Smartphones have become the dominant connected device in the US and around the globe on the twin motors of connectivity and portability.
But with dominance comes the congealing of a once frothy market around a handful of operating systems and handset providers, and many companies are eager for a new round of disruption. This year saw the rise of "concept phones" such as the mighty Ubuntu Edge. A state-of-the-art device that could run Linux as well as Android, it broke records as a crowdfunding project even as it fell short of its funding goal.
But the most radical … Read more