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Microsoft Targets Social Networkers With KIN

Microsoft Targets Social Networkers With KIN

Microsoft took the wraps off of two new mobile phones designed for social network users. Known as the KIN One and KIN Two, the new phones are the result of a partnership with Verizon Wireless, Vodafone, and Sharp.

“Working closely with our partners, we saw an opportunity to design a mobile experience just for this social generation — a phone that makes it easy to share your life moment to moment,” said Robbie Bach, president of the Entertainment and Devices Division at Microsoft. “We built KIN for people who live to be connected, share, express and relate to their friends and family. This social generation wants and needs more from their phone. KIN is the one place to get the stuff you care about to the people you care about most.”



Both phones come with touchscreens and slide-out keyboards. The 4GB KINOne is a more compact model with a vertical slider whereas the 8GB KINTwo has a horizontal slider with more advanced features. The cameras on both phones have built-in image stabilization and LumiLED flash. You'll find a 5 megapixel camera on the KIN One and an 8 megapixel camera with high-def video recording capabilities on the KIN Two.

Described as a phone built for the youthful audience, the KIN family weaves social networking into the entire phone experience. The home screen (aka the KINLoop) displays feeds from Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter in a single location. Another area of the phone known as the KIN Spot lets you drag videos, photos, texts, Web pages, and other content to a single area of the phone and share that content with others. The KIN Studio puts the information from your phone on the Web. The KIN Studio automatically backs up texts, call history, photos, videos and contacts, and creates a personalized digital journal.



Recognizing that music and photos are a big part of people's lives today, the KIN includes the Zune Music & Media player and provides one-click uploading of photos. KIN owners can use a Zune Pass subscription to download music and video content.

The new phones will be available exclusively through Verizon Wireless beginning in May. Vodafone will get the handsets in the fall; at that time, they will be available in Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom.


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Those things look great for skipping like stones! :P

Interesting that Microsoft is coming out with phones, Gates must be hurting from all the Taxes!

The more interesting concept would have been the Eye piece that simulates a computer screen, built into glasses or separate, with the air mouse. Al running Windows, with phone and WiFi connections. One that would replace all these smartphones and Pads coming out :)

If they would have done that then they could have bypassed trying to play compete and catch up!

So let me guess the Kin One is supposed to appeal to business people who want to slip it in their front shirt pocket, and the Kin Two is aimed at the Sidekick generation.

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animatortom:

Those things look great for skipping like stones! :P

Interesting that Microsoft is coming out with phones, Gates must be hurting from all the Taxes!

The more interesting concept would have been the Eye piece that simulates a computer screen, built into glasses or separate, with the air mouse. Al running Windows, with phone and WiFi connections. One that would replace all these smartphones and Pads coming out :)

If they would have done that then they could have bypassed trying to play compete and catch up!

So let me guess the Kin One is supposed to appeal to business people who want to slip it in their front shirt pocket, and the Kin Two is aimed at the Sidekick generation.

 

 

Too bad eye pieces are not hip and cool. Not only that, Microsoft isn't really the trend setter for teens and young adults. If it ever has a chance, Apple will have to release it.

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What? No 3D? how 2008. (laughing and ducking)

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They seem like nice feature phones. If they truly are aimed @ kids though they wouldn't be on Verizon's network due to Verizon expensive data plans. Unless Verizon comes out with a Kin add-on for their family plans which only adds like $50 to a current family plan for unlimited data for up to 3-4 phones it won't be worth it to the target audience. At least thats what I am thinking.

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digitaldd:

They seem like nice feature phones. If they truly are aimed @ kids though they wouldn't be on Verizon's network due to Verizon expensive data plans. Unless Verizon comes out with a Kin add-on for their family plans which only adds like $50 to a current family plan for unlimited data for up to 3-4 phones it won't be worth it to the target audience. At least thats what I am thinking.

I don't know, I think there's going to be a specific plan for the KIN in which the prices will be within the reach of kids. Basically I'm thinking that Microsoft picked Verizon Wireless because of their huge coverage area and reliability. Seriously what would happen if they'd release KIN on AT&T or something, a lot of people would be complaining right about now and the product would not be selling. I'm also thinking that they picked Verizon Wireless because they seem like the right guys who can promote a phone like this. Have you seen advertisements for LG's Chocolate of Motorola's Droid? I'm sure they can apply the same magic to the KIN line of phones.

