Windows & Interoperability: Microsoft`s Kin One, Kin Two Smartphones Coming to Verizon

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2010-04-12 Print this article Print
Microsoft's Kin One, Kin Two Smartphones Coming to Verizon

Microsoft's Kin One, Kin Two Smartphones Coming to Verizon

by Nicholas Kolakowski
Microsoft unveiled its Kin One and Kin Two smartphones during high-profile presentations in San Francisco and New York on April 12, showing off the devices targeted at a younger, social-networking-happy demographic. The Kin One is a compact device with a sliding form-factor, reminiscent in many ways of the Palm Pre, while the Kin Two is more akin in its length and heft to the Sidekick, another smartphone that was aimed at a social-centric audience. In addition to presenting an aggregation of social-networking feeds on its home screen, both the Kin One and Kin Two emphasize connectivity through embedded cameras capable of shooting video, and an online Kin Studio that uploads data from the phone to the cloud for later retrieval. Both the Kin One and the Kin Two, once released in May on Verizon Wireless' network, will be the first Windows Phones to feature integration with Zune media player.
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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