Project Pink Might Not Happen?

Is Project Pink dead?

October has been a bad month for the Sidekick and the future of what’s left of the Danger team. Not only was there the Great Sidekick Data Outage of October ’09, now we’re hearing that Project Pink, a Microsoft project that the remaining Danger team was put on, might not even be seeing the light of day.

MobileCrunch heard some interesting news from an anonymous source that seems to be legit. Here’s the bullet points:

# As I reported previously, most of the Danger team has been fired or left.
# If any of the Pink devices ship, supposedly they will not have third party application support, i.e. no App Store/Download Catalog.
# The Project Pink employees are not happy. Most of the team still uses Sidekicks or even iPhones and “hate the product”. And here’s the best quote from MC’s source: many feel that the division exists only to “challenge [the Windows Mobile 7 team] and upset them into competing.”
# The project is about 2 years behind schedule and some basic applications are getting cut in an attempt to someday launch this thing.
# The touchscreen on the “Turtle” is not a viable touchscreen as the UI contains too many things on the screen at once and your finger ends up covering half the screen.
# The design of the user interface was done by a 3rd party and now Microsoft is trying to actually build the thing with some difficulty.
# And finally, the worst news for the 2 remaining Project Pink fans: MobileCrunch’s source says that the project “is near death and probably will be canceled.”

Ouch, this is of course all unconfirmed rumors, but if any of it is true… our sympathies to the remaining Danger employees.

Trash can photo from http://www.flickr.com/photos/katmere/. Device images via Gizmodo

19 Responses to “Project Pink Might Not Happen?”

  1. ABERCROMBIEDUDE913 Says:

    If That Turtle Was Put On ebay I’d Buy It. I Jus Want It. Working Or Not.

  2. recognizedakick Says:

    Nooooooooooooo!! This sucks!! I was really feeling this phone and was totally waiting for it. I guess if its dealing w/problems already then I prolly don’t want it HOWEVER im in love wit the design!! Can they just come out wit a random phone that at least LOOKS like this one?? There goes my plans! =(

  3. Matt Says:

    Wow. That was quick. We only just recently got actual pictures of what the phones are supposed to look like.

    Since the Sidekick is probably dead, I’m glad these are too.

    I’ll miss getting excited for the new SK that would be coming out.

  4. Lil br00kLyn Says:

    diz iz gud da dey not doin doz fonez now dey couLd wrk on makin a new kick

  5. dip Says:

    Lil br00kLyn on October 7, 2009 at 6:17 pm said:

    diz iz gud da dey not doin doz fonez now dey couLd wrk on makin a new kick

    Uuummmmm wtf are you trying to say?

    Does it take u longer to figure out how 2 type like than rather than using normal words?

  6. Dan* Says:

    I wish they could turn back into making kicks, if they can put the team back together I will be excited to get me the LX 2010

  7. Me Says:

    http://www.t-mobile.com/shop/phones/Cell-Phone-Detail.aspx?cell-phone=Sidekick-LX-Carbon

    Sidekick LX 09 is out of stock

  8. Anonymous Says:

    Lil br00kLyn on October 7, 2009 at 6:17 pm said:

    diz iz gud da dey not doin doz fonez now dey couLd wrk on makin a new kick

    wah?

  9. ABERCROMBIEDUDE913 Says:

    Me on October 7, 2009 at 7:35 pm said:

    http://www.t-mobile.com/shop/phones/Cell-Phone-Detail.aspx?cell-phone=Sidekick-LX-Carbon

    Sidekick LX 09 is out of stock

    I Think It Only Says That For Now Till They Fix The Outage. I Noticed that Earlier, Too. Because Why Would They Sell And Ship Out A Phone That Isn’t Fully Functional.???

  10. recognizedakick Says:

    TEMPORARILY out of stock…and only online…not at the actual stores. I guess they dont wanna put out anymore until the problem has been completely settled.

  11. meme Says:

    I hate that Microsoft laid off all of the danger employees. πŸ™ Microsoft embarrassed themselves by bringing some of them back to fix the data outage. IDIOTS!
    This again goes to show that Microsoft has no idea what it’s doing and why I do not use any Microsoft products -but i guess now the sidekick πŸ™
    I really hope another Sidekick is in the future. Not only because of my amazing data plan but because I thoroughly enjoy the Sidekicks and everything they offer.

  12. Andrew Says:

    It’s sad that things aren’t like they used to be where DANGER controlled everything instead of stupid Microsoft. I mean honestly microsoft is trying so hard to make money with their new Bing search and merging with companies. Don’t they have enough money? They’re like the Wal-Mart of the technical world for god’s sake. Unfortunately, for some reason I can imagine in the future that the sidekick data network won’t exist anymore or it will be so crappy cause microsoft is running the show that no one will use it and then the sidekick might drop off the face of the planet. R.I.P Sidekicks πŸ™

  13. BBane Says:

    Well I still have hope for a new SK10 and many more for years to come. I am 43 yrs old and deaf and I love this cell phone as a deaf person it’s very suitable for me and and other deaf people.

    Also, don’t you know that Microsoft is a Monopoly type company? It thrives on acquiring other companies in the techno would so it can be BOSS.

    But, keep the the hope alive people and stare down at the man of Microsoft.

  14. kevin Says:

    wooo hoo! thank you microsoft! thats the most intelligent thing yall done since u bought danger

  15. BKJOE Says:

    ABERCROMBIEDUDE913 on October 7, 2009 at 3:20 pm said:

    If That Turtle Was Put On ebay I’d Buy It. I Jus Want It. Working Or Not.

    You stay sucking dangers ****

  16. BKJOE Says:

    Project Black! iPhone coming to T-Mobile USA! RIP Sidekick, hahahaa

  17. Some Guy Says:

    http://www.roughlydrafted.com/2009/10/09/exclusive-pink-danger-leaks-from-microsofts-windows-phone/

  18. kevin Says:

    Honestly I think once microsoft sees danger for what it really is , an alternative to the windows mobile os , I think that they will call back all the danger workers and get started on sk x (I figure they’ll stop with the year badging by next year)

  19. erik Says:

    Andrew on October 8, 2009 at 6:03 am said:

    It’s sad that things aren’t like they used to be where DANGER controlled everything instead of stupid Microsoft. I mean honestly microsoft is trying so hard to make money with their new Bing search and merging with companies. Don’t they have enough money? They’re like the Wal-Mart of the technical world for god’s sake. Unfortunately, for some reason I can imagine in the future that the sidekick data network won’t exist anymore or it will be so crappy cause microsoft is running the show that no one will use it and then the sidekick might drop off the face of the planet. R.I.P Sidekicks πŸ™

    sad but true!



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