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The Death of the Kin – On Film

Remember the Kin? Of course you do! No, really, you should – it was the original Windows Phone, Microsoft’s first attempt to redefine mobile phones after Windows Mobile was pushed face down in the dust by Android and iOS.

However, the platform died a death very early (making webOS look positively ancient) and Microsoft quietly swept it away, under a big carpet. Visually it was an interesting device, but the real problem was that it just didn’t work, for one reason or another.

Wired have recently released these videos of the Kin being tested. It’s not pleasant.

It seems that even dialling – that most basic of phone functions – was difficult:

The lag wasn’t limited to fialling, either….

Somehow the Kin was launched, despite the evidence seen here – to pretty poor reviews. The evolution of the Kin is a little convoluted – it’s inspired-yet-flawed social networking integration would be removed, downgrading the phone to a feature phone – but essentially it didn’t live long past the summer of 2010, existing in the wild in its original form for about two months.

Of course, there is a happy takeaway from all this – without the very patient testing group, Kin wouldn’t have been dropped, and I wouldn’t be sat here with a nice new Windows Phone 8 😀

(Via the wonderful WPCentral)

Windows Phone 7 is Coming!

Windows Phone 7 Games

Following two huge press events on both sides of the Atlantic on Monday, Windows Phone 7 will finally be launched for public consumption.

Already one UK operator, O2, is listing the phone in their “coming soon” section, while Orange have posted and since removed a help document concerning the platform.

In the USA, T-Mobile and AT&T are set to be the main networks carrying the devices – set to be one each from Samsung, LG and mobile big hitters HTC.

These are new devices with new, higher specs than previous Windows Mobile devices – although this hasn’t stopped regulars at the XDA-developers.com forum from apparently porting the new mobile platform to a HTC HD2 handset.

On a personal note, I’ve been looking forward to WP7 for MONTHS. A long-time user of Windows Mobile, I’ve been using Android for about 6 months now and although I’m happy with it, it too closely resembles the iOS which I’ve been avoiding.

Windows Phone 7 represents something new and exciting – and I cannot wait!

Windows Phone 7 – The Future is Coming

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As champions of the Windows Mobile platform at The Gadget Monkey, the world seemed to stop spinning earlier this week when the annoyingly named Windows Phone 7 Series was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Speaking as a WinMo user, I was expecting Microsoft’s promises of a radical overhaul to be fulfilled (while bracing myself for a let down) – but the UI (known as “Metro”) for the Windows Phone 7 Series is far beyond my wildest dreams, with the adoption of the Zune HD user interface philosophy with traditional WinMo elements such as Office and the address book feeling like a marriage to a very comely virgin.

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BBC iPlayer to come to WinMo

Those pesky iPhone users might get all the glory, but at least BBC iPlayer has sorted something out at last to enable Windows Mobile users to grab the best content from the BBC on demand service.

Microsoft have announced this week that the Live Mesh framework is being made available to third party developers, and has been demonstrated this week by the BBC’s Anthony Rose.

A Silverlight-powered desktop tool synchronises BBC content downloaded on to one PC with any device on the user’s Mesh network, including Macs and mobile phones.

“When I take out my cell phone, the programme has already been synched,” Rose said. “And when I press the play button on my smartphone, it automatically picks up from where I left off [on the PC].”

Doctor Who on my mobile?