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


Mar 26, 2024

In the early 20th century, iOS operating systems for iPhones and Android smartphones emerged with the iconic HTC Dream. In response, Microsoft introduced the Microsoft Kin, a product that is often overlooked but marked the beginning of the smartphone era. During this time, smartphone giants like Apple, Google, and Samsung were all competing for dominance in the market.

Microsoft had been in the mobile device industry for some time 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. This 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, calendar app, or email syncing capabilities. The devices also lacked popular features like instant messaging apps and had a poorly designed keyboard. Ultimately, Microsoft Kin failed to gain traction in the market, with only 500 units sold at launch. The product was eventually discontinued, marking a brief but important moment in the history of smartphones.

By editor

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