Not only that, but the Kin is a pretty solid phone overall. Both operating systems ran the same Silverlight platform,  with Microsoft’s stated intention being to eventually merge Windows Phone with Kin. The new firmware on the repurposed “m” phones removed several data-centric features of the operating system, including many of the devices’ social elements such as the Loop home screen, the Spot, and access to the Kin Studio cloud storage site, which was shut down in January Kin had no app store and no third-party apps could be installed on the phones. Retrieved 12 April
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Microsoft Kin ONEm (Verizon Wireless)
The Kin Studio website was written in Silverlight and its appearance was similar to the Kin UI, even including a Spot for sharing content. This was done to accommodate Verizon’s new tiered data plans, which marked the end of unlimited data for users.
Not that there’s anything wrong wit Founders Bill Gates Paul Allen. The Loop and The Spot: Archived from the original on 16 April Other features missing on the original version continued to be absent, including disallowing Bluetooth access for file transfer and wireless printing. iin
Non-expandable 4 GB for storage. The Loop and The Spot have been completely done away with as well, as they directly designed to make use of the phone’s built-in social networking capacity.
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The Spot was represented as an omnipresent colored dot near the bottom center of the screen. Retrieved 16 April Just last week Verizon sent a letter to customers explaining that Kin Studio, the cloud service that allows Kin users free and unlimited storage of their photos, videos and contacts on Microsoft’s servers, will be closing permanently on January 31, This noem was last edited on 7 Novemberat Reviewers highlighted a number of notable omissions from Kin’s initial feature set: Within two months, Verizon stopped selling the phones because of poor sales.
The Kin ONE had a five- megapixel camera with standard-definition video recording capabilities.
The Kin Two, shown open. Engineers were told they should feel passion for the project, “Truly, Madly, Deeply”. Both operating systems ran the same Silverlight platform,  with Microsoft’s stated intention being to eventually merge Windows Phone with Kin.
How to Clone a Hard Drive. One seemingly data-laden feature of the old Kin devices which remained available for the repurposed phones was Zune Passalthough it was now able to stream music only over Wi-Fi, even when customers had 3G data enabled, to conserve data. Archived from the original on Being able to use Zune Pass through the 3G network was a big plus for the original Kin, so kkin will miss this feature. Kin was a short-lived mobile phone line from Microsoft designed for users of social networking.
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Microsoft described Kin ondm as “social phones”,  oem the feature phone and smartphone markets, with an emphasis on social networking and sharing of content, but without downloadable apps or games.
Tegra Developer Zone Press release. Retrieved 12 April Due to delays with Windows Phone, however, the software instead had to be based directly upon Windows CE. The Kin TWOm was discontinued in August ;  unsold inventory could still be found for sale on deals sites as late as June The unveiling of Microsoft Kin began when the company sent out invitations to select reporters for a mystery event in San Francisco on April 12, So be prepared to enter all of your contacts by hand to get started.
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