After leaving Google, Andy Rubin, the creator of Android, launched a new brand called Essential. However, after the launch of its first smartphone, this brand has not released any other products. And finally she put the key under the door.
But when Andy Rubin puts an end to this adventure, former Essential employees have decided to continue it. They launched a brand called OSOM and their first smartphone, the OSOM OV1 was eagerly anticipated.
A few days ago, however, there was a new twist. Finally, the OSOM OV1 will not be marketed. The project was not abandoned, but instead of launching OV1, OSOM teamed up with blockchain platform Solana to release a dedicated cryptocurrency product.
The OSOM OV1 becomes the Solana Saga, a smartphone for cryptocurrencies and decentralized apps
This new smartphone, which has exactly the same features as the OSOM OV1, will be called Solana Saga.
“OV1 will now be the Solana Saga”, OSOM confirms 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 the OV1 focused on confidentiality, the Solana Saga will be a product optimized for cryptos and web3.
Solana assumes that web3 is currently designed for computers and far from optimized for a mobile experience. To remedy this, the Blockchain platform is therefore launching Solana Mobile Stack, as well as the Solana Saga smartphone.
“It’s time for the secure, biometric integrated custody solutions we’ve been dreaming of that didn’t materialize on the roadmaps of the mobile giants. It’s time for a user- and developer-driven app store, with no restrictions on tokens or NFTs, that enables web3-native distribution models that would never be possible in the App Store and Google Play. These features have been technically possible for a while, so there’s no reason to wait.”reads Solana’s statement.
Essentially, we are not just talking about a smartphone launch, but an attack on mobile. And the centerpiece of this project is the Solana Mobile Stack open source project for Android, which allows developers to create native web3 apps for the operating system, based on the Solana blockchain, of course.
Features of Solana Mobile Stack include the Seed Vault, “a secure mobile custody protocol that enables instant transaction signing […]† † The distribution of web3 apps on Android will be done 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 the Seed Vault which will facilitate signing transactions). While the OSOM OV1 is expected to arrive this year, the Solana Saga will not arrive until the first quarter of 2023. In addition, pre-orders for this smartphone are open today. The price should be around 1000 dollars.
Solana also says that people who order the Solana Saga for the first time may also be eligible for an NFT called Saga Pass. This token allows the owner to participate in the decision-making about the management of the Solana Mobile Stack platform.
A high-end model with Snapdragon 8+ gen 1 chip
As for the smartphone, it offers the standard functions of a high-end Android device. We have a Snapdragon 8+ gen 1 chip, a 6.67-inch OLED display, 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage. The differentiation will be software optimization for cryptos and web3.
“Saga starts with first principles to create a mobile experience for individuals, developers and ecosystem participants that ushers in a new era of mobility”said Jason Keats, co-founder and CEO of OSOM. “The world needs new hardware to embrace the future of Web3, and building a future-proof ecosystem without being burdened by legacy ecosystems of the past is extremely exciting for us. †
It remains to be seen whether the Solana Saga will be more successful than the dedicated blockchain smartphone launched by HTC a few years ago.