updated 04:00 pm EDT, Thu July 22, 2010
Microsoft brings out first Kin software update
Microsoft has released a minor update for its discontinued Kin phones. The software giant hasn't detailed the changes in version 1.0, build 2814.0, but Bernard on WMPowerUser has researched them. The update seems to focus on Twitter functions, including new Twitter avatars in the Kin Loop and a delivery of Twitter statuses that mimics Facebook and MySpace status updates, which includes a comment form and feed.
Retweeting is still not supported, but retweets of contacts show up in the Loop. Selecting a Twitter contact allows users to see their profile bio, website, about info and other profile stats. Twitter contacts can be linked to Kin contacts, just like in Facebook, MySpace and Windows Live.
Microsoft has promised to keep updating Kin handsets, with more expected. Many believe the plans will bring better handling of Twitter replies, seeing more than three Facebook pictures at a time, and adding a calendar and social networking notifications.