To say we were unimpressed with the first leaked shots to come out of Microsofts “Project Pink” would be a bit of an understatement. This was Microsoft’s first in-house foray into the mobile hardware space, and we’d been hearing tales of it for years; yet in the end, what we were seeing was bad enough that we equated the two leaked devices to “a midgie Pre and a Touch Pro crossed with a jellybean”.
And now, it all begins to make sense. We were recently contacted by a source with a seemingly exhaustive knowledge of Microsoft’s Project Pink, and what they’ve shared with us doesn’t sound good. If what they’ve shared is true, it seems that the project as a whole began — and will likely end — in vain.
For the sake of proper disclosure, a bit on our source: they have maintained absolute anonymity. While they were careful to hold back any potentially identifiable details, they exhibited a very well defined knowledge of the project. We have since verified enough of the details with independent sources to believe what they’ve shared to be true.
Here’s what we have been told:
Signing off, our source says that the project “is near death and probably will be canceled.”
If what our source has shared with us is true, this is all rather depressing. Not because it means the Pink phones might not ship, mind you — as mentioned, we weren’t all that keen on the project to begin with — but because of what it means for the Sidekick line of phones. Danger took a massive hit when it lost some of it’s greatest minds to competing companies (CEO Andy Rubin took off to lead Android at Google, while Lead UI designer Matias Duarte is a big player behind Palm’s WebOS), but we’d always kept a special place in our hearts for the ol’ Kick. Our hopes of one more great Sidekick — possibly one rockin’ Android, or any other smartphone OS — were dashed when Microsoft snatched up the company last year. Now, it seems impossible.