Phones Review

Microsoft KIN Social Networking Updates at 15 Minute Intervals

Under: Mobile Phones
Date: April 13th, 2010

The big thing with the new Project Pink phones from Microsoft, the KIN One and KIN Two is that they are heavy on the social networking game enabling the youngsters to keep in touch and up to date with their social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace.

However, according to an article over on engadget, it appears that the user will only be able to stay up to date for fifteen minute intervals. This is because according to Microsoft that is the intervals their servers ping Windows Live, Twitter, Facebook and MySpace to grab content.

According to an engineer Microsoft didn’t want the KIN handsets always pulling data from the network and cited battery life and immature social network API as the main reasons. So basically if you want to stay up to date with your KIN you’ll need to hit manual refresh button every 15 minutes.

It would appear that this is probably how Microsoft intends to gain cheaper data plans out of the Big Red, but “throttling” data usage says the article. But will having to hit manual refresh button whenever you want your notifications updated simply become a pain, I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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