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TaylorKarras:

digitaldd:

They seem like nice feature phones. If they truly are aimed @ kids though they wouldn't be on Verizon's network due to Verizon expensive data plans. Unless Verizon comes out with a Kin add-on for their family plans which only adds like $50 to a current family plan for unlimited data for up to 3-4 phones it won't be worth it to the target audience. At least thats what I am thinking.

I don't know, I think there's going to be a specific plan for the KIN in which the prices will be within the reach of kids. Basically I'm thinking that Microsoft picked Verizon Wireless because of their huge coverage area and reliability. Seriously what would happen if they'd release KIN on AT&T or something, a lot of people would be complaining right about now and the product would not be selling. I'm also thinking that they picked Verizon Wireless because they seem like the right guys who can promote a phone like this. Have you seen advertisements for LG's Chocolate of Motorola's Droid? I'm sure they can apply the same magic to the KIN line of phones.

If Verizon comes in with a $10-15 a month Kin plan like T-mobile has with their Sidekick plans, that is more palatable. But keep in mind these phones have a real web browser and will consume smartphone like amounts of data which Verizon likes to charge their users for. If users have to pay the Verizon data tax though these phones will fail upon introduction.

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TaylorKarras:

digitaldd:

They seem like nice feature phones. If they truly are aimed @ kids though they wouldn't be on Verizon's network due to Verizon expensive data plans. Unless Verizon comes out with a Kin add-on for their family plans which only adds like $50 to a current family plan for unlimited data for up to 3-4 phones it won't be worth it to the target audience. At least thats what I am thinking.

I don't know, I think there's going to be a specific plan for the KIN in which the prices will be within the reach of kids. Basically I'm thinking that Microsoft picked Verizon Wireless because of their huge coverage area and reliability. Seriously what would happen if they'd release KIN on AT&T or something, a lot of people would be complaining right about now and the product would not be selling. I'm also thinking that they picked Verizon Wireless because they seem like the right guys who can promote a phone like this. Have you seen advertisements for LG's Chocolate of Motorola's Droid? I'm sure they can apply the same magic to the KIN line of phones.

If Verizon comes in with a $10-15 a month Kin plan like T-mobile has with their Sidekick plans, that is more palatable. But keep in mind these phones have a real web browser and will consume smartphone like amounts of data which Verizon likes to charge their users for. If users have to pay the Verizon data tax though these phones will fail upon introduction.

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You guys must remember that most kids are going to be on their parents plan. They will try to avoid paying for it as long as they possibly can!
 
These phones maybe marketed to kids. But Verizon probably has a plan in place that will target that market and give good incentives towards family plan upgrades.
 
Now that kids can stay on their parents health insurance until they are 26, And school is going public until after college. Then I am sure the same entitlements will apply for Family plan phone service!
 
These two are like the next generation of phones for people who grew up seeing sidekicks and Pre's.

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Any idea what the cost is, off contract and unlocked?

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I find it interesting that Microsoft named their phones as Kin which reminds me of next of Kin. I guess they are using it a a simile to show how young adults/teens can be close to each other using their phones.

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Eh, it's too bad Microsoft didn't try and do anything with their Zune line.  I was seriously hoping that's how they were going to approach the Apple scene.  But no, they made the Kin line.

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mentaldisorder:

Eh, it's too bad Microsoft didn't try and do anything with their Zune line.  I was seriously hoping that's how they were going to approach the Apple scene.  But no, they made the Kin line.

They probably just hoped to launch a product to battle each of the Apple stuff. So keeping the Zune in the music player realm to battle the iPods. Releasing the KIN to take some of the phone market.

What were you hoping from the Zune line anyways?

 

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Look at the older posts, Hot Hardware did a review of the new Zune HD's

They are actually a step ahead of the IPod's. I believe when all this tablet brew-haha gets settled in, and we see more of the Windows Slates/Pads being used. We might end up seeing a rise in Zune sales. If they could across all units make them easier and cheaper and with more features. They will definitely be able to put Apples unrequited smug arrogance in their place :P

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I believe it is more along the lines of getting kids to say...Mom Kin you buy this for me! Kin I have one..Please! :)

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