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Ubuntu Edge trademark shows up, could be the name of upcoming smartphone

A new trademark filing by Canonical reveals the name "Ubuntu Edge." Could this be the name of the first official Ubuntu-powered smartphone? Read on to learn more!
July 17, 2013
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At the beginning of the year Canonical announced its plans to take on the mobile OS market with a mobile version of Ubuntu. Since then, the project has continued to improve and has even made its way to numerous Android devices for testing purposes.

What about a stable, official build running pre-installed on a handset? Canonical previously suggested such a device would arrive sometime in early 2014. Now we may have a name to go with the first official Ubuntu phone, the Ubuntu Edge.

The news of the Ubuntu Edge comes to us from a trademark filing first discovered by Phandroid. According to the trademark, the Edge has something to do with downloadble software, computer programs, mobile telephone services, and tons of other phone-related terms.


Putting all of this together, we could be looking at the official name of the first Ubuntu phone. Of course the vague wording could also describe a Canonical mobile service, the official name for Ubuntu Touch, or really anything under the sun.

No matter what Ubuntu Edge turns out to be, at least this is a hint that Canonical is ‘edging’ ever closer to an actual stable release of Ubuntu for mobile.

What do you think, are you interested in the idea of Ubuntu on a mobile? Or are you perfectly content with the open-source, customizable experience already provided by Android?