Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Microsoft Announces KIN Smartphone - Specifically Designed for Social Networking

Remember the birth of the smartphone? Back in the day many of us were carrying two devcies, a PDA with our calendar, contacts, and lots of other stuff, and a phone to stay in contact with others. When the two devices merged it gave birth to the smartphone category and people who had been carrying 2 things were amazed and thankful for the simplicity.

Microsoft is hoping to spur a similar reaction with the introduction of their new KIN phone. The idea behind the KIN is social networking. Rather than focusing on the phone or the software, the folks at Redmond have instead focused on keeping the user connected to their friends, family, and followers. KIN is designed for people who are heavy social network types that want to stay "always connected" with Facebook, Twitter, and other such sites.

It will be available through Verizon in the US (soon) and Vodaphone in Europe (this fall).

Even the phone's website is awash in the feel of social networking. Check it out for all the details.

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