Microsoft Announces KIN Smart Phones – Kin1, Kin2

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The much awaited Microsoft Pink phone has been launched and will be called ‘KIN’ phones.

The KIN phones, available this spring through Verizon Wireless in the U.S. and later this year through Vodafone in Germany, Italy, Spain and the U.K., let users organize and experience their social media feeds, video, messages and more, and share them with others as they choose.

Story of KIN

KIN began with a lot of research to help understand today’s younger generation, which has grown up with social media embedded into the fabric of their lives. The research involved everything from usage statistics, to target-customer profiles, to a Web-based “consumer collaboration” group called project muse that involved some 2,000 volunteers.

Kin Phones Microsoft
Kin Phones from Microsoft

KIN has a simple interface, which is designed to help people publish the magazine of their life by making the people and stuff they love the focus rather than menus and icons. The hardware design was developed in partnership with Sharp to create a new kind of social phone.

KIN Features

The home screen of the phone is called the KIN Loop, which is always up to date and always on, showing all the things happening in someone’s social world.

KIN Spot is a new way for people to share what’s going on in their world. It lets them focus first on the people and stuff they want to share rather than the specific application they want to use. Videos, photos, text messages, Web pages, location and status updates are shared by simply dragging them to a single place on the phone called the Spot. Once all the people and content are in the Spot to share, the consumer can choose how to share, and start broadcasting.

KIN Studio is your phone online. Almost everything created on the phone is available in the cloud from any Web browser. Photos and videos are freed from the confines of the phone and presented in an online visual timeline so they are easy to view and share. The KIN Studio automatically backs up texts, call history, photos, videos and contacts, and populates a personalized digital journal so it’s easy to go back in time to relive a crazy weekend or recent birthday.

Also, KIN will be the first Windows Phone to feature a Zune experience — including music, video, FM radio and podcast playback.

Kin1 vs Kin2

  • Kin1 is a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, while KIN2 is a landscape QWERTY slider.
  • Kin1 boasts of Compact Keyboard, and Kin2 has an ample keyboard for two handed texting.
  • Kin1 supports 5MP camera, and Kin2 has 8MP [also shoots HD video]
  • Memory: Kin1 [4GB], Kin2[8GB]

Microsoft is surely ‘Keen’ to break into the smartphone market, which so far has been dominated by Apple and Nokias of the world.

Microsoft has not yet announced the price of KIN phones yet.

» KIN’s official website.

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