On Monday, Microsoft revealed its much anticipated smartphones, the Kin One and the Kin Two – devices which features are centered on social-networking.
Says Robert J. Bach, president of Microsoft’s entertainment and devices division, “This is aimed at 15- to 30-year-olds who are social-networking enthusiasts.”
The Kin One and Kin Tow allow users to sync their favourite social networking site, such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. They also sport a unique photo-montage style menu, and 5 (Kin One) and 8 (Kin Two) megapixels cameras.
Both phones feature a touch screen and slide-out keyboard. Kin One is smaller and more compact, while Kin Two is designed for two-handed texting. The Kin Two also features double the memory at 8 GB, as well as the ability to record high-definition video.
The phones' home screen, the KIN Loop, offers real-time feeds and status updates from social networking sites. To share an item with friends, users just drag it into a small circle called the Spot. Graphically, the item then disappears, and poof! - it's shared.
KIN will be the first Windows Phone to feature a built-in media player powered by Microsoft's Zune software. And those with a Zune Pass subscription using Zune software on their PC can listen to millions of songs from Zune Marketplace on their phone.
Kin phones, manufactured by Sharp, will debut in the U.S. in May on Verizon Wireless. Vodafone will be distributing the phone in Europe. No pricing has been disclosed at this time.