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KIN's dead baby, KIN's dead

We can't say that we didn't see this one coming. When Microsoft announced the the KIN One and KIN Two smartphones in April, we were concerned that the customers targeted by Microsoft -- those ranging from tweens to college-aged adults -- just weren't gonna fall for these socially-geared phones.

It appears that Microsoft found out too late that no one was buying their story about how well these devices would be received by consumers. Today, Microsoft confirmed that both the KIN One and KIN Two are getting the axe:

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.

The chubby KIN One was priced at $49 while the keyboard-equipped KIN Two was priced at $99 (both after a $100 mail-in rebate). In addition, both phones had to be paired with a $29 data plan on Verizon's network.

In the face of such powerful (and much more capable) competition like the $99 Apple iPhone 3GS and the $129 HTC Aria, the two KIN phones never stood a chance.

Reviews gave the two devices a "meh" for the most part with Engadget saying, "Here are much better choices for much less money on the market, and Microsoft hasn't demonstrated to us why you would choose this phone over those" and Gizmodo adding, "This bizarre pricing will make potential KIN buyers' minds jump from messaging phones, which the KIN compares favorably to, to thoughts of smartphones, with app stores and full mapping and real browsers."

So long KIN, we hardly knew ye.



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RE: Windows Phone 7
By inighthawki on 6/30/2010 6:46:51 PM , Rating: 5
I'm actually looking forward to windows phone 7 phones. Yeah it's true not many people are too interested in zunes, but the reason why is not because they are bad.

I have a zune hd and i absolutely LOVE the interface. Probably the best I've ever used on a mobile device. I've seen a dozen iphones and android phones and not a single one has really caught my interest.

Win7 phones look really interesting to me though, and look FAR more creative and innovative than the iphone os, which is just a polished off version of every other mobile OS out there with the standard icon layout and glossy button ui thats available on everything these days.

The iphone os does have the massive advantage of apps, but lets face it, if you have looked into win phone 7 development at all you can see it has the potential to skyrocket. The application development is all done very consistently using some top of the line design tools in visual studio. There is even a special version of visual studio available for win phone 7 development with a full gui designer much like the windows forms designer interface available in past visual studio IDEs.

While I'm not particularly happy about the forceful push towards solely C#/XNA development, it happens to be a great set of libraries for novice developers to make something great.

Managed memory in C#/.NET makes application development on the phone quicker and reduces the bugginess of code for those that are not incredibly skilled in C/C++, and the built in libraries offer a vast amount of code already done for you. I think the win phone 7 series might end up more like xbox. It started off really slow and waited long to get into the game, but like they did with 360, they gave developers a LOT of good free tools to really kick it off, and look how it turned out. It is arguably the most popular console out to date, with the exception of the wii, though i think in terms of rate of sales its likely to catch up soon if it hasn't already.

But sadly if you think that win phone 7 is anything like the KIN attempt, then you are completely wrong. With all of my excitement for win phone 7 and my love of my zune hd, I think these things look like utter garbage, so you can only imagine how little popularity they really have.


RE: Windows Phone 7
By theplaidfad on 6/30/2010 6:58:43 PM , Rating: 1
Steve? Mr. Ballmer, is that really you?


RE: Windows Phone 7
By lagitup on 6/30/2010 7:25:10 PM , Rating: 5
No, really, every point he makes is valid and practical. Also bear in mind that xda developers is essentially an (quite large) evangelist community for anything with an HTC logo, and that HTC is supporting WinPhone 7. Heh, see what I did there? WinPhone?


RE: Windows Phone 7
By theplaidfad on 7/1/10, Rating: 0
RE: Windows Phone 7
By Phoque on 6/30/2010 9:39:54 PM , Rating: 2
I would certainly consider a Windows Phone 7. I'm just wondering if Microsoft will make their own smartphone using it, and, if not, why. I see the Zune as being a good start ( maybe not in terms of sales, but in terms of engineering experience ), similar to the way Apple had it coming, before launching their own smartphone.


RE: Windows Phone 7
By xler8r on 7/1/10, Rating: 0
"My sex life is pretty good" -- Steve Jobs' random musings during the 2010 D8 conference














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