The world of mobile devices is a rather fast paced one. Normally, we get the best, the latest, and the greatest and are happy about it… until the next one comes out. All of the sudden devices are no longer as attractive as they were when we got them, even if their functionality hasn’t gone down from the day they were purchased. Microsoft’s latest attempt at releasing a hip device seems to have been a monumental failure. According to an article submitted by XDA moderator and developer Da_G, it seems that Microsoft decided to cut their losses and consolidate all of its efforts in the upcoming Windows Phone 7. There are certain reports which point to the Kins not being released in Europe. However, according to the dev team for the Kin, the devices will be released for Vodafone sometime in autumn.
Microsoft has decided to cut its losses early with the Kin phones.
The company rolled out the Kin One and Kin Two phones in April and began selling them in May. On the last day of June, the Softies announced they had decided against selling the Kins in Europe and planned to fold the Kin team into the Windows Phone 7 team.
You can find the rest of the article in ZDNet.com.
Thanks Da_G for the tip.
The administrators have decided to again add some new forums to XDA, this time the Microsoft KIN One and Two have been added. This will hopefully lead to more development for those devices… in that way we keep the forum healthy and updated. The new forum is further divided into:
The KIN devices are quite different from other devices that are getting support from the forums; apart from the fact that they are the first Microsoft devices, the operating systems on both devices are completely new. XDA moderator Da_G explains why the forums have been added nevertheless:
The KIN devices are branded Windows Phone and do run a version of CE as the underlying operating system, just a different UI from Windows Phone 7. Hacking away at these is good experience for WP7 hacking, at any rate.
Another reason is the fact that the bootloaders of these devices are similar if not identical to the setup for Windows Phone 7, so it is pretty possible to port it. However the resolution of the KINs is quite different which could cause some extra development effort. We hope to see some nice unique development in future for these phones, and expect to learn a lot from the development and research being done to this completely new OS.