Agora device will not be the second Google Android phone, delayed indefinitely

Summary:For the most part I enjoy using my T-Mobile G1, but am looking forward to future hardware. When I saw the Agora Pro, I went ahead and ordered one in December. Many people doubted it would ever come to be, but I held out hope and it was actually shown off a bit at CES last week. A reader just emailed me this news that confirms the Agora and Agora Pro are delayed indefinitely and in all likelihood will never see the light of day.

I just ordered the Agora Pro Google Android device for less than $300
For the most part I enjoy using my T-Mobile G1, but am looking forward to future hardware. When I saw the Agora Pro, I went ahead and ordered one in December. Many people doubted it would ever come to be, but I held out hope because I like forward facing keyboards and thought the design looked good. A prototype was actually shown off a bit at CES last week so my hopes were getting even higher as the January shipping date approached. A reader (thanks Cya) just emailed me this news that confirms the Agora and Agora Pro are delayed indefinitely and in all likelihood will never see the light of day.

I was a bit uncomfortable when I was actually charged last month right after I ordered the phone because usually you are not billed until right before the device ships. Then again, I was hopeful it was closer to release than I imagined. I emailed the company about this charge and received confirmation that it was indeed not a scam and the device was going to be shipped in January. It looks like they did try hard to get a device out, but they weren't very experienced with the requirements and were designing a device that did not fit the minimum specs for an Android phone. My money has not yet been refunded, but I will stay on top of them until it is so I can spend it on an actual new phone. Maybe on something like the rumored G2.

Topics: Mobility, Android, Google, Telcos

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Matthew Miller started using a mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host with GigaOM's Kevin Tofel on the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned over 200 d... Full Bio

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