It looks like the KIN is still kicking! If you loaded up a KIN phone recently you might have noticed some new features. There was no actual user-indication of an update being installed or downloaded, but the new features just magically appeared. First up you’ve got Twitter avatar images in the Loop now. I’m glad to see that since previously all you had were blank little boxes.
You’ve also got the ability to reply to Twitter tweets! That’s a very welcome addition!
The KIN Loop will also show image links within the shell instead of having [...]
This is unusual. As retailers try to flush the failed Microsoft KIN out of their inventory systems, some are offering to *pay you* to buy one. You read that right. Over at Wirefly you can get a free KIN One or Two with a new contract, and then you’ll get paid a $30 credit on your Verizon bill. Get them while they’re hot! Or, perhaps not so hot.
There’s a rumor being perpetuated by Daring Fireball that Microsoft only sold 503 KIN devices. Many other sites are picking up this posting as though it were true. What I find interesting is that the KIN registers its Facebook app on Facebook, where anybody can actually see the total number of monthly active users of the application. The KIN Facebook app is only available on KIN devices and can only be used by people who have KIN devices. So how many people are actually using KIN devices that are connected to Facebook? 8,810 as of right now.
If you see anyone [...]
For those of you mourning the death of the KIN, there’s a place where you can go to light a “virtual candle” to share your sentiments about the social-friendly phone called RIP KIN. Yes, someone actually made a website to mourn the KIN. As the site points out, KIN’s life was a short one. It went on sale on May 13 of this year, and was killed just 48 days later, which is pretty astounding if you think about it. KIN may take the prize as the shortest lifespan of a new cell phone platform. Sales must have been truly abysmal.
More seriously, I have some [...]
Now that the KIN phones are dead, Jared Newman of PC World has written an article listing 4 features he’d like to see resurected in its sequel, Windows Phone 7: The Wrath of Kin.
Here’s his list:– Kin Studio– Drag and Drop Media– One Big Fat Feed– Distinctive Look
You can see the original article here.
Is there anything else you would salvage from the KIN for Windows Phone 7?
This is quite a surprise! According to Engadget, the KIN series of feature phones available on Verizon have been cancelled for release in Europe and the product team responsible for KIN has been merged back into the Windows Phone 7 team. Here’s Microsoft’s official statement:
“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 [...]
Conflipper has noticed on the Microsoft Answers forum that a KIN moderator mentioned that an update is coming mid-summer which will address most of the original poster’s concerns about replying and retweeting twitter tweets as well as viewing YouTube videos. The moderator’s comment may not apply to all of those issues, but Conflipper seems confident that the update will add the new twitter features as well as the ability to see more than 3 Facebook photo gallery images in the loop. There’s still no word on if we’ll see a calendar that syncs with Facebook and/or [...]
The Bing mobile website, m.bing.com, has seen a major update recently. Unfortunately, the update does not work on Windows Mobile Classic, but it will work great on the Zune HD and KIN phones. The update brings Bing’s mobile website a bit closer to the functionality and design aesthetics of the desktop version. It now shows information cards where possible instead of just a list of links as before. Switching from portrait to landscape orientations even resizes and reformats the mobile site. That means you don’t have to pinch/zoom/pan everywhere to make it fit, which is a [...]
The KIN represents a pretty big bet from Microsoft on what a certain group of people (those that are socially-connected and young) want in a mobile device. With that in mind, we’re curious about your perception of the KIN platform, whether you’ve used a KIN or not. Please vote in this poll, and drop a comment on your thoughts on KIN!
What Do You Think About KIN?online survey
Microsoft is rumored to be adding instant messaging services to its KIN Windows Phone models. The social media-centric, youth-targeted mobile phones had integration with popular social networks, but lacked IM support–a feature that was part of the Danger Sidekick experience. According to Conflipper on Engadget, Yahoo! Messenger, Live Messenger, and AOL/AIM support will be forthcoming.
The news that IM integration would be coming to KIN wouldn’t be too far fetched considering that the KIN team had told us that they are continuously looking at ways to improve the KIN [...]
Gizmodo has an interesting article about how the KIN phones and the KIN Studio give us a good look at the future of computing. Everyone expects all of our applications and computing power to be integrated with the cloud in the future. That is to say it will somehow be connected to the internet at all times. The KIN Studio is an excellent example of this type of integrated application, and it would seem that Microsoft would have all of the pieces necessary to produce a very pleasant future in the cloud.
Take a look at the Gizmodo article for more information about what Gizmodo [...]
