Analysts and onlookers agree that Microsoft’s forthcoming Kin smartphones may be hugely popular, giving the company a boost in the mobile market. Unfortunately, it looks as if these devices have been made about as developer-unfriendly as possible.
Charles Golvin, who’s an analyst at research firm Forrester, noted in a blog post yesterday, “KIN is not even available to developers (Microsoft will be responsible for all the software, just as Danger was with Sidekick).”
And, in case you were wondering, Golvin doesn’t think that’s a good idea. “With Apple offering developers a single platform of more than 85 million devices (including iPod Touch), and a gathering tsunami of Android devices hitting the market, we think Microsoft would be better off focusing their value proposition to developers, not making it more confusing,” he continued.
Let’s hope Microsoft quickly comes around to Golvin’s point of view, and perhaps makes any Kin smartphones that are released after the first two a little more accommodating.