updated 02:35 pm EDT, Wed June 16, 2010
MS Kin could finally add IM support soon
Microsoft could significantly expand the functionality of Kin phones with future updates, well-known firmware hacker Conflipper has discovered. References in the code point to AIM, Windows Live and Yahoo instant messaging and imply that one or more chat clients should reach the feature phones. Further parts allude to a USB mode likely to be used for mass storage.
Other changes have also been seen, such as a calendar and a notification system for alerts across the Kin OS. Twitter will get a minor update of its own with support for retweets and other features already common on other platforms.
The evidence doesn't indicate how much of the code would reach shipping devices. Mentions are made of an FTP client, network pings and other features that are unlikely to ever reach a finished product. As such, it's possible that some or all of the hidden code may be intended for debugging, although the IM references would be unusual if Microsoft had no intention of adding chat in the future. [via MobileCrunch]