Solana Launches Mobile Software Kit, Running on Powerful Smartphone – Everything You Need to Know
Solana is betting big on Web3 and mobile-centric growth. At an event on June 23, 2022, Anatoly Yakovenko, co-founder of Solana and CEO of Solana Labs, announced the release of his Web3-focused mobile software platform and also revealed that the team was working on a smartphones.
The software platform is called Solana Mobile Stack or SMS. This is a development kit for Android apps, wallpapers and games. The stack will simplify the work of developers who want to build decentralized applications (DApps) while ensuring an excellent user experience. The mobile device, meanwhile, is called Saga and is slated for release in early 2023.
“Developers have been held back for too long from building truly decentralized mobile apps because the existing gatekeeper model just doesn’t work anymore,” Yakovenko said at the launch event in New York.
“We live our lives on our mobile devices, with the exception of Web3, because there hasn’t been a mobile-centric approach to private key management. The Solana mobile stack shows a new way forward on Solana that is open source, secure, web3 optimized and easy to use,” he added.
Here are some of the main features of SMS Solana:
1. Mobile Wallet Adapter: This protocol connects mobile and web applications to the blockchain wallet.
2. Seed Vault: It keeps all your sensitive information away from the web and stores it securely. This includes the private keys to your crypto wallets which are needed to authorize transactions.
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3. Solana Pay: A decentralized payment system that will facilitate a wallet adapter and enable QR code-based on-chain payments.
4. Web 3 App Store: The stack also comes with a decentralized app store with a distribution channel for developers to reach users directly on their phones. This will completely eliminate the need for users to shell out payment fees on other platforms.
The official press release shared with PR Newswire also states that Solana Pay will not thwart the presence of the popular Google Pay app, which thrives in a Web 2.0 ecosystem. The two will be able to coexist on the Solana saga.
The Solana SMS also allows users to create NFTs, play web 3 games, and purchase goods and services using digital assets. Additionally, the Seed Vault will protect personal information and allow users to trade online through decentralized platforms.
Of course, the Saga will support all of these features and more. It will also sport a “6.67-inch OLED display, 12GB of RAM, 512GB of storage and the latest flagship Snapdragon® 8+ Gen 1 mobile platform, whose security features will enable Solana Mobile Stack’s Seed Vault. “.
The phone will set you back around $1,000 and pre-orders will require users to pay a non-refundable deposit of $100. Those who pre-order the phone will also be entitled to a limited edition NFT called the Saga Pass which will commemorate the launch of the phone. The Solana Saga will initially be released for developers only so they can test the design and spot any flaws before its public release.
In a chat with Decrypt, Yakovenko revealed that the company has been trying to launch SMS for more than five months and even longer for hardware. “Nearly 7 billion people use smartphones worldwide and more than 100 million people own digital assets, and both of these numbers will continue to grow,” Yakovenko said. “It looks like a natural opportunity to build a Web3 app store and a Web3 device,” he added.