They're showing the browser, and how it interacts with the spot. He finds an event he wants to go to with friends, holds his thumb on the page, and drags it to the spot.
Integrated with multiple apps and sites... exchange, webmail, facebook etc
Sort of like a "single inbox" for a single person. Could be nice, if you like people
Phone search, local search, web search all via one little thing
"We are the first Windows phone to ship with Zune"
nice, automatically converts sites and maps to images so even crappy phones can get em.
New bit, not mentioned before: Kin 2 shoots in 720p
"People hoard these photos. They have piles and piles of photos they took before"
To help these people, they built Kin Studio
People said "It's like we're capturing a journal of their lives"
It's a cloud based, browser accessible back up of all your photos, videos, messages, and contacts
"I can go into Kin Studio, tap a video, and it just plays. No downloading"
(When you take a picture, if you don't delete it, it's auto synced to the cloud. Don't get drunk and take naughty pictures, folks)
All photos and videos are geotagged, and clicking the maps button in Kin Studio shows them on a Bing Map
That's the general gist for the software on the device, and Kin Studio.
The social network homescreen and the sharing functionality is very much the primary function of these devices.
Robbie Bach is back on stage, discussing the times when they were pitching Kin to carrier partners back at CES
John Harrobin of Verizon has taken the stage. "Kin is a phone that you can use to be the FIRST to comment on someone's new photos."
"What Kin does is marry the mobile phone with the computer to create a great experience."
"So much so that i'd say it extends beyond the social crowd - it's for anyone who's into pictures and video"
He cites parents as potential non-"sociologist" folks who'd be interested, who love to take shots of their kids.
"Thousands of customers walk in and call us every month, asking how to get photos and videos off their phone. Kin makes it simple."
"We are very honored to be the exclusive carrier partner in the US."
"With that, you probably expect prices plans and dates.. But that's not for today."
"What I will tell you: Look for Kin in May."
John has left the stage, Robbie Bach is back on.
"I just want to wrap up by saying we knew we had something special from the initial reaction when we were showing it to partners."
we're about to bolt off to get our hands on
Thanks for tuning in, folks!
Some clarifications in the Q&A: updates from friends will initially come from Facebook, Myspace, Windows Live and Twitter at launch, more added later.
The Zune interface is almost identical to the Zune HD. There is a different clock and a "recent" button. Same volume/media controls too.
No Apps in the Zune function. Not a big loss or a surprise, considering how carefully the apps were tailored to the Zune hardware.
Mac sync interface for Kin device - load music and media from Macs onto the Kin devices. This is NOT a mac Zune. It supports iTunes music and whatever you throw at it.