Kogan Agora, the next Google Android smartphone, to ship next month

Google's open-source Android cell phone operating system has just one taker so far, the T-Mobile G1, but that's about to change. Now there's a new kid on the block, the Agora from Aussie cell phone maker Kogan.

Built like a cross between a Blackberry Bold, a Samsung Blackjack, and a Motorola Q, the smartphone will have a 2.5-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi, GPS, 3G, and that sweet Qwerty keyboard that we miss in other touchscreen phones. It's set for a January 29, 2009 ship date and now available for pre-order. It'll be available unlocked for around $300 including international shipping.

It's about time another company stepped up with the next Android phone. What's taking so long? We're nuts about Android, looking forward to the upcoming explosion of open-source applications that have already begun. All the software needs is a hot network and some great phones, and it's golden. Bring it!

Via Obsessable