by Chuong Nguyen | April 22, 2010 4:14 AM
An unearthed Google cache code reveals what may be two pricing models for the data plan for the Microsoft KIN--Windows Phone's newest sibling--which is set to debut on Verizon Wireless sometime next month in May. The social media and sharing-centric devices (there is a KIN One and KIN Two) will either be available with a basic plan or a premium plan if the Google cache information holds true at launch date. The basic plan features unlimited text and contact backup. The premium plan adds on more minutes, an expanded data plan--which we take to mean unlimited web access, and access to the ...
by Chuong Nguyen | April 21, 2010 1:35 AM
According to the Windows Phone Germany Facebook page, Microsoft is really getting social with the specs of the KIN social media-centric feature phones. According to the site, the KIN One will feature a 2.6-inch QVGA capacitive touchscreen that's landscape oriented and slides over a full QWERTY keyboard for sleek one-hand operations. A 5-megapixel camera with dual LED flash to help users capture and share memories. GPS, Bluetooth, FM radio, accelerometer, WiFi, USB support (micro USB port) are all on board as well as choice between CDMA technology for Verizon Wireless (coming May) or HSPA ...
by Adam Z. Lein | April 17, 2010 6:56 PM
If you're curious about Rosa as she takes her journey with the new Kin phones, here's something fun. She also raps! Take a look at her Salt n Peppa' cover of "Let's talk about Sex" on College Humor (if you dare). Microsoft has already had some issues with old people complaining about Kin's "Sexting" features, so it's good to see that the Kin social networking spokeswoman promotes responsible and safe picture messaging.
by Adam Z. Lein | April 16, 2010 11:55 AM
The new Kin phones and service were just announced a few days ago, but already the Kin Facebook page has over 30,000 fans. Earlier this morning it was around 24,000 fans. Of course, most of us smartphone power users don't see much appeal in the Kin, but we said that about the original Danger Sidekick devices as well. Could these new phones actually be a hit despite the naysayers?
by Brandon Miniman | April 15, 2010 7:58 PM
Microsoft has put together a special KIN YouTube channel that takes us on the adventure of Rosa, a KIN-user, that wants to determine if the people she's friends with online are really her friends by going to visit them. Yes, this experiment (in real life) is potentially unsafe, but the results are generally funny. Be sure to watch the Matty G segment. Click on to the KIN channel.
by Chuong Nguyen | April 15, 2010 12:00 AM
Although the KIN claims to be a "kindred spirit" of the Windows Phone family, there is enough different about the platform and the underlying UI to warrant a second look by Windows Mobile veterans and may excite those moving from feature phones or the Sidekick (MIcrosoft had acquired Sidekick parent company Danger). While the KIN shares the same core Windows Phone 7 architecture, the device is made for one purpose only, and that purpose is communications. Whether by voice, email, text, or social messaging, KIN asks us to share our life, thoughts, and memories with friends and family. It's ...
by Anton D. Nagy | April 14, 2010 2:12 PM
The are quite a few KINs out there but we know for sure where (at least) one of them is. Derek Snyder, Senior Product Manager with Microsoft and pocketnow.com alum uses his KIN(s) frequently to post on his Facebook page. And we know that for sure because Facebook features special icons for services linked to Facebook and Derek's latest updates are tagged as being made from KIN. Even more, Twitter seems to already tag KIN tweets and since we only know about Derek, you can check the integration on his Twitter page.
by Chuong Nguyen | April 13, 2010 8:56 AM
The KIN Two is the KIN One's bigger brother and sports a layout that is more familiar to Windows Mobile users with a landscape sliding screen and wider keyboard, not unlike the HTC Touch Pro2 sans tilt. The second model in the KIN family also sports a more familiar form factor to Sidekick users, for which this new platform will mostly replace after Microsoft's acquisition of Danger. The KIN Two, like the KIN One, is made by Sharp and feels lighter than it looks--for me personally, it did feel a bit hollow, but not cheap. The keyboard was clicky and the screen was comfortable with a ...
by Brandon Miniman | April 12, 2010 3:50 PM
Today we heard about KIN, Microsoft latest new product that is aimed to become the phone of choice for the "social generation." Naturally, there are opposing views on whether KIN represents a fantastic new idea that will gain tons of traction, or if it will be destined to a fate of mediocre sales caused by being overshadowed by the more advanced and versitile mobile operating systems like Android, iPhone, Windows Phone 7, and so on. What Do You Think About KIN?polls We're curious to hear what you think about KIN, so please sound off in the poll above. Here's a glimpse at what our readers ...
by Anton D. Nagy | April 12, 2010 3:00 PM
You've probably heard it by now, Microsoft's Kin One and Kin Two have joined the Windows Phone family in two different form factors. What I especially like about the KIN One so far among other things (hopefully it is the same with the KIN Two) is the new page curling-like screen locking solution, where you have to tap the lower left corner where the lock screen is curled and drag it over to the right just like you'd flip a page. Check the video below for a Channel 9 hands-on demo and watch for the page curl screen lock at 8:05. (Source: Channel9)