Microsoft has just announced that the KIN, the socially-oriented network devices they had originally aimed for a teenage crowd, is officially dead. The devices are carried by Verizon at the moment, and there had been plans to release the devices, both the KIN ONE and KIN TWO in Europe, but those have been permanently canceled as well.
“We have made the decision to focus exclusively on Windows Phone 7 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.”
Launched in May, the devices haven’t been available for long. But, even with the short time on the store shelves, the devices were not the bright spot for rave reviews. While the physical attributes of the devices were fine, and many people said that the features were worthy of their lineage with Microsoft and Windows Phone, the data plan that accompanied the devices may have had something to do with its demise. Verizon was unable to comment on Microsoft’s behalf.