That’s right. Just 8 weeks after the release date, Microsoft is putting the Kin One and Kin Two phones out to pasture. No European release, no separate Kin phone team, no more Kin. Though the official Microsoft statement is somewhat vague, Gizmodo’s sources inside the company say that Kin is kaput. Now the team will focus solely on Windows Phone 7, which is probably best since the response to the phones was completely underwhelming while many of us are very excited for actual smart phones running on a Zune HD-esque OS.
Why did the Kin phones fail? I polled the LAPTOP staff and a few of our friends (thanks Brad and Jason!) and we came up with the 10 reasons why:
- The K in the logo looks too much like a swastika.
- The name is dumb (but at least Microsoft isn’t alone in this).
- The phones were ugly and the color selection was terrible.
- Smart phone data plan price for dumb phone features.
- The phones were aimed at a market (tween hipsters who don’t want smart phones) that no one is sure exists.
- No app store.
- The social networking integration (i.e. the entire point of the phone) wasn’t very good.
- It was missing too many features.
- The ads encouraged sexting in a demographic that definitely needs less sexting.
- When the ads weren’t doing that, they were terrible, anyway.
Why do you think the Kin One and Kin Two failed?