OSOM and Solana present a smartphone designed for cryptocurrencies

After leaving Google, Andy Rubin, the creator of Android, launched a new brand called Essential. However, since the launch of its first smartphone, this brand has not released any other products. And finally she put the key under the door.

But if Andy Rubin put an end to this adventure, former Essential employees have decided to continue it. They launched a brand called OSOM, and its first smartphone, OSOM OV1, was eagerly awaited.

A few days ago, though, there was a new twist. Finally, OSOM OV1 will not be marketed. The project was not abandoned, but instead of launching OV1, OSOM partnered with blockchain platform Solana to release a dedicated cryptocurrency product.

OSOM OV1 will be Solana Saga, a smartphone dedicated to crypto- and decentralized apps

This new smartphone, which has exactly the same features as OSOM OV1, will be called Solana Saga.

“OV1 will now be Solana Saga”, confirms OSOM in a tweet. In addition to this name change, it is the spirit of the product that changes with Solana’s participation in the project. While OV1 focused on confidentiality, Solana Saga will be a product optimized for crypto and web3.

Solana is based on the observation that web3 is currently designed for computers and is far from optimized for a mobile experience. To remedy this, the Blockchain platform is therefore launching the Solana Mobile Stack, as well as the Solana Saga smartphone.

“It’s time for the secure, biometric integrated storage solutions we’ve been dreaming of that have not come to fruition on the mobile giants’ roadmaps. It’s time for a user- and developer-driven app store, with no restrictions on tokens or NFTs, enabling web3-native distribution models that could never be possible in the App Store and Google Play. These features have been technically possible for some time, so there is no need to keep waiting. “reads Solana’s statement.

Basically, we are not just talking about a smartphone launch, but an attack on the mobile. And the centerpiece of this project is the Solana Mobile Stack open source project for Android, which will allow developers to create native web3 apps for the operating system, obviously based on the Solana blockchain.

Among the features of the Solana Mobile Stack are the seed vault, “a secure mobile custodian protocol that facilitates instant signing of transactions […]. » The distribution of web3 apps on Android will take place in a new store called dApp Store. And the project already has the support of a few players in the crypto and blockchain industry, including Coral, FTX, Kiyomi / OpenEra, Magic Eden, Okay Bears, Orca, Phantom and StepN.

And of course, all these technologies will be integrated on the Solana Saga smartphone (including Seed Vault, which will facilitate the signing of transactions). While OSOM OV1 was to be released this year, Solana Saga will not arrive until the first quarter of 2023. In addition, pre-orders for this smartphone are open today. Its price should be around $ 1000.

Solana also says that beginners to order Solana Saga may also be eligible to receive an NFT called Saga Pass. This token will allow its owner to participate in decision making in managing the Solana Mobile Stack platform.

An advanced model with Snapdragon 8+ gen 1 chip

As for the smartphone, it offers the standard features of an advanced Android device. We have a Snapdragon 8+ gen 1 chip, a 6.67-inch OLED screen, 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage space. The differentiation will be software optimization for crypto and web3.

“Saga starts from the first principles to create a mobile experience for individuals, developers and ecosystem participants that heralds a new era of mobility”said Jason Keats, co-founder and CEO of OSOM. “The world needs new hardware to embrace the future, which is Web3, and it is extremely exciting for us to build a future-proof ecosystem without being burdened by old ecosystems of the past. »

OSOM OV1, before the announcement of the partnership with Solana. © OSOM

It is still unknown whether Solana Saga will be more successful than the special blockchain smartphone that HTC launched a few years ago.

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