KIN No More – Microsoft Kills Its Social Networking Baby, the KIN

Image of the Microsoft KIN One in the hand

Image of the Microsoft KIN One in the hand

Ah, the Microsoft Kin One and Two. Probably a pair of the most confusing dumb or smart phones ever made. And that’s part of the problem. Was it a dumb phone? According to Verizon and Microsoft, Kin One and Two surfed the web and did HTML e-mail, so therefore the Kin One and Two were smart phones. However, beyond that and some social networking integration, the Kin phones did little else. They didn’t have access to third party apps and they lacked features that their target demographic would want, like games.

Microsoft’s official word on the matter is:

“We have made the decision to focus exclusively on Windows Phone 7 and we will not ship KIN in Europe this fall as planned. Additionally, we are integrating our KIN team with the Windows Phone 7 team, incorporating valuable ideas and technologies from KIN into future Windows Phone releases. We will continue to work with Verizon in the U.S. to sell current KIN phones.”

Perhaps Microsoft should have done just that in the beginning – allocate the talent it put onto the Kin project into Windows Phone 7 instead of wasting the research, development and marketing on a device that is gone before it ever really came. After all, Microsoft wouldn’t comment on whether only 500 Kin phones were sold as earlier reported, and that says something. In addition to its lack of response, the prices on the Kin phones just kept dropping over such a short period of time.

Oh well, the idea was kinda nifty and I’m sad to see a service like Kin Studio go. Unlimited data storage for pictures and videos all arranged in a perfect timeline? Pretty awesome. It’s just too bad it didn’t have the proper hardware to go along with it. No tears shed here, so it’s time to hold our breath and see what Microsoft has in store for us with Windows Phone 7.

[Via: Engadget]

  • R2D2

    R2D2 here,

    MS says "valuable lessons learned." I laughed so hard a resistor blew out of my nose. What is MS thinking? Oh, they aren't. MS "No Kin Do" was a F A I L from the word go. Just one look at that device said "Run" to earthlings who know my Droids. Wise up MS! My Droids are being made by the millions on Tatooine. The Force is with us!

    Droids rule. You heard it here from R2D2

  • @WillieFDiaz

    Kin was a decent idea. The whole model of social networking phones started with Helio – at least in Korea and USA. I say this because they were the first to offer MySpace and Facebook integrated, Sidekick followed, and now iPhone and Android even BlackBerry all have their own respective apps for not just MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter, but some others too.

    KIN was a replacement for the dated Sidekick line, and an entry level device for people who want to stay social, but dont need the bells, whistles, and features of a full high end smartphone – these are NOT smartphones people, they are socialphones – big difference!
    The problem with KIN was the production and R&D time took way too long, 18 months too long, and the carrier Verizon just wasnt attractive with its pricing plans. Again, these are NOT Smartphones, they do not need Smartphone expense data. The proper carrier would have been Sprint or T-Mobile, simply because both companies are well aware and have used socialphones in the past and have attractive pricing not only for deposits but also prepay or hybrid plans for people who use said phones.

    While I do not own a KIN, and never will, I am kinda sad to see the next generation of "Sidekick" to go to the grave.

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