T-Mobile has gone grassroots to aid in the design of the newest Sidekick. Catapulting themselves into the user-feedback world of Twitter, they have asked their customers a very big question: “What would you like to see happen with Sidekick? Give us your wish list”.
We were a little surprised to see this coming now since rumours around a new Android-powered Sidekick “Twist” ran rampant earlier this year. The Android connection is an important one because of the prolific Andy Rubin. Beyond being the proud poppa of Android, Rubin co-founded Danger Inc. in a past life which produced the Danger Hiptop. That darned Hiptop was later re-branded as the T-Mobile Sidekick. Given all the parallels and intersections it’s not a stretch to say an Android-powered Sidekick could still be in the works here. And their union would be beautiful.
In the meantime, we definitely encourage current (and potential) Sidekick users to get their Tweets out to T-Mobile. Ignoring the obvious suggestion (make it an iPhone 4), we actually think this is a great idea. Twitter has made all the big companies increasingly self-conscious of what their customers are saying about them; and we can assure you, they’re listening. If consumer-provider relations were high school, then Twitter would be the forum for catty girls who mock your hairstyle, extra-curricular activities, acne and those hand-me-down jeans your mom made you wear. T-Mobile has decided all comments, good and bad, are constructive criticism and plan to make the best darned trendy, acne-free Sidekick ever!