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Agora Android Phone Delayed By Glitches 84

An anonymous reader points out this report at which says that "THE first Australian 'Google phone' set to go on sale within weeks has been delayed indefinitely, with the manufacturer Kogan forced to refund early buyers. In a statement released this afternoon, the company said the delay was 'due to future interoperability issues.'The Agora reached a very late stage of development, manufacturing had commenced and we were within days of shipping the product to customers,' company founder Ruslan Kogan said in a statement."
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Agora Android Phone Delayed By Glitches

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  • From the annuncement:

    Mr Kogan said one of the potential problems was applications with a higher resolution and screen size than what the Agora could handle.
    "I now believe that in order to access all the Android platform has to offer, the Agora must be redesigned."

    What?? I don't belive that someone a few days before release, find out that they need a higher resolution screen. I only thought the software business were that fucked.

  • Re:Damn it! (Score:4, Informative)

    by Aladrin ( 926209 ) on Friday January 16, 2009 @09:11AM (#26480815)

    phatsphere's correct. All the pre-orders are being refunded within the next 7 days, so none of us are out anything.

    I will admit that I was taking a big chance on a company I'd never heard of with a product that was a lot cheaper than I thought it should be. I doubt the next version of the phone will be so cheap, now.

    I really wish they'd just sold me the phone... Or given me the option.

  • by Tamran ( 1424955 ) on Friday January 16, 2009 @09:49AM (#26481075)

    What kind of software patches increase screen resolution?

  • by Cysgod ( 21531 ) on Friday January 16, 2009 @11:15AM (#26481959) Homepage

    What kind of software patches increase screen resolution?

    How dare you question him!?! Can't you see that his UID is less than half yours? He clearly knows more about this stuff than you.

    Clearly. Through empirical evidence we can see that the cutoff is not half your UID, but an order of magnitude less.
    _..-* The More You Know

    Slightly more seriously, who puts something like a phone up for sale without testing with some engineering prototypes first? And then still has not tested with prototypes before going to manufacture?

    Presuming gross ignorance rather than malice as the culprit here seems to stretch credibility some. Does Australia have class-action lawsuits? If so, several lawyers will probably make some money on this.

  • Re:Damn it! (Score:4, Informative)

    by Evanisincontrol ( 830057 ) on Friday January 16, 2009 @11:19AM (#26482011)
    It was $399/$299 (for the high-end/low-end models respectively) in Australian. That meant it was ~$250/$190 in U.S. dollars.

Thus spake the master programmer: "When a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"