In San Francisco, Robbie Bach unveiled the “KIN,” (previously codenamed Pink) is a new Windows Phone in partnership with Verizon and Sharp. KIN is a new social experience from Microsoft that combines phone, online services and PC. Designed for “socially connected” audience with unique features helps you navigate your social life. It brings together who and what you love in a whole new way. There’ll be two devices: Kin1 and Kin 2. KIN has several unique features:
- KIN Loop is your favorite people and the things you love—on your home screen, in real time. You tell KIN who and what is important, and it delivers the latest updates from your favorite places (Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Windows Live)
- KIN Spot share almost anything – photos, texts, web pages – with almost anyone by simply dragging them to a “spot” on your phone. Since the Spot is always on your screen you don’t have to worry about opening a new application to share and upload
- KIN Studio is your KIN phone on the web. Everything you create on your phone – messages, contacts, photos, videos – is also stored in the cloud and accessible from any web browser. The content that’s important to you is automatically backed up to your own secure website and presented in a visual timeline to make it easy to view and share with friends. And with all the storage you’ll need, there’s almost no limit on what you can keep.
KIN will be exclusively available from Verizon Wireless in the U.S. beginning in May and from Vodafone this autumn in Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. A live webcast of the event is available here. The company says the phones — the KIN ONE and KIN TWO — will be available from Verizon Wireless in the U.S. starting in May, and in German, Italy, Spain and the U.K. from Vodafone.