updated 09:20 am EST, Fri January 16, 2009
Kogan Delays Android Phone
Australia's Kogan on Friday delayed its Agora smartphones for an indefinite amount of time due to a conflict between their designs and Google's Android mobile operating system. Company namesake Ruslan Kogan explains that production had just started but that Android's standards for app resolutions may render a significant number of apps incompatible with the resolution of the Agora's 2.5-inch screen. Redesigning the phone is necessary to avoid unnecessarily limiting users, Kogan says.
While again unready to provide a timetable for a reworked Agora series, the startup cellphone designer promises to refund the purchases of anyone who had preordered one of the phones. The Agora was set to be only the second Android phone released after the T-Mobile G1 from HTC and would have been the first to ship with both a candybar design and with 3G that supports carriers outside of T-Mobile. [via Gizmodo]