Project Pink is no longer just a rumor: Microsoft is aiming to make it even easier to send compromising drunken photos and videos of your friends’ Lady Gaga impressions to your Facebook account and prospective employers. The company today unveiled the Kin One and Kin Two, a pair of cute and surprisingly innovative phones aimed at the OMG txt me!! set. Driven by the DNA of 2008 Microsoft acquisition Danger, creators of the similarly candy-like Sidekick phones, the Kin is designed from the bottom up for sharing. The phones combine all your contacts from your phone book, email, Facebook, Twitter and other accounts into a one big social mashup, and then make it easy to send photos, videos and messages back and forth to your similarly info-addicted friends.

The cuter of the two, the Kin One, is a compact squarish bauble with a down-sliding keyboard, while the larger Kin Two is shaped more like a typical smartphone, minus the smarts (the Kin won’t run any apps, though what it does do is pretty neat). The two differ in specs and, presumedly, price, but both revolve around three main features:

The Loop
Essentially a running feed of your friends and all their drama, the Loop is Kin’s photo and message interface. The UI is reminiscent of Motorola’s MotoBlur interface, which you might have seen running atop the Cliq, and presents your friends’ updates in a stream-of-consciousness style for easy browsing.

The Spot
A UI convention that seems inspired somewhat by Microsoft’s Surface experiments, the Spot is a fairly clever way to simplify sharing on a mobile device. You drag whatever you want to share — text, photos, videos, URLs, online posts, locations, etc. — onto the spot at the bottom of the screen, then drag who you want to send it to onto the spot, and away it goes. It’s a fairly novel idea for a phone, and if it’s implemented as well as the concept videos suggest, it will definitely set the Kin apart from the usual feature phones.

The Studio
Kin backs up all of its data in the cloud, and the Studio is an online resource for organizing all your information. This Silverlight-powered Web site remembers everything you’ve ever done on your phone — which will surely make privacy advocates nervous, given that the phone is being marketed at least partially to teenagers — creating a timeline of messages, media and other information you can edit and share on your computer. The synergy between the Kin and the online Studio may prove to be its most compelling feature, as few other devices have ever attempted such a close connection between an online service and a mobile device.

Rounding out the phones are Zune music playback, a decent camera and, presumedly, the ability to make phone calls. The Kin looks to be one of the easiest and most powerful portals yet for piping every little detail of your personal life online for the world and your mom to stumble upon. The phones will be available on Verizon in the US in May.

» Kin official site
» Coverage aplenty on Engadget

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