Sidekick reborn as Android-powered Sidekick 4G

Sidekick reborn as Android-powered Sidekick 4G

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

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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.

Topic: Mobility

Joel Evans

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With more than 15 years of mobile, Internet and wireless experience, Joel specializes in taking existing brands and technologies into the mobile and wireless space. Joel is currently the VP of Strategy Integration for Mobiquity, an enterprise-class mobile solutions provider.

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  • But is it a Sidekick?

    The question really is "how 'Sidekick' is this new phone". The Sidekick isn't just a 'shape' it's a whole eco-system. You have web access to the content, and you can modify the content over the web - powerful stuff. Maybe this can be replicated by backing the whole thing into Google's services, and wrapping the whole thing in a 'Sidekick' UI?

    Perhaps 4G will mean that there isn't the need to compress web-content being delivered to the phone (as the Sidekick did).

    What is interesting is how this version matches up with the original 'Sidekick vision', and if that is even relevant after the iPhone. What we don't need is another Android Phone with a keyboard, this needs to "feel" like a Sidekick, hopefully one that's been taking steroids.

    Then, T-Mobile might have something with this...
    jeremychappell
    • RE: Sidekick reborn as Android-powered Sidekick 4G

      @jeremychappell AMEN!! completely agree!! so much of the Sidekick was the sum of all the little things that made it so great.
      ncmacasl@...
  • RE: Sidekick reborn as Android-powered Sidekick 4G

    OMG!!!! This is the best news I have ever heard!!!! I have my sidekick LX right now & have been waiting for a new one to be released!!! After doing promotions for Microsoft Kin & them telling me personally that there are no plans of a new one I was beginning to give up hope... Please let it be the same setup yet with tons of awesome new features!!! I was soo close to giving up hope just the other day & getting the G2... Thank god I didn't fall for the "free" offer!! Now I will still be locked in to my sidekick data plan for $19.99 at the grandfather rate!! Yess!! =D I LOVE MY SIDEKICK!! As being an owner of a SideKick 2, 3 & LX for almost a decade now!!! <3
    princess0445
  • RE: Sidekick reborn as Android-powered Sidekick 4G

    Sucks for current sidekick owners. I bought a 2009 3G LX about 6 or 7 months ago and now it will be shut off in May.

    I got a letter saying tmobile they would be happy to upgrade me to a new phone for 50% off, but in the fine print it says I have to sign a 2 year contract and I would get the discount back in 2-3 months as a credit to my bill, not as 50% off when I buy the phone.

    They are just tired of loosing so many customers they are trying to push all us plan-no contract users into long term contracts.

    They could simply update the phone's setting to use tmobile data service instead of routing data though danger.
    jimfoxjones@...