"It's Time to Share" today at the Microsoft event in San Francisco.
All Things Digital's Drake is ready to live blog the Microsoft event today.
The view from inside of Mighty in San Francisco.
Robert Bach, President, Entertainment & Devices Division for Microsoft.
Watching a video of real users' expectations about the ideal phone.
Talking about social connections and self-expression with a mobile phone.
The Kin will be built on a small, specialized version of Windows Phone 7.
Self expression is important to young social users, like publishing a magazine of their life. Bach calls it “Lifecasting.”
Derek Snyder from Microsoft talks about the Kin social phone.
Presenting what's happening right on the device.
Derek's social profile on the Kin.
Snyder talks about the experience of using Kim with Zune; says the devices can stream music from Zunepass.
Snyder shows the “loop” interface: like a unified inbox for all kinds of status messages.
Search on the Kin.
Snyder describes “the Kin spot,” a region on the screen where sharing happens.
The Kin 2 shoots HD video. Both phones have a flash, which Snyder says is eight times brighter than any on-phone flash to date.
Derek demos the life stream with the Kin.
“Kin studio" shows all your phone activity online. Photos, call history and status updates are all viewable on a timeline.
Snyder runs through the applications including Bing search, which is GPS aware.
John Harrobin, SVP of digital media and marketing for Verizon Wireless, takes the stage.
Harrobin: Kin is also for parents or anyone who is all about photos and video.
Harrobin: Kin is for generation upload.
Kin 1 and Kin 2: One is a candybar with a querty board, the other is a smaller, round device with a slide keyboard.
The Kin launch event.
The Kin One is a squarish phone that is easy to hold in your hand.
The Kin One closed.
The Kin One expanded.
Kin is for sharing.
The Kin Two has a more traditional form-factor.
Drake gets an up-close Kin demo at the Microsoft Kin announcement event in San Francisco.