April 12th, 2010
02:20 PM ET

Microsoft unveils 'KIN' smartphones

Microsoft unveiled two new smartphones Monday, designed for the new generation of heavy social networking users.

Called the KIN ONE and the KIN TWO, the phones feature many of the standard offerings of smartphones currently on the market: touch screens, slide-out keyboards, Web browsers with pinch-to-zoom, and applications for download. Where the phones differ from traditional smartphones is in the integration with social networks.

Instead of a slew of application-launching buttons, the phones' home screen houses the combined feeds from the user's social networks like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. The new phones also have a green "spot" on the main screen where users can drag photos, Web links and social network messages into and then share with friends.

The KIN phones are designed to fill a niche among teens and young adults who use their phones to text, tweet and post things to Facebook at least as much as they make phone calls.

"We saw an opportunity to design a mobile experience just for this social generation - a phone that makes it easy to share your life moment to moment," said Robbie Bach, Microsoft's president of the Entertainment and Devices Division, in a statement.

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  1. Jeff Schmitz

    What a joke this will go over like the ZUNE! keep trying to be cool MS you have no chance.

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