Danger-powered Sidekicks may be dead now, but the Sidekick brand is still living on. Samsung's Android Froyo Sidekick 4G is the first 'kick to have a touchscreen (a 3.5-inch one), along with that famous Sidekick qwerty.
If you still have a Sidekick phone running the Danger OS, its days of being a fully functioning device are numbered. After May 31, 2001, the data services provided by Danger will no longer be available, essentially neutering the internet-centric phone. If you were unaware, Danger is now owned by Microsoft.
The teen texting dream machine and proto-smartphone Sidekick is rising from the grave, imbued with 4G and Android superpowers. And now we've got an alleged first look at it, courtesy of TmoNews—old Sidekick, sans fugliness, plus giant screen.
Straight out of T-Mobile CEO's mouth, we have confirmation of a 4G Sidekick: only this one's running Android. There's also a 4G Samsung Galaxy S on the way, which will infuriate those who bought the phone last year.
I come to bury Sidekick, not to praise him. Less than 24 hours after Microsoft killed Kin dead, T-Mobile has abandoned the granddaddy of messaging phones. Sidekick sales will cease tomorrow, July 2nd, and honestly? No one will care.
Being a day-two customer of the G1, I know the plight of slide-out QWERTY Android-lovers well. WHERE ARE OUR GODDAMN SLIDEY-ANDROIDS, HTC?!
With Windows Phone 7 out, everyone has forgotten about the other Microsoft handsets, the allegedly Sidekick-derived Turtle and Pure cellphones. Someone got a peek into the firmware, which confirms some of the rumors about these "not-so-dumb cellphones".
Rumors about Microsoft's mobile plan are evolving, weirdly! Today, we've got dueling speculation: from Twitter, evidence of new "Danger" hardware; from Microsoft, mention of "the next generation of Windows Phone." It's mystery meat, this stuff, but at least it's juicy.
Last week it seemed the Danger/Microsoft team was on the verge of sorting out the fiasco that saw widespread data loss for Sidekick customers. Unfortunately, completing this process is taking longer than expected:
Good news: It looks like Sidekick data fiasco is finally coming to an end. Over on T-Mobile's Sidekick forums, an official Microsoft statement confirms "most, if not all, customer data" will return "as soon as possible", starting with personal contacts.
This past week's Sidekick data disaster was so extraordinary, you would think that either T-mobile or Microsoft would issue an explanation. There's one insider who might have the reason why one hasn't come yet: it was an inside job.
I wouldn't get too excited yet, but this could be promising news. A few users over at the T-Mobile forums have reported that their lost address book contacts have come back. Here's what they had to say:
T-Mobile sent out an update regarding the first great tragedy of the 21st century (involving Sidekicks): They're still holding out hope for data recovery, but if they can't, they'll show how sorry they are with a $100 credit.