June 13, 2024

The Rise of Smartphones: The Failed Experiment with Microsoft Kin – A Chapter in Mobile History

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Kin: Microsoft’s Answer to the Latest iPhone and Android Phones in 2008

In the early 20th century, iOS operating systems for iPhones and Android smartphones emerged with the iconic HTC Dream. This marked the beginning of the smartphone era, as smartphone giants like Apple, Google, and Samsung began competing for dominance in the market.

During this time, Microsoft had been in the mobile device industry with its Windows Mobile devices. However, following the release of the iPhone, Microsoft began working on ‘Microsoft Pink’ or ‘Project Pink’. This project was led by J Allard, while another team, led by Andy Lees, was working on Windows Phone. These teams had different visions for Microsoft’s mobile strategy, leading to internal conflicts within the company.

Eventually, Lees’ team won out and Microsoft Kin was born. The unique smartphone was marketed as a social networking and communication device targeted towards a younger audience. However, its launch was met with criticism due to controversial marketing tactics promoting sexting. The Kin ONE and Kin Two were the two products released under this line, both featuring touchscreen displays cameras and a sliding QWERTY keyboard.

Despite its innovative concept, the Kin did not have an app store or email syncing capabilities. It also lacked popular features like instant messaging apps and had a poorly designed keyboard. Ultimately

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