The End Of An Era: Microsoft Pulling Support For Sidekick Devices May 31st.


5 years ago, before we had iPhones, Android, and other modern smartphone operating systems such as Windows Phone 7 and webOS, the Danger-made Sidekick was where it was at. But over the years, competitors have met and greatly exceeded the once prominent platform, turning it into more of a toy for young kids than the hip and cool device of young 20 somethings. Though the real writing on the wall was when Microsoft bought Danger back in 2008. A failed platform rebirth (KIN) and months upon months of no new releases all lead up to the inevitable.

T-Mobile officially confirmed this morning that Microsoft and T-Mobile will be dropping support for Sidekick devices on May 31st, at which point the servers for the platforms cloud storage syncing and services will cease to function — basically turning a Sidekick into nothing more than a paper weight.

While again, many other platforms have gone far above and beyond what the aging Sidekicks were capable of, it’s still sad to see them go. In the interim, T-Mobile is promising a mountain of support for current Sidekick owners in need of new hardware, backup services, and data transfers to new devices.

For those still holding near and dear to the Sidekick name, all hope is not lost, however. There’s a rumored Samsung device in the making that features much of the hardware side of the Sidekick, but joins 2011 with Android instead of Danger’s own OS. Saving grace?

Via: Phandroid


  • March 1, 2011 8:28 am
  • by: Mike
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