We all remember the T-Mobile Sidekick. It was the phone to have back before smartphones were a normal, everyday thing. It was the phone that did all the smartphone-y things first. It was built for one main purpose, though; messaging like a demon. It was all about staying in contact with your friends, shooting out emails, and texting all the time, no matter how fast you were driving. It did that job, and it did it damn well. Now that Danger Incorporated is dead, though, can there still be a Sidekick? Well, since Andy Rubin was part of the mastermind team behind Danger and is now heading up the mastermind team behind Android, it's safe to say a worthy successor is possible.
Keeping up with its newfound timeliness as of late, Samsung has dropped the source code for the recently released Sidekick 4G. Considering the Sidekick seems to be easily rootable using the SuperOneClick method, it probably won't be too long before we are knee deep in all of the custom ROM goodness that we can handle.
Head over the the Open Source Developers Center and search for "SGH-T839_Opensource.zip" to snag the download.
Source: Open Source Developers Center
2 of T-Mobile's most exciting devices that are arriving this month, the dual-core LG G2x and the Samsung Sidekick 4G, have just gone live on Wirefly's pre-order site. Wirefly, one of the largest online mobile retailers, is sweetening the deal on the G2x by $50 compared to MSRP and on the Sidekick 4G (pick black or pink) by $20.
Both devices come with free activation for the pre-order period and, of course, ship for free as well. Mark April 20th in your calendar if you make an order, as that's the date both of these bad boys are set to ship on.
Thanks to Radio Shack, it's no surprise that the Sidekick 4G is hitting the sales floor on April 20th for $99, but T-Mobile has finally made an official announcement via its Twitter page. In the interest of consolidation, it was also announced that the LG G2x would be available in-store for $199 after a $50 mail in rebate, but If you just can't wait to get your hands it, you'll be able to grab it online starting April 15th.
If you need a quick refresher on the specs of these two devices, here you go:
- 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor
- 512MB RAM
- 8GB internal memory
- 8MP rear camera/1.3MP front camera
- 4 inch screen
- Android 2.2
Samsung Sidekick 4G
- 1GHz Hummingbird processor
- 3MP rear camera/0.3MP front camera
- Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
- 3.5 Inch screen
- Android 2.2
So, which device do you choose - the oh-so-classic feel of the Sidekick and deal with the subpar camera, or go all out and rock the dual-core G2x?
While T-Mobile still remains quiet about the Sidekick 4G's release date, it looks like RadioShack just couldn't keep the news any longer. Thanks to a tweet from the official RadioShack Twitter account, we now know that the Sidekick 4G will be available on April 20th. That's pretty exciting news for those looking to grab the newest version of the ever-so-popular texting machine, especially when combined with the $99 (with a two year contract) price tag.
The Sidekick 4G, manufactured by Samsung this go around, includes a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, a VGA front facing camera, a 3MP (ugh) rear camera, 512MB RAM, a full 5-row QWERTY keyboard, and Android 2.2.
The new G2x dual-core phone with stock Google experience is not the only device getting some attention today in a slew of T-Mobile press releases - both the G-Slate 3D tablet made by LG and the Sidekick 4G made by Samsung finally got pricing information.
First up, the 8.9" G-Slate tablet running Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" will cost $529.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate (ugh). Don't get too excited though - this price is for a 2-year contract, in addition to a voice line (hmm? Will it be making phone calls?) and EasyPay enrollment. Compared to the XOOM's contract price of $599.99 for a similar setup, adding 3D cameras, and subtracting an inch off the display's diagonal, we get a relatively decent deal, if you're interested in tying yourself down to a carrier for such a long time.
The reincarnation of the Sidekick brand didn't quite come as a complete surprise after T-Mobile teased its return back in January, followed by a nice photo leak that showed the latest thumb-killer, this time made by Samsung, in its full glory. However, it's always nice to get official confirmations and specs from the carrier itself, and that's exactly what T-Mobile is gracing us with today.
The new Sidekick comes with a 3.5" touchscreen display, a 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor, HSPA+21 4G capabilities, a front-facing VGA camera, and, of course, a signature "pop-tilt" 5-row QWERTY keyboard.
Been wondering when we'd hear more about T-Mobile's newest Sidekick? If so, today's your lucky day: TmoNews has some new info on the device, and a few blurrycam shots to boot. Perhaps the two most important facts: it will be manufactured by Samsung, and is apparently running Android 2.2.1.
You'll never guess where these images are from.
That's not exactly great news, especially for those who had high hopes for the device. Why? Well, because Samsung doesn't exactly have a great reputation when it comes to Android updates, and for good reason. Further, T-Mobile has previously stated that they are committed to keeping their Android devices updated - and yet this phone is running Froyo.
So it's true: Samsung and T-Mobile have indeed built an HSPA+ version of the Galaxy S, although it didn't cause the Android 2.2 update for their current offering, the Vibrant, to be held back (contrary to what some had assumed).
Unfortunately, we don't know much about the phone yet - in fact, all we've been told so far is that:
- It'll be called the "Galaxy S 4G" (not the "Vibrant 4G," mind you).
- It will feature full HSPA+ connectivity, meaning that it will be able to reach theoretical download speeds of up to 21 Mbps. Up until now, T-Mobile's HSPA+ devices (the G2 and the myTouch 4G) have been limited to 14.4 Mbps.