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Solana launches Android smartphone ‘purpose-built for crypto’

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Solana Labsteam for Solana (salt) network, June 23 announced launching its own Android smartphone called Saga, as well as Solana mobile stack software ecosystem for Android.

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The Solana Mobile Stack (SMS) is an open source software development kit (SDK) that helps developers build native Android apps that are compatible with the Solana blockchain network.

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The toolkit will enable developers to “create beautiful, seamless web3 mobile apps” and the SDK will debut on Solana’s Saga smartphone.

New Features

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The SDK includes the Mobile Wallet Adapter, a protocol for connecting web and native Android apps to wallets on mobile devices. The feature is designed to work on all mobile devices, not just the Android operating system, according to the company.

Another feature is Seed Vault, a secure environment built into mobile devices that stores private keys, passphrases, and secrets separate from the application layer, yet can interact with applications running on the device or mobile browser. By separating sensitive data from the application layer, this feature aims to prevent theft due to hacks and exploits in applications.

Solana Pay for Android is an optional feature that enables decentralized mobile payments and also allows users to make contactless mobile payments secured by funds stored in their self-service wallets at “tens of millions of merchants” around the world.

Solana Labs is also launching the Solana Dapp Store for decentralized applications on mobile devices, allowing users to connect to the Web3 ecosystem through their smartphones. Users will be able to access decentralized applications and wallets on the Solana network without any fees.

According to Solana Labs, Solana’s mobile stack will provide new features, including the ability for users to mint (i.e., create and launch) non-fungible tokens (NFTs) through their smartphones. They will also be able to play Solana-based games, make mobile transactions online, and have easier access to various dapps and protocols in the Solana ecosystem, including Defi apps.

In addition to Seed Vault, Saga will have a hardware “security element” to further protect users’ sensitive information from exploits and theft due to hacking. Users of Android and iOS devices are at risk of losing their cryptocurrency to fake apps, so this extra security measure can prove useful.

In addition, the Solana Foundation is creating a $10 million Developer Ecosystem Fund to provide grants to developers and creators of mobile devices. This happens shortly after Solana launches $100 million fund to attract crypto projects from South Korea.

Specifications and release date

Saga is designed and manufactured by OSOM, an Android development company with experience building computing hardware for Google, Apple, and Intel, among others. The smartphone is equipped with a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, 6.67-inch OLED display, 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of internal memory.

Solana’s Saga smartphone is due for release in early 2023 and is expected to cost around $1,000. Solana Labs is currently accepting $100 deposits and Solana developers have priority on the waiting list. Early customers will receive a limited edition NFT to celebrate the launch of the smartphone.

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