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July 1, 2010

Microsoft scraps Kin phones

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by Darren Allan

Remember those Kin smartphones Microsoft announced? The Kin One and Two were youth oriented social networking handsets the company had planned to bring out over here in the autumn.

The pair of mobiles were actually released in the US in May, although it seems they weren’t nearly as much of a hit with the “kids” as Microsoft hoped, suffering from very poor sales.

The BBC reports rumours of only 500 of the handsets being shifted, which is quite a spectacular failure if true.

So it’s no surprise that the European launch has been cancelled, and we’ll never see the Kin over here. Although we doubt there’ll be too many tears at bedtime over this news.

The Kin range is thought to have flopped due to pricing issues, and the fact that it missed out some key features such as supporting third-party apps.

Microsoft will sell its remaining stock over in the States, or attempt to at any rate (the company has cut the price to bargain basement levels, which should help), while retreating from hardware to concentrate on the next incarnation of its mobile OS.

And Google thought things went badly with the Nexus One…

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