When Kin One and Kin Two launched, everyone was a little bit puzzled. Why would Microsoft announce Windows Phone 7 but run a different OS on the first two own-brand phones it's ever produced? And these were cheap phones aimed at social networking and messaging; no one ever expected Microsoft to first target a niche market before releasing a phone for everyone.
It looks like Microsoft agrees with us. Just 48 days after the devices went on sale, Redmond has announced it is dropping the Kin line. It won't be debuting in Europe this autumn and the team working on it will join the Windows Phone 7 team, where Microsoft will be focusing its efforts going forward.
"We have made the decision to focus on our Windows Phone 7 launch and we will not ship KIN in Europe this fall as planned. Additionally, we are integrating our KIN team with the Windows Phone 7 team, incorporating valuable ideas and technologies from KIN into future Windows Phone releases. We will continue to work with Verizon in the U.S. to sell current KIN phones."
The Kin One was a small, round device with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard; a 2.6-inch (320x240) QVGA touch screen; a Tegra APX2600 CPU; 256MB of DDR RAM; an accelerometer; GPS chips; 802.11b/g, EvDO Rev. A; Bluetooth 2.1; a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, and 4GB of storage.
The Kin Two boasted 8GB of storage; an 8-megapixel camera with an LED flash the ability to shoot HD video; a 3.4-inch (480x320) HVGA touch screen; a Tegra APX2600 CPU; 256MB of DDR RAM; an accelerometer; GPS chips; 802.11b/g, EvDO Rev. A and Bluetooth 2.1.
They both shared the same foundation as Windows Phone 7 but don't run the shiny, new OS.
Rest in peace, Kin. We hardly knew ye.