  http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ubuntu-edge?c=home




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3 thoughts on “Ubuntu Edge

  1. I think it’s a nice idea, and I use ubuntu so I’d be happy to see it get wider adoption, it looks like it’s aimed at business executive types who want some seamless transition from tapping away on a mobile device on their morning commute to sitting at a desk at work.

    1. We could see something like the Asus PhonePad which comes with a shell that allows you to insert a phone into a slot and turn it into a laptop. Or other docking accessories. I suppose it all goes down to how well it is implemented. Exciting times!

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