No push notifications in Microsoft's social KIN duo

No push notifications in Microsoft's social KIN duo
Strange as it seems, even though Microsoft's freshly-announced KIN duo of phones, ingeniously named KIN ONE and KIN TWO, is all about social networking and messaging, it won't support push notifications. Microsoft has announced that users will get automatic updates every 15 minutes. This applies to all services - Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc. So, if you are expecting an important message in your inbox anytime soon, you'll have to keep pressing the manual refresh button in order to get it on time. We know, this can be... quite annoying.

Microsoft seems to explain this approach with its desire to lower the power consumption of the devices, as well as with immature social network APIs. Whether that is the true reason, no one can be certain right now. At least we can hope the company will eventually add this functionality, should its products make a break through, as it intends to add more Windows Phone 7 code over time.

Speaking of power consumption, the batteries of both KINs will reportedly last about a weekend, which is actually something that has been targeted during the development phase. Well, if you ask us, having in mind these babies won't be able to push stuff to you, this doesn't really sound like a lot of time...

A disadvantage of the KIN ONE and TWO is their reported lack of microSD slot. While some wouldn't find this to be such an issue, given the devices' respective 4GB and 8GB internal memory, it might be a problem for others, who like to have tons of music with them all the time.

Microsoft KIN ONE Specifications
Microsoft KIN TWO Specifications

source: Engadget, more, more



1. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

obviousely NOT outta the box with push...but sounds ike updates will easily follow to allow this

2. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

a social network centered device that doesnt notify you when your social networks are updated??? microsoft has really been disappointing me with their announcements of late.

3. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

PhoneArena is wrong. Go and scroll down to the Microsoft link and it will take you to the internal Microsoft unveiling at Redmond headquarters. It tells you that you will receive INSTANT notifications and besides having 4-8gb you photos are INSTANTLY synced to your Kin Suite on your PC. Also not to mention you MUSIC works the same way, store your own personal music up to 8gb or run it straight from ZUNE Marketplace and have access to millions of songs consistantly. Nice try, do a little reading next time phone arena, this is pathetic.

4. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Yeah if it does Cloud Syncing with Microsoft KIN suite thru MS's Live service... who cares about the onboard memory. I have approximately 80gb of storage online thru Microsoft thru Hotmail, Skydrive, and Workspace storage. All cloud, all protected, and all FREE! I can see the on board memory used for things like music and videos, and anything you aren't using sync'd to the cloud.

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

in all honesty, who is going to stare at their phone ALL day long to see something THE INSTANT it pushes through. Phone arena, you guys love iphones.. they dont instant push either so maybe u should smash n trash ur shiney apple logos. Is 15 minutes really so long? Its actually kind of AVERAGE. And if you know your going to get an email of DIRE importance, you can always just force sync it anyways. What are you complaining about? Besides, this phone is targeted twards facebook loving tweens, not blackberry corperate power users (which is really the only true "instant push" email phones, the rest are on 15-30 min timers as well). Oi.. I really wonder who writes these things sometimes.. LOL

7. athiel021

Posts: 33; Member since: Aug 10, 2009

For what it's worth, Android, Windows Mobile, and webOS phones connected to an Exchange server also get instant push. Beyond that, with webOS I also have instant push for Gmail (which is also instant pushed to Android, naturally) and Yahoo. But regarding anything else (Twitter, Facebook, etc.), yeah, 15 minute default, though you can change to 5 min if you really want to drain your battery.

6. jedi2000

Posts: 31; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

I agree with all of the above, and to prove all of their points I did 5 mins of homework and found a large amount of info on the KIN phones from Microsoft. Do some looking around Arena I could write better articles and find more accurate information than some of your writers. Agreed Remixfa the only true push service is Blackberry and they've been doing it for years no one else comes remotely close to the degree of speed and ease of use than the Blackberry push service. I am honestly looking forward to the w7p and all of the lead up New WIN OS phone software. If they do as good a job with the new phone OS as the they did with WIN7 OS then it will set a new standard for phone function. Here's hoping.

8. iim

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 15, 2010


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