World's second Android phone gets delayed indefinitely

By on January 16, 2009, 10:47 AM
It appears that the Kogan Agora, which was expected to be the second shipping Android powered smart phone in the world, may never see the light of day after all. With the device already in production, and only two weeks before it was due to retail, the Australian company has decided to delay the launch of its phone indefinitely citing concerns over compatibility with future Android apps.


One potential issue, it seems, is that developers may create applications for the Android operating system at a higher resolution and screen size than the Agora provides in its current form. Namely, for 3.2-inch displays with a 320x480-pixel resolution like on the T-Mobile G1 by HTC. It's a blow for anyone not sold on the G1, especially as the Agora offered an impressive feature set and would have been sold contract-free and unlocked for around $299.

The original specs of the Agora included a 2.5-inch display with a 320x240-pixel resolution, full QWERTY keyboard, a microSD slot for expanded memory, Bluetooth and FM radio. The Agora Pro upgraded to a 2-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, and GPS.

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