With two low-cost devices hitting the U.S. soon – and predictable APPL fanboy bashing – Sharp has delivered it’s first major built-to-order product, of any likely scale, for major global markets. The formally code-named Pink, now Kin-series, units tout touch screens with decent mega-pixel cameras and on-board storage targeting the youth market for casual mobile web surfing markets and SNS activities. While we had to snicker at the final quote on their PR Note: This product is not designed for the Japanese market, however, it’s a fools game to ‘short’ a clear desire – in the land of WalMart – to get a better than average deal..
Sharp Corporation have collaborated with Microsoft Corporation (Chief Executive Officer: Steve Ballmer, Headquarters: Redmond, Washington, U.S., hereinafter ”Microsoft”) in the development of a smartphone “KIN“*1 for the U.S. and European markets. KIN supports Microsoft’s new cloud computing service with an optimized GUI (Graphic User Interface), enabling smooth interaction for social networking in mobile communication.
KIN was developed by merging Sharp’s cutting-edge technologies and expertise for mobile phone development and LCD, with Microsoft’s cloud computing service and software technology. Users can view information updated in SNS by friends and family members on the phone in real time, without the need to navigate through SNS applications. KIN provides a new communication lifestyle, with consistently simple operation for sending messages and sharing favorite photos and movies with friends. KIN will be available for the U.S. market through Verizon Wireless, and the mobile terminal for the European market through Vodafone.