- Solana’s PoS blockchain allows developers to build DeFi and NFT projects on the network.
- The launch of Saga, an Android smartphone powered by Solana, is set to offer users easy access to NFT minting and the wider Solana-based ecosystem.
Solana is a fast-growing blockchain network that launched in March 2020 by Solana Labs. One of the network’s main draws is its proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus mechanism, which allows for faster transaction processing times and lower fees compared to other layer-1 networks. With its high throughput capacity, developers can build various decentralized finance (DeFi) apps and non-fungible token (NFT) projects on the network.
The latest development in the Solana ecosystem is the upcoming release of Saga, an Android smartphone powered by the Solana blockchain. The phone, set to launch on April 13, will allow users to mint their own NFTs from anywhere and access the wider Solana-based ecosystem of apps and projects. The Saga smartphone was first unveiled by Solana’s team in June 2022, and it is expected to cost users $1,000.
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Despite the exciting new hardware release, Solana’s fundamentals have remained steady since the start of the year, with no significant improvement. NFT trading volumes have declined from around 2 million SOL weekly in January 2023 (worth around $30 million at the time) to 1 million SOL (worth around $20 million) in total volumes over a span of 30 days. However, the total value locked (TVL) in DeFi applications has increased slightly from $208 million to $294 million year-to-date, according to DeFiLlama.
The recent psychological breakout of Bitcoin above $30,000 has sent a bullish impulse throughout the market, benefiting Solana as well as other altcoins. Cardano (ADA) and Binance Coin (BNB) have also enjoyed hefty rises of more than 5% over the past 24 hours.
Solana’s Saga smartphone launch and continued steady growth in DeFi TVL indicate that the network remains attractive to developers and investors alike. With its PoS consensus mechanism and high throughput capacity, Solana has positioned itself as a serious competitor in the blockchain industry. As the crypto market continues to evolve and grow, it will be interesting to see how Solana and other blockchain networks adapt to changing trends and innovations.