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. [via ZDNet.com.au]

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…

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 that’s what Google’s…

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…

Nicholas Heller of Google 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. [via AndroidGuys]