Return Of The T-Mobile Sidekick

tmobilesidekick.jpgBefore the iPhone and Android existed, T-Mobile sold a phone called the Sidekick, which was developed by a company called Danger. All Sidekicks had hardware keyboards in a landscape orientation, with the screen sliding or popping out to reveal the keyboard. The Sidekick software was optimized to work with servers on the Internet to store photos and music, requiring the phones to have a constant connection to the Internet.

While Danger developed the software, T-Mobile owned the Sidekick brand. In 2008 Microsoft acquired Danger but not the Sidekick brand, and Microsoft/Danger continued to support existing phones. Releases of new versions of the Sidekick slowed down, and Microsoft eventually dedicated most of the people who remained from Danger on developing the Kin. You remember the Kin, the phone Microsoft released and killed last year?

Eventually Microsoft stopped supporting the Danger software for the Sidekick and T-Mobile stopped selling the Sidekick phone. Today T-Mobile confirmed that they will be releasing a new Sidekick that will run Android and work on their 4G network.

Android is a logical selection to be the software for the new Sidekicks because it can be customized by T-Mobile, but the question is, will the new Sidekicks function like the old ones, or pretty much run like any other Android phone? The people who loved the Sidekick did so because of the hardware and software, and I fear that the Sidekick fans will be disappointed because the new ones will not at all be like the old ones.