Microsoft in cooperation with Sharp, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone has officially announced the new Windows Phone called KIN. Microsoft calls KIN as a new mobile device banking heavily on social networking features – the Loop, Spot and Studio. Manufactured by Sharp Corporation, Microsoft KIN will be exclusively distributed by Verizon Wireless in the U.S. starting in May and Vodafone in Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom starting this autumn.
To be available in two models simply called KIN ONE and KIN TWO, both of these Windows phones feature touch screen display and slide-out keyboard. The KIN Â TWO also features a larger screen and keyboard and a 8 megapixel camera. While the KIN ONE Â features a 5 megapixel camera. Both cameras boast image stabilization and LumiLED flash.
As a social phone Microsoft KIN automatically brings together feeds from leading Microsoft and third-party services including Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. The phone also allows you to select your favorite contacts who will given priorities for status updates, messages, feeds and photos when displayed on the phone’s “always-on” Â home screen called the KIN Loop.
Aside from these the phone also features the KIN Spot which allows you to focus first on people and the stuff they want to share rather than the specific application you want to use. Â It allows you to easily share videos, photos, text messages, web pages, location and status updates by simply dragging them into a single place on the KIN’s spot.
Another interesting feature of the phone is KIN Studio which automatically backs up text, call history, photos, videos and contacts in the cloud. KIN Studio gives you tons of storage space on Microsoft servers, hence you’d have more space in your phone’s storage.
Finally, Microsoft KIN will integrate Microsoft’s Zune interface for music, video, FM radio and podcast playback as well as access to Zune Marketplace.
So there. Microsoft has officially rejoined the smartphone arena with these two social phones. The question is – are you interested at all? Will this recapture Microsoft’s lost glory in the smartphone market?
Originally posted on April 12, 2010 @ 3:42 pm