The Microsoft Kin Two is one of two Kin (codenamed ‘Pink’) next generation feature phones introduced by Microsoft in 2010. The Kins have a lot of similar built-in functionality as a smart phone but lack the ability to install 3rd party applications which is the defining characteristic of a smart phone. The Kin Two (codenamed ‘Pure’) is a curved rectangular slider with a larger keyboard for two-handed texting, a widescreen HVGA multi-touch display that supports pinch/zoom, an enhanced 8MP camera that also shoots high-definition videos, and 8GB of internal memory. Like the One, the Kin Two supports 24/7 access via syncing to Kin Studio, an online 'private space' for storing photos, videos, contacts and messages. This is done through 3G connectivity, although WiFi/Bluetooth are also available. Additional features include Zune media player (music/videos), a Mac-compatible music side-loader, and support for over-the-air firmware updates.
Geared for young, social-network-savvy adults, the Kin phones lack many of the features typical for a smartphone, such as personal organization/productivity software (calendar, tasks, etc.), support for third-party applications, and support for in-browser Flash or video streaming.
Featured on the Kin phones is a revitalized user interface (UI) based on “Spot” and “Loop”. The Loop concerns the home screen, which is in essence a collection of all the user’s social-network data, organized by priority. “Spot,” on the other hand, is a green circle that functions as a ‘universal attach’ button in that content (maps, status updates, videos, etc.) dragged to it is automatically shared with all the user’s contacts.
The phones release through Verizon Wireless (US) in May 2010 and Vodafone (Europe) in August 2010.
- Project “Pink” (Kin)
- Project “Pink Pure” (Kin Two)
- Spot/Loop User Interface
- Verizon/Vodafone Availability
- Curved Rectangular Slider Design
- QWERTY Keyboard
- HVGA Multi-Touch Display
- Audio/Video Capture (HD)
- Audio/Video Playback
- 24/7 Access to Kin Studio
- 3G/WiFi/Bluetooth Connectivity
- Zune Media Player
- Firmware Updates