July 23, 2014

ABORT! Agora Pro Gets Pulled at Last Minute

Gosh darnit Kogan!  We were this close to seeing your handset hit the market in the next weeks and then you had to go and do this!  The Agora Pro has been indefinitely delayed.

The Agora (Pro) has got a last minute yank from the assembly lines so that it can be redesigned to ensure that it works well with future Android applications.  Yeah, you heard it right.  We were like two weeks away from this hitting the streets and all of a sudden, people start thinking about the future.  Most likely, Kogan met with Google and learned a thing or two about a thing or two.

“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,” – Ruslan Kogan

What kind of stuff isn’t future proof in the Agora?  One fear is that developers release apps down the road that are meant to run at a resolution higher than the handset offers. The company is offering full refunds to anyone who pre-ordered a phone.

So now the question comes back – What will be the second Android phone to arrive?  Hopefully, Kogan is able to get a revised version to market quickly.  We were really starting to like this thing.