OSOM’s OV1 is now Solana’s web3 Android handset, Saga – TechCrunch


OSOM and Nothing have shortly turn out to be two of probably the most fascinating corporations working the smartphone area in recent times. Nothing is the most recent venture from OnePlus cofounder, Carl Pei, whereas OSOM is essentially composed of former Important staff seeking to launch their very own personal factor within the wake the corporate’s messy dissolution. That Pei bought Important’s IP felt like one other good cosmic connection between the 2.

Fittingly, each younger {hardware} startups are making information this week, although these bulletins have solely highlighted how in another way their paths have diverged. There was, in any case, by no means a simple time to launch a smartphone, however a spate of exterior forces amid chip shortages and provide chain shutdowns have additional raised the barrier of entry. For Nothing, meaning being selective about launch markets and adopting a OnePlus-style invite system.

For OSOM, alternatively, it’s a significant pivot for the corporate’s debut handset. The OV1 is changing into the web3-focused Android handset, Saga. The rebranding drops OSOM’s title from the product, which, as Jacquelyn notes, is being launched by Solana Cellular, a subsidiary of blockchain/crypto startup, Solana Labs.

“OSOM is extremely excited to accomplice with Solana in constructing the Saga,” OSOM founder and CEO, Jason Keats, stated in a remark provided to TechCrunch. “The world wants novel {hardware} corporations to help the long run that’s Web3. Constructing out an ecosystem that appears to the long run with out being burdened by previous legacy ecosystems is vastly thrilling.”

Solana Saga Entrance (PRNewsfoto/Solana Cellular)

The corporate gained’t remark additional, solely promising further updates quickly.

OSOM has to this point been positioning itself as a privacy-first {hardware} maker. Keats instructed TechCrunch, earlier this 12 months, “We’re constructing a whole resolution to privateness. We need to construct units and software program and providers that facilitate particular person person privateness. And that could possibly be so simple as integrating our software program companions into our {hardware} to provide them an actual base for them to work, slightly than simply downloading their app from an app retailer. We will set up it on a system stage.”

What this implies for OSOM stays to be seen. What it means for the Saga (nee OV1) is one other delay. Earlier this 12 months, the corporate pushed the launch from Q3 to This fall, owing to its need to make the most of the most recent Qualcomm Snapdragon chip. At this time’s announcement finds issues pushed again to “early-2023,” although pre-orders opened up at this time. A fast spec rundown seems to be promising, together with a 6.67inch OLED show, 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. The businesses are taking pictures for a ~$1,000 price ticket – a change from the “properly below $1,000” Keats instructed me earlier this 12 months.

The important thing to the machine is the “Solana Cellular Stack (SMS),” which makes use of safety features baked into the Qualcomm chip. In accordance with the corporate, SMS,

[P]rovides a brand new set of libraries for wallets and apps, permitting builders to create wealthy cell experiences on Solana, the world’s most performant blockchain, and is constructed to run alongside Android. The SDK offers libraries and programming interfaces for Android apps and safe key personal storage, simplifying the developer expertise to construct and lengthen dApps performance for Solana.

An SDK for the service is open to builders beginning at this time.

“Builders have been blocked for too lengthy from creating actually decentralized cell apps as a result of the prevailing gatekeeper mannequin simply doesn’t work anymore,” Solana cofounder, Anatoly Yakovenko, stated in a launch. “We reside our lives on our cell units – aside from web3 as a result of there hasn’t been a mobile-centric method to personal key administration. The Solana Cellular Stack exhibits a brand new path ahead on Solana that’s open supply, safe, optimized for web3, and straightforward to make use of.”

This isn’t the primary machine seeking to present a blockchain/crypo-focused expertise. HTC tried its personal cell pivot again in 2018, with the launch of Exodus. The Taiwanese {hardware} maker has since set its sights on a metaverse-focused handset.

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