Solarium He positions himself as one of the most talked about projects in the world of cryptocurrencies and NFTs, but wants to take it one step further. Solana Labs, the company behind said blockchain, yesterday announced its first Android smartphone, specially designed to interact with web3. Named Solana Saga and promises to reach the public in early 2023.
But what makes Solana Saga a mobile app for the web3? According to Anatoly Yakovenko, the CEO of the company, the device will offer very strong integration with the Solana blockchain. This means enabling the features of non-fungible tokens and cryptocurrency wallets, a decentralized app store, or decentralized applicationspayment platform Solana Pay and others.
But apart from the Solana saga, SMS or Solana mobile stack. It is an open source software development kit that allows you to embed native Android web3 applications in Solana. The SDK in question includes a protocol for connecting applications – both websites and native – with wallets crypto, a secure environment for protecting seed phrases or private keys, and the aforementioned QR code payment gateway.
To release its first smartphone, Solana Labs created a subsidiary called Solana Mobile. The phone can now be reserved with a $100 refundable deposit. its final price will be $1,000with the aim of launching it in early 2023. Developers will be prioritized at the time of the first shipments, as the idea is to test the overall operation of the device and integration with SMS.
Solana’s smartphone has its roots in the Essential
Aside from the hype that Solana was trying to impress at the saga’s presentation, there are a few nuances that stem from the announcement. The loudest, without a doubt, is that the mobile phone in question is not a 100% original development, but OSOM OV1 reconversion. Said device, which was promised to officially launch at the end of 2022, will never see the light of day, and its development will mutate in which it will try to position itself as the first mobile device for web3.
It is worth noting that OSOM Privacy was born after the collapse of Essential, Andy Rubin’s company. After the failure of the mentioned venture, which left us with only the Essential Phone, some of its former engineers teamed up to continue developing the new flagship.
Solana Saga will come with a design identical to OSOM OV1, but with a much larger screen size: 6.67 inches versus 5.7 inches. Under the hood, meanwhile, it will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ chip, 512GB of storage, 12GB of RAM, and a 4,100mAh battery. In terms of cameras, it will have a 50MP sensor on the back and a 12MP ultrawide sensor; while on the front it will include a 16 MP sensor.
As for the operating system, it’s only officially mentioned that it will run Android, but it doesn’t specify which version or level of customization. As published AndroidPoliceOSOM mentioned that the smartphone will use “proprietary version” of the softwarealthough without explaining anything about it.
An initiative with mixed feelings
Solana is a project that generates love and hate in equal measure in the cryptocurrency ecosystem. Therefore, it is quite logical that his intention to enter the mobile market caused mixed feelings between the public and the crypto community as a whole.
A lot of people are wondering how essential a smartphone is to be heavily integrated into the Solana blockchain, and the question is very valid; especially, due to the notorious issues that the platform has presented in recent months. In fact, in early June, Solana suffered the fifth crash of 2022, which not only heightened criticism of her unreliability, but also affected the price of her token.
Solana’s subscribers assure that he has every chance of becoming a real Ethereum killer, due to its lower costs and transaction latency. However, its main critics argue that it’s not really a decentralized network, because technical requirements for the installation of the node are very high; therefore the required hardware is too expensive for anyone to become a validator.
The truth is that until Solana fixes the reliability issues, the usefulness of your mobile phone will continue. under the blanket of doubt. Thus, it is clear that its developers will have to climb a very high mountain before reaching their goal.
Source: Hiper Textual