Phonescoop.com have published this hands-on video of the 8 megapixel Kin Two in action. Mary Jo Foley reports that the device is devoid of an app store, with none planned either and applications will only be added with each update sent OTA by Microsoft.
Apparently Microsoft developed the experience after interviewing 50 000 people, even before purchasing Danger, and the device contains absolutely no Danger code at all.
InformationWeek noted the device is missing basic features such as a calendar, and despite being the Sidekick successor lacks IM also, which I believe is actually the biggest omission for a socially-aware device.
Roz Ho also revealed to ZDNet that â€œOver time, expect to see a lot of alignmentâ€ among Windows Phone 7 and Kin, but declined to say if Kin features will show up in Windows Phone 7 or vice versa. She also hinted that other OEMâ€™s other than Sharp may make Kin phones, and the devices will not be Microsoft branded. â€œThis (Kin) is another Windows Phone,â€ Ho said.
Forbes reveals the real difference between this device and Windows Phone 7: According to Robbie Bach "Windows Phone 7 is about simplifying peoples’ lives, this social phone is about amplifying their lives,".
If our readers can parse that enigmatic statement, explain it to the rest of us below.