Near Field Communication (NFC) technology has been talked about for a while now. However, no one has truly shown what they can do with this new technology. Just recently, S-Digital has done just the opposite of that with its new product called Brand Table. You can obviously tell by the name that S-Digital will be improving the fast-food industry.
The new technology takes new NFC-capable smartphones such as the Galaxy Nexus, and allows for hungry people to go to “Brand Tables” to scan their phones. After doing just that, the fast food company’s menu will appear on the users’ phone screen.
After offering numerous deals and food options, [...]
One of the guys at Gizmodo Australia managed to bump into Ruslan Kogan at an event down under and squeezed him for some information, as well as some time with a prototype of the original Agora Pro smartphone that was canceled.
While no direct quote is attributed to Ruslan Kogan, Gizmodo implies that the next Android attempt from Kogan will feature a 3.8-inch touchscreen display and no physical QWERTY keyboard.
The official explanation as to why the Agora was delayed is still being held quite close to the chest of Ruslan Kogan, but he promises that the idea of a Kogan-branded Android handset is far from dead. The final release model will almost certainly ditch the qwerty [...]
Earlier today HTC announced that the HTC Dream, the device known as the T-Mobile G1 in many parts of the world, would soon be available to SingTel and Optus customers in Singapore and Australia, respectively.
While HTC did not announce an availability date or pricing for the SingTel launch, it said that the phone will be available to Optus customers starting on February 16th with pricing starting at AU$59.
Ruslan Kogan, the man behind the Kogan Agora and Agora Pro Android smartphones, posted on the official Kogan blog about the new smartphone models being pulled.
“I’m disappointed to have to tell you that the Kogan Agora has to be delayed indefinitely.”
Kogan mentions the screen resolution issue, and how the Agora’s QVGA display wouldn’t be up to the task of dealing with future Android applications:
Chinese manufacturer Huawei is promising carriers that its Google Android powered smartphone will be ready for sale in the third quarter of 2009. A company spokesperson told the Australian ZDNet folks that:
“Huawei can confirm that their first Android smartphone is scheduled to launch in the third quarter of 2009. Huawei’s smartphones can be ordered and developed for Australian operators based on any such requests”
So while Huawei is saying when the phone will be available, it isn’t saying what carriers, if any, are currently planning to offer it. The more, the merrier we say.
Australian online electronics retailer Kogan is now taking pre-orders for the “Agora” Andorid phone due to be released on January 29. It’s a bit later than promised, but nobody is complaining due to the very compelling price.
The Agora will be coming in two flavors, a $299AU ($200US) basic model and a more upmarket $399AU ($266US) model. The main difference between the two is WIFI, GPS and a Camera. Both models feature a 2.5 inch touch screen, 3G connectivity and a QWERTY keyboard. Oh, and no 2 year lock-in contract.
You can find out more information and pre-order one for yourself here.
[As one of our faithful readers said in the comments, the [...]
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has publicly mocked Android at the Telstra Investor’s Day Conference in Sydney, displaying absolutely no understanding of Android or it’s open source model.
Here are some of Mr Ballmer’s choice quotes when questioned about Android;
“They (Google) can hire smart guys, hire smart people, blah-di-blah-di-blah.”
“I don’t really understand their strategy … if I went to my shareholder meetings and my analyst meeting and said, ‘Hey, we just launched a new product that has no revenue model – yeah, cheer for me!’ I’m not sure my investors would take that very well, but [...]
Looks like Android is heading down under. Young Aussie entrepreneur Ruslan Kogan from Kogan Technologies has announced plans to launch an Android Phone in Australia for AU$199 (about US$140) by Christmas. Apparently he’s getting the device made-to-order in China using stock parts. The device is planned to incorporate a touch screen and track ball but will omit a real keyboard.
We think It’s a brilliant idea but we can’t help but wonder about the amount of quality control the device will undergo with Christmas being only 7 weeks away. So far the device doesn’t even have a name.
Kogan Technologies is a bit of an upstart in the Australian [...]
Computerworld Australia is reporting that Google’s Nicholas Heller will be presenting a keynote at the Mobile Content World event in Sydney on Wednesday, and that the presentation will include a demo of the Android platform.
Google’s UK-based head of strategic partnership development, Nicholas Heller, will open Mobile Content World with the keynote talk “Fostering mobile content innovation through partnerships and alliances”, during which Android will be demonstrated.