Remember when we reported that Australian company Kogan Technologies was planning to launch an Android phone
by the end of the year? At the time, many wrote off founder Ruslan Kogan, however the company has formally announced the Agora and Agora Pro, the second Android-based phones in the world, and the first in Australia. The devices have price tags of AUD $299 (USD $192) and AUD $399 (USD $256) respectively, and they will be unlocked out of the box. Both phones include a full QWERTY keyboard, 2.5-inch touchscreen, microSD slot, and 3G connectivity, but the Agora Pro steps it up a notch by offering Wi-Fi, GPS, and a 2 megapixel camera to the feature list. They are now available for pre-order, and will start shipping on January 29, 2009.
“Google is a key player in developing efficient and innovative online solutions
for customers around the world. The open source nature of Android means the
operating system will continually improve over time," Kogan said. It will certainly be interesting to see if this is the spark that lights the Android revolution.