Kogan delays its Agora Android phone
Kogan has abandoned its current plans to launch an Android based phone, promising refunds within seven days to customers who pre-ordered the Kogan Agora. The company had announced the Agora phone, with a 320x240 display running Google's Android operating system, at the start of December. According to the company, manufacturing had commenced and the first phones were due to ship in a few days when "compatibility and interoperability issues" were discovered.
It appears that third party Android developers are creating applications that assume a higher screen resolution than the Agora's 320x240 display. Kogan believes that customers would have discovered that many Android programs would not have displayed correctly on the phones low resolution screen. An image of a pre-production Agora on Kogan's site does show a very crowded display, even with just the Android application launcher running. Kogan are going back to the design stage and hope to create a new version of the Agora to overcome the problem, presumably by incorporating a higher resolution screen.
Thanks to JoHay in the heise online forums for the tip.