heard plenty of rumors of it already, that
launch its own phone hardware which might be related to a rumor project
code-named "Pink", and
which seems to be under development in parallel to Microsoft's
7. Nevertheless, so far everything was and still is pure speculation.
However, it's fact that
Microsoft bought Danger some time ago and therefore, this new rumor makes
definitely send (maybe even too much sense). Anyway, Apple insider site 9 to 5
Mac just received further information that Microsoft will unleash two new
smartphones, probably at CES in January next.
According to 9 to 5 Mac's info, these smartphones are the rumored Pink
smartphones and are expected to be manufactured by Sharp (which also
manufactured the Danger Hip-Top/Sidekick phones in the past). Furthermore, it's
said that these devices will be even co-branded as "Microsoft+Sharp" products.
9 to 5 Mac even said it received some further information about the hardware
design. It's said that one device, code-named "Turtle" (which is said to look
like a dressed up Motorola QA1) -
features a slide-out keyboard and it is meant to be open when being used as a
The other device is said to be a more traditionally-shaped candybar slider and
is code-named "Pure".
Furthermore it's said, that the Pink devices will continue to use the App
Store model that the Sidekick has employed with over-the-air applications
appearing on your phone bill.
All these information seems to be pretty detailed and it's the best we've
heard about Microsoft's project Pink so far. Nevertheless, it's definitely
better to take this information with a grain of salt since nothing is confirmed.
It's yet completely unclear if project Pink exists in real, what it is about and
if it is about smartphones and hardware. If Pink and phones really exists, it's
also completely unknown if these phones will run on a kind of Windows Mobile
operating system or if it will be something completely different.
UPDATE: 9 to 5 Mac has
posted a drawing of what they said is expected to be the "Turtle" (see
Cheers ~ Arne