@hairy Yeah, you may be right about the android users, it's not something for everybody. Still, it will be interesting for some people. The price of 60 € that @mariogrip announced at UbuCon is competitive to microsofts Wireless Display Adapter that retails at about 50€, considering the fact that this will be entirely open soft- and hardware. It is a good product idea. It could go well.
I think Marius really needs to work on PR, maybe hit some Linux and Android-related shows, talk to bloggers, etc. We have seen crappy ideas succeed on kickstarter and we have seen awesome ideas fail. But this one is most certainly a good idea. The market may be small, but i like to be optimistic! 😉 Also, I hope for Canonical to push the project. It certainly doesn't seem like the phones are their top priority at the moment as they are always talking about IoT, Ubuntu Core and snappy, but the phones will profit from the advancements in that field as well. As soon as Unity 8 hits the shelves and the biggest part of the desktop apps are optimized to work with MIR, Ubuntu Touch will be a really interesting platform, both for techies and noobs.
Wow, i got a little carried away. I think it came across that i really like this project. I hope it will catch on!
Cheap sells, because most people are not rich. Most of these phones (the feature phones) were not really that insecure because you could not do a lot with them. I still have a feature phones, and I will keep it, until the Ubuntu port for the Fairphone 2 is mature..
They never planned to launch these phones, the phones where shown of to promote community porting and to give a big nod to the community, maybe one day we might see a community port getting sold by an official OEM, we've already seen OnePlus give the OnePlusOne port a big nod, so perhaps they will do the same with the OP3, and if we can get it out of the gate fast enough, who knows, we might have OnePlus ship the OP3 with ubuntu pre-installed, but non of this is a promise, and it is highly unlikely, its just something which might happen if the cards are played right and if OnePlus is actually interested in Ubuntu.