With the pleasantly surprising debut of Saga, Solana’s forthcoming Android-based smartphone, in NYC yesterday, comes the announcement of Solana Mobile Stack (SMS for short), a revolutionary toolkit that could potentially power web3 apps natively on Android phones.
The Problem with Web3 Mobile Today
Most Solana applications, or even other blockchain applications in general, are built for desktop browsers, not mobile devices. The few blockchain apps that are on mobile have very limited functionalities compared to their desktop equivalents.
This is because mobile browsers can’t install extensions.
As much as web3 has brought limitless opportunities to enhance many lives, there remains a great hurdle in our way: they keep us glued to our computers for long periods of time. It is a common occurrence for crypto users to leave dinners, conferences, and vacations early to get back to their workstations in order to sign time-sensitive transactions; minting NFTs, buying dips, selling pumps, and all other blockchain activities.
For so long, blockchain developers have been waiting for Google and Apple to upgrade their mobile stack and update their policies to natively support web3 apps. Unfortunately, nothing really materialized, which brings us to SMS, Solana Mobile’s solution.
Why SMS is a Gamechanger?
Solana Mobile Stack offers a new set of libraries that allow builders to create rich mobile applications powered by the Solana blockchain. Imagine being able to use your smartphone to seamlessly interact with DeFi apps, NFT marketplaces, and many more no matter where you are, as long as there is internet.
SMS introduces a protocol that connects Android and web apps to wallets on mobile phones in order to allow the signing of transactions, as well as a security mechanism built into mobile devices that isolate vital data like private keys and seed phrases, all while running web3 apps.
Furthermore, the SMS dev kit will also include Solana Pay, a decentralized payment gateway for Solana, which would enable wallet apps to support payments via QR codes, NFT taps, messaging, and web browser interaction.
SMS is Everywhere on Solana Twitter
Neither the Solana developers nor the community could contain their excitement thanks to the announcement of the Saga phone and SMS. In fact, two out of three co-founders of Solana, Raj Gokal and Anatoly Aeyakovenko, have customized their Twitter names to include SMS, and other developers are following suit.
Developers can now bring the power of Solana to the computers in our pockets, not just our backpacks.Raj Gokal
Polyweave Co-Founder Mert even went as far as to say that this could make Solana the Apple of crypto.
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