Sidekick reborn as Android-powered Sidekick 4G

Summary:Sidekick is back, but this time there's no Danger

The Sidekick was one of those mobile gadgets that everyone knew about, but not everyone used. It was powered by Danger, which Microsoft picked up and then used for the KIN, but T-Mobile always had the rights to the Sidekick name.

Well, this morning the Sidekick was re-launched, at a press breakfast but this time it will be powered by Android. So far there's no word on pricing or official launch date (first half of 2011), but what we do know is that it will run on T-Mobile's 4G network.

I think that powering it with Android is a brilliant move. People loved the Sidekick and even though it had a lot of proprietary technology behind it, the form factor was perfect for many. These days most of the stuff that people loved about the Sidekick's software has been duplicated on other platforms, so one would assume that whoever builds this new version for T-Mobile will put its own custom launcher and probably some custom apps on top of Android.

Now it's up to T-Mobile to offer the services, but most importantly, the price that made the Sidekick a favorite many moons ago.

Topics: Mobility

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With more than fifteen years of mobile, Internet and wireless experience, Joel specializes in taking existing brands, technologies and services into the mobile and wireless space. Joel is currently the Vice President of Strategy Integration for Mobiquity, an enterprise-class mobile solutions provider. Prior to Mobiquity, Evans was Managin... Full Bio

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