World's second Android phone launches

The world's second mobile phone based on the Android operating system has been announced by an Australian company.

The Kogan Agora, and the Kogan Agora Pro, are currently on pre-order in Oz with shipping promised on 29 January 2009.

The Agora will cost $299 (Australian dollars) while the Pro will be $399 and follows the launch in October of T-Mobile's G1 with Google, made by HTC.

Both 3G handsets, the phones boast multimedia and internet capabilities and get a QWERTY candybar design with a 2.5-inch touchscreen.

The phones will give users all the Google goodness that Android offers, such as GMail, Google Calendar, Google Maps, Google, and YouTube as well as a customisable homescreen and apps from the Android Market.

The Kogan Agora offers Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR and a microSD card slot while the Pro's extra $100 gets you Wi-Fi connectivity, GPS and a 2-megapixel camera.

Kogan is offering the devices to international customers, with pricing for each handset, including international shipping coming in at $343.85 (£152) and $458.85 (£203).