Aussies may be able to get their hands on a Google Android based phone by Christmas, if local manufacturer Ruslan Kogan has his way.
Aussies may be able to get their hands on a Google Android based phone by Christmas, if local manufacturer Ruslan Kogan has his way..
25 year old Kogan, a small electronics maker in Melbourne who specialises in budget priced electronics plans to release his version of the Google phone on December 15. He says the phone will sell for $199.
Kogan’s ‘Kogan branded’ TVs, DVD players and GPS have poved popular with consumers – thanks to their extremely competitive pricing.
Motorola and Asus are also reportedly working on their own version of the phone but no date for release has been announced.
Speaking with the Sydney Morning Herald, Kogan said his Google phone would look similar to the iPhone in that it would be a touch-screen device with no built-in keyboard. He said it would include WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and a trackball to aid in navigation.
“We’ve got a few designs that we can easily choose from. We know the components that’s going to go into the phone,” he said.
“It’s a matter of loading the Android system on to the phone, configuring it, making sure it works very well and then the manufacturing of the few thousands phones that we need to launch it is just a matter of a day or two.”