Thursday, January 29, 2009

Kogan plans to make a comeback with new Android phone & a netbook

Gotta give Ruslan Kogan a praise and a thumb up for his spirit, the founder of Kogan company which recently delayed the anticipated world-second Android-based phone called Agora into indefenetely.

Kogan describes the reason behind Agora delay vaguely as "external forces", and says the company had no other choice after it became clear that design and supplier issues would make a launch unviable. "We had the phone ready, we were 100% disappointed," he told APC in an exclusive interview.

Although according to APC's sources; the true reason the Kogan Agora phone was pulled from sale before its launch was that the 320x240 screen resolution was too small to accommodate Android applications, and that Kogan only realised this when founder Ruslan Kogan spoke to Google representatives at CES.

Kogan refused to explain the exact reasons behind the delay & the changes, citing commercial confidentiality agreements with suppliers. But even though he's "very dissappointed" and agree that the delay did cost money, Kogan promised a revised Agora phone soon: "We will plan to launch the phone shortly," he said. "We think we're a few months away from it now. It relies on a lot of external factors, but we're going to work as hard as we can to try and launch an Android phone."

And a new Android-based phone is not the only thing Kogan is aiming for this year, Kogan is also eyeing for the growing netbook popularity. As quoted from APC's interview: Kogan said that the release of a Kogan-branded netbook was just "weeks away".

Personally, it would be great to see if Kogan put Android into the company's first netbook. That would be the world's first official Android-based netbook, and I bet everyone will want one soon. Oh, and don't forget to watch the video of Kogan Agora in use which I've embedded below.

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