OSOM and Nothing have become some of the most interesting companies in the space. The latest project from Carl Pei is nothing, while OSOM is mostly made up of former Essential employees looking to launch their own thing. It felt like a nice connection between the two when Pei bought Essential's intellectual property.
These announcements highlight how different the paths of the two young hardware startup have been. There was never an easy time to launch a phone, but a series of supply chain disruptions and chip shortages have made it more difficult. Adoption of a OnePlus-style invite system is required for Nothing.
It is a big pivot for the company's debut handsets. Saga is the OV1's web3 focused phone. The product is being released by Solana Mobile, a subsidiary of Solana Labs.
The founder and CEO of OSOM said in a comment that he was excited to work with Solana. Hardware companies are needed to support the future of Web3. It's exciting to build an ecosystems that looks to the future without beingbogged down by past legacies.
There is a front called Solana Saga.
The company promised more updates soon.
OSOM is currently positioning itself as a privacy first hardware maker. The entire solution to privacy is being built by the team. We want to make it easier for users to keep their private information. Integrating our software partners into our hardware could be a simple way to give them a real base for them to work from. It can be installed on a system level.
What will this mean for OSOM? It means that the Saga is going to be delayed. The launch of the device was pushed from Q3 to Q4 due to the desire to use the latest chip. Pre-orders opened up today and things were pushed back to early 2023. A quick spec rundown shows a 6.67inch display, 12 gigabytes of RAM and 512 gigabytes of storage. Earlier this year, I was told that the companies were aiming for a price tag of $1,000.
The key to the device is a security feature baked into the chip. The company said so.
[P]rovides a new set of libraries for wallets and apps, allowing developers to create rich mobile experiences on Solana, the world’s most performant blockchain, and is built to run alongside Android. The SDK provides libraries and programming interfaces for Android apps and secure key private storage, simplifying the developer experience to build and extend dApps functionality for Solana.
The service is open to developers
Anatoly Yakovenko said in a release that developers have been blocked for too long because the current model doesn't work anymore. There hasn't been a mobile-centered approach to private key management, so we live our lives on our mobile devices. There is a new path forward on Solana that is open source, secure, and easy to use.
This isn't the first device that wants to focus on a specific area. The launch of Exodus was a pivot byHTC. The Taiwanese hardware maker wants to make a metaverse focused phone.