$ 10,311,220. It isn’t sufficient to greenlight Canonical’s innovative hybrid smartphone, but it is just enough to beat the sum raised by the Pebble smartwatch and thereby steal the crowdfunding record. Well, sort of, at least. It depends on whether the amount pledged is all that matters, regardless of whether the project actually comes to fruition — as happened with both the Pebble on Kickstarter and Indiegogo’s previous record holder, the Scanadu Scout. More importantly though, the Ubuntu Edge project may have reached the point where it’ll have a second chance even if it doesn’t make the required $ 32 million: Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth told the BBC that some manufacturers have noticed the all the hubbub and have come “out of the woodwork” to discuss taking the Android / Ubuntu concept forward, such that August 21st may not prove to be a terminal deadline.
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