Only in the bizarro world of KIRF
can canceled, nonexistent handsets be cloned and released in quantities of 100 for just $240 a pop, and by all accounts, that's what has happened -- already -- to poor Ruslan Kogan and his doomed Agora
. The Aussie with an admirable desire to get one of the first Android devices on the market recently had to delay his pet project indefinitely
over compatibility concerns, but knockoffs running knockoff OSes have no such concerns, which is where the lovely Shining phone
comes into play. After seeing the all-too-familiar render, Kogan contacted iTWire
to say that "I am not aware of this manufacturer and I have doubts that it runs Android OS. It is certainly not what the Agora was going to be or in anyway related to it." 'Course, all it'd take is a couple chats over dinner between Chinese ODMs for Kogan's design to get recycled running something less than Android -- and granted, the Shining isn't identical to the Agora, but the similarities are striking, are they not?