Canonical next Smartphone dubbed Ubuntu Edge, 2013 end launch expected

Canonical has announced their Ubuntu Touch Smartphone UI for the Linux kernel based Mobile OS Ubuntu for phones earlier this year in January. Future plans suggest another Ubuntu powered Smartphone dubbed as Ubuntu Edge. A trademark filing revealing Canonical’s mobile OS powered future Smartphone called Ubuntu Edge has been spotted by Phandroid.

Ubuntu Edge trademark filing

Canonical released a test build of their mobile OS Ubuntu for Phones on Galaxy Nexus Smartphone followed by Nexus 4. The test builds received positive and valuable feedback on which Canonical will go on to make their OS stable and ready for commercial release. We haven’t heard from Canonical since then. In the meantime we saw many other competitors such as Firefox OS, Sailfish OS and many others releasing their commercial phones in the retail market, while we eagerly waited for any news about Ubuntu for Phones.


The trademark filing spotted by Phandroid was filed on July 10th, 2013. The first of the Ubuntu phones was suggested to launch in October, and the recent filing might indicate the same in the process. It is not confirmed if this device is actually real and in the production so take the news with a pinch of salt. It is entirely possible that Canonical is only finalizing the name and details before actually starting anything.

For those who don’t know anything about Ubuntu for Phones, here is a detailed video walk-through to take you through everything:

To remind you, Ubuntu Smartphone could be either entry-level or a high-end device with specific minimum hardware requirements for both outlined by Canonical. As per Canonical, the entry level Smartphone could have 1 GHz Cortex A9 microarchitecture based processor with RAM between 512 MB and 1 GB. It should have minimum 4 GB internal storage with Micro SD card slot. In contrast, the high-end Smartphone should have a quad core ARM Cortex A9 processor with minimum 1 GB RAM and 32 GB storage space with Micro SD card support. It has the capability to be converging with the desktop Ubuntu.

It is unclear as of now, if this Ubuntu Edge will be an entry-level or a high-end device, but we certainly expect it to be an entry level device if Canonical wishes to fight the growing competition from Chinese and local manufacturers and newer mobile operating systems. An end of the year launch is expected, but not confirmed. Ubuntu for tablet was also revealed by Canonical, but there is no detail on any such immediate Ubuntu powered tablet.

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