Kogan Agora Delayed ‘Indefinitely’

Kogan’s Agora and Agora Pro Android powered handsets have been delayed indefinitely citing reasons of “potential future interoperability issues”.

Austalian based Kogan Technologies were planning to release the Android phones on January 29th, but have instead pulled out of the launch, saying the handset needed to be redesigned “to ensure its compatibility with all future Android applications”.

“The Agora reached a very late stage of development, manufacturing had commenced and we were within days of shipping the product to customers. But it now seems certain the current Agora specifications will limit its compatibility or interoperability in the near future,” Kogan, 25, said.

“One potential issue 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.”

This news will comes as a disappointment to the many Android fans who have tracked Agora’s progress from early preliminary designs to a working prototype unveiled at CES 2009.

Kogan Technologies are currently offering full refunds to anyone who paid to pre-order the device.

[via TheAge.com.au]

  • ue

    Yes, it would have been nice with another Android handset, but if it might end up having compatibility problems it is better to wait. Android will be a much more successul platform if we can wrte software for the platform instead of specific phones.
    The J2ME world have had a lot of such problems and Android should not repeat them.

  • http://counternotions.com Kontra

    The iPhone has climbed to the top of the most popular smartphones in the U.S. with a single model. Except for a very small list of obvious hardware differences between the iPhone and iPod touch, Apple’s mobile platform by now offers a uniform market of 20+ million users, all carrying an identically configured device. Same industrial design, same OS, same multi-touch UI, same iTunes multimedia content, same DRM, same peripherals, same purchasing process, and same coherency that has already resulted in 10,000+ apps and half a billion downloads at the App Store.

    iPhone developers do not have to worry about differing UIs or device configurations. They don’t have to accommodate all kinds of input devices from trackballs to multi-touch to stylus. They don’t have to invent their own syncing or notification systems. They don’t have to negotiate for different app stores. And as Kogan found out too late, they don’t have to worry about “compatibility and interoperability in the near future” in the form of varying screen sizes and resolutions.

    Ironically, if the iPhone platform can fail to dominate the smartphone market because it’s too closed, the Android platform may fail because it’s too open, as I explain here:

    “Agora phone exposes Android’s Achilles Heel”