Solana mobile Saga’s launch is finally out. The team behind the project set 14 April at 10am Pacific Time as the timeline for the product release.
Users are urged to pre-order Saga before it’s too late because production units will be releasing on the above mentioned day, the official handle stated via Tweet.
The team will also hold an Q&A session on Twitter Spaces at 10am PST to answer queries on the upcoming launch.
In June 2022, Solana Mobile, a division of Solana Labs, first unveiled Saga, it’s flagship Android phone with features that were intricately intertwined with the blockchain.
As per the press release issued then, the product was unveiled in a New York event alongside the Solana Mobile Stack, an Android framework that enables developers to build sophisticated mobile experiences for wallets and apps on the blockchain.
At the time, Anatoly Yakovenko, co-founder and CEO of Solana Labs, reportedly admitted that he had been thinking about enhancing Web3 accessibility and usefulness on mobile for years, especially in light of his past experience as a Qualcomm engineer.
Yakovenko cited the fact that the new phone will serve as the benchmark for a Web3-centric smartphone and demonstrate the full breadth of the Solana Mobile Stack’s capabilities.
The team’s primary objective is its widespread adoption, and hoped to see every significant manufacturer incorporate it.
Yakovenko referred to it as mission to bringing cryptocurrency into the masses, but it remains to be seen whether Solana Labs is successful in getting Apple or even major Android producers onboard with the product.
“It’s just a matter of them deciding that crypto is important enough,” he said then. “From my point of view, we could be very successful in enabling a billion users to self custody just by changing the minds of those folks.”
Meanwhile, despite recent network woes, the Solana blockchain’s smart contracts have continued to grow.
Solana’s Unique Contracts Rise
As per data from Artemis, the number of unique contracts put on SOL’s network in March 2023 was at its highest in the year.
As of March 6th, 2023, over 139 new smart contracts were deployed compared to 92 at the beginning of the year.
A smart contract is an automated program that runs on the blockchain and whose main function is to automate the execution of contracts between parties.