The Ubuntu Edge is a bold experiment in crowdfunding a cutting-edge smartphone. The Ubuntu software on board crosses over from phone to tablet to PC, rivaling both Android and the iPhone. If British company Canonical can raise $32 million on Indiegogo, then it will build 40,000 Edge phones. It's already smashed crowdfunding records with pledges topping $11.4 million. But even as I get my hands on the prototype, time is running out.
Ubuntu software is being tested on Android phones like this one. This shows off the home screen and controls. You can swipe in from the edges of the screen to call up a quick-launch menu, see your notifications, or scroll through the currently running apps.
Connect the Edge to a monitor and the software carries over what you were doing on your phone, including browsing and music listening. You can use a keyboard and mouse or the phone's keyboard, and everything is resized for the bigger screen. You can even call and text on the monitor screen.