T-Mobile: Android-based Sidekick 4G, Samsung Galaxy S 4G on the way (updated)

T-Mobile: Android-based Sidekick 4G, Samsung Galaxy S 4G on the way (updated)

Summary: T-Mobile USA's CEO Philipp Humm dropped two big product confirmations today. We can expect both a Samsung Galaxy S 4G (predictable) and an Android-based Sidekick 4G (not-so-predictable).

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TOPICS: Mobility, Android, Google
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T-Mobile USA's CEO Philipp Humm dropped two big product confirmations today. We can expect both a Samsung Galaxy S 4G (predictable) and an Android-based Sidekick 4G (not-so-predictable).

Hopefully this is a major comeback for the Sidekick, which was kicked to the curb last summer. The version of Android wasn't specified, but it can't be any less than Gingerbread. (At least we hope not.)

Humm didn't get anymore specific on a release date other than "coming soon," but we should be seeing more about these during Mobile World Congress in February.

UPDATE: Samsung has issued a press release regarding the Galaxy S 4G. Touted to be "the fastest smartphone running on America’s Largest 4G Network" when released, the Android 2.2-based device will have download speeds up to 21 Mbps and a  Super AMOLED touch screen display. And that's about all we know for now.

[NOTE: The product in the image above is the Sidekick LX, not the Sidekick 4G.]

Topics: Mobility, Android, Google

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  • Umm...

    Isn't there a bigger story here? Like, didn't Microsoft buy danger that made the sidekick? Why is it now running android instead of WP7?

    I'm soooo very confused right now... LOL. Maybe T-Mobile just owns the sidekick brand and they are copying the interface and everything... I dunno!!!!!!! We all remember the sidekick 2008 hahahah
    x21x
    • RE: T-Mobile: Android-based Sidekick 4G, Samsung Galaxy S 4G on the way

      @x21x Microsoft bought Danger and started the project that would become the Kin. Andy Rubin, founder of Danger left and formed the company Android, which Google bought. Comes full circle.
      30otnix
      • RE: T-Mobile: Android-based Sidekick 4G, Samsung Galaxy S 4G on the way

        @30otnix very interesting
        x21x
      • RE: T-Mobile: Android-based Sidekick 4G, Samsung Galaxy S 4G on the way

        @30otnix

        That's pretty funny. Google turned an Andy Rubin project into gold while Microsoft turned it into sh*t.
        MisterMiester
  • Buy My Phone

    So what I'm I supposed to do with my current Galaxy S ?? no one wants it, if it was an iPhone 4 I could sell it on ebay for 600 but who truly wants a pos phone running Android 2.1 loaded with crapware apps???
    Hasam1991
    • RE: T-Mobile: Android-based Sidekick 4G, Samsung Galaxy S 4G on the way

      @Hasam1991 Check ebay. They are selling just fine - for way more than you "paid."

      But before you sell it you probably have a contract to honor. So just use it for another year. Then you can get the latest and greatest at that time.
      Schoolboy Bob
  • Just say NO to Samsung!

    I think every ZDNet article mentioning Samsung should link to at least ONE article that talks about how Samsung is foot-dragging on their Android updates. Just keep giving them bad press until they're eventually shamed into doing what they apparently claimed they would do.
    bmgoodman
  • Carrier barrier

    I love the Galaxy S technology but....had to ditch my Vibrant Galaxy S and purchase a Nexus Galaxy S. That's what I had to do to avoid the 'carrier barrier'.
    zerodrag
  • T-Mobile: Android-based Sidekick 4G, Samsung Galaxy S 4G on the way (update

    Whenever I see press about a new Samsung product, I remember how I wasted my money on Samsung's Galaxy S (AT&T Captivate). No android 2.2 update so now I have a phone that will not be compatible with all the features of my new car.
    I recently purchaced all new appliances for my kitchen and laundry room, and even though the salesperson offered a great sales pitch and price on Samsung products, I was not going to be defrauded again.
    When you do product announcements or reveiws, please look at a OEM's track record for honesty instead of just printing their sales pitch as fact.
    I do make sure I let everyone know just how bad samsung values their customers and service after the sale.
    robert2u@...
    • RE: T-Mobile: Android-based Sidekick 4G, Samsung Galaxy S 4G on the way

      @robert2u@... Come on, you're not being fair. Before you start trashing Samsung's reputation, get ALL the facts.

      The Galaxy S GPS doesn't work worth a damn. Okay, continue.
      bruce.dimon@...
  • Appalling Samsung KIES for Galaxy S G19000

    How on earth does Samsung get away with the appalling KIES software support for the Galaxy S G1900? We signed up for two Galaxy phones only to find the supplied KIES software does not function. Some of us do NOT want to use Google cloud architecture. So we waited until the latest update of KIES only to find it to, does not function. While the Galaxy might be a good phone, Samsung's software lets everything down not to mention the appalling customer service/support. Don't buy a Galaxy S ....the hassle is just not worth the cost, both in anguished time and money. If you need any validation of these comments just do a Google search on "KIES software not working in my Galaxy S" You'll find thousands if not millions of unhappy customers.
    austv