Now that Best Buy is selling the KIN phones, they’ve got some more discounts. The KIN One is available for free with contract, while the KIN Two is just $50. The rate plans are still Verizon’s normally high-price options, but apparently most people only look at the initial cost of the phone when deciding on a purchase.
One of the most impressive and unique aspects of Microsoft’s new KIN phones is the KIN Studio. It’s a Silverlight application that you can log into with the Windows Live ID used to set up your KIN phone. The KIN Phone syncs everything from your phone to the KIN Studio for easy access. You can set up RSS feeds to appear on your phone’s Loop from here, as well as manage contacts, read text/MMS messages, view photos/videos, save content to your computer, and even share things on Facebook/MySpace/Windows Live. You can even see maps of where you were when you took your [...]
You know how Android and Apple are all about how many apps you can download for your phones? KIN isn’t about that. KIN is about having fun with your friends. KIN is about going to awesome parties around the country. Here’s a few clips and photos from some of the crazy parties and concerts KIN has been throwing. The concerts are free, but you don’t know where they’re going to be until a few hours before it happens. And tonight there’s one in Chicago! Check out KIN’s Facebook Events page for the deets, but the actual location won’t be [...]
Most “smart” phones these days are really dumb when it comes to outdoor screen readability. Sure, the screen looks great when you’re inside with the lights out, but when you’re actually mobile and need to use some mobile-related feature of your phone, it turns out you can’t see anything on the screen. Luckily the KIN phones are designed for people who do have lives that take place outdoors and the screen was designed to accommodate. While it’s not as good as the screens from 10 years ago, it’s still going to be quite usable at the beach or [...]
Microsoft’s latest Windows Phone addition, the KIN Two, had a cameo appearance on the CW network’s Gossip Girl television show. With Verizon having previously targeted its prior Motorola Droid marketing campaign at men and its Palm Pre Plus at moms, perhaps this product placement will help Microsoft and the carrier target teens, tweens, and young hipsters on the CW.
Since we’re such big fans of the Zune music service, we were very curious and a bit excited about the KIN phones since they’re the first phones to support Zune. Here’s our video comparison between the Zune HD and the KIN Two.
Both devices are paired with a Zune Pass subscription so that you can get the full experience. What’s certainly awesome about having a phone with Zune Pass support built in is that you have streaming Zune pass and music download support from anywhere that you’ve got internet reception. So say you’re in the car and a [...]
Remember how ActiveSync could only sync one phone at a time? Luckily the Zune desktop software won’t have this limitation for Windows Phone 7, KIN, and other Zune devices. As you can see in the screenshots above, we’ve got a Zune HD and a KIN TWO connected to the same Zune desktop software at the same time. It’s very easy to switch between which device you’d like to manage both from the icon in the lower left and the Device management pages.
If a couple of tweets from littus are to believed (this person has apparently developed a reputation of correctly predicting Microsoft’s plans for its products), it looks like the next iteration of KIN devices will use a custom version of Windows Phone 7, allowing it to use Marketplace apps. The current generation of KIN phones won’t be able to update to this new platform. Also, KIN devices will continue to use the Nvidia Tegra platform, and will sport a new three-button configuration.
(via: Geekword, thanks for the tip Muhammad)
Mark/Space, the popular maker of synchronization alternative or replacement software called Missing Sync, has been tapped by Microsoft to develop the Mac desktop synchronization client for KIN owners. With KIN Media Sync for Mac, users can sync non-DRM protected music, videos, and photos.
Mac users who purchase a KIN can visit Mark/Space to download the KIN Media Sync client.
According to the company’s press release, “With KIN Media Sync, Mac users can sync individual songs or entire albums, genres, artists and playlists of music between a KIN phone and [...]
So, the KIN phones are now shipping if you’ve ordered from the Verizon website and they’ll be available in stores today. The KIN Facebook page has well over 170,000 fans so far, it keeps growing, and it’s seeing a lot of action. In addition to questions, many people are posting their opinions on the Facebook page and below you’ll see a sampling of the buzz we’re hearing. Even though tech-reviewers give it bad reviews it sounds like this may be exactly what the “upload generation” was actually looking for.
Amy Fudally – I got my kin [...]
Over at PC World we hear Microsoft and Verizon defend the pricing plan for the KIN series of social networking phones, but we also learn that Microsoft plans to merge the KIN family with Windows Phone 7 devices in the future.
“Over the longer term, we’ll be merging platforms and having downloadable apps,” said Greg Sullivan, senior product manager with Microsoft’s mobile communications unit.
On the other hand, he still implies a distinct separation:“If you want to amplify your life and are in searching mode, the Kin is for you and if want [...]