Solana unveils Google partnership, smartphones, Web3 store at Breakpoint

At the ecosystem’s annual conference Breakpoint 2022 in Libson, Solana made several launch announcements as it prepares to go mainstream. Cointelegraph’s country team — during the event — shared thoughts on Solana’s roadmap, which includes the launch of smartphones, dApp stores and collaboration with Google Cloud, among others.

Solana Breakpoint, a four-day event scheduled from November 4th to November 7th, has 13,000 people participating in one of the four venues at the same time.

QR Code tokens and GeoNFTs for the Solana Store

Fortunately for Cointelegraph’s real estate team, Solana’s co-founder Raj Gokal and Solana Labs’ co-founder Anatoly Yakovenko are on hand.

Soon after, Vibhu Norby, CEO and founder of Solana Spaces, took to the stage to offer an interactive presentation while inviting visitors to scan QR codes to enter a giveaway!

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Norby also unveiled the Solana Store in Miami, showing a video of people checking out the store, as seen above. In addition, the CEO said:

“Now anyone, anywhere can create their own Solana Store.”

While explaining the process behind the creation of the Solana store, Norby announced the launch of GeoNFTs – a non-trivial token (NFT) implementation – that allows users to geo-reference a location in your city. He further explained:

“If you have a GeoNFT, you can get a 1-for-1 payment with exclusive rights to open a Solana store in that region.”

With GeoNFTs, Solana aims to empower individual investors who want to enter the industry.

Solana smartphones are available for pre-order in early 2023

“It’s built for the people,” said mobile giant Solana while announcing the launch of its upcoming smartphones. Cointelegraph found that pre-orders for Solana mobile phones will start in 2023. However, the company has yet to reveal an official date for availability.

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A unique feature of the Solana phone lies in its ability to store the private keys of crypto wallets. The Solana smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm chipset that sports a proprietary SoC, which makes it more efficient.

Cointelegraph’s real estate team made it possible bring in a sneakpeak of the recently launched Solana smartphone.

Toa Solana dApp: A promise of crypto-friendly policies

Fixing the Web3 problem, Solana announced the launch of the Solana dApp Store. During the conference, a Solana speaker expressed the need for a good user experience in Web3.

To support the project, the dApp store Solana promises to eliminate costs, profits and fees. In addition, the company confirmed with interested participants that deliveries will open in January 2023.

Google Cloud is about to become a Solana node enabler

While the above announcements represent a series of milestones for Solana, the ecosystem’s collaboration with Google Cloud is a real steal.

According to information collected by Cointelegraph’s real estate team, Google Cloud is building a Solana validator that creates blockchains to integrate and validate the network.

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Google Cloud’s Blockchain Node Engine, first announced on October 27, will appear on the Solana chain from 2023. The installation will allow users to launch a Solana node dedicated to the Cloud.

In addition, Google Cloud will index Solana’s data and bring it to BigQuery – a fully managed data warehouse – next year, making it easier for Solana developers to access the historical data.

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On October 11, Solana (SOL) users were attacked by hackers through a fake Solana account security update.

Hackers were found offering NFTs to users disguised as the latest Phantom wallet security update. However, a fraudulent update is malware designed to steal crypto assets.

Users who fall for the fake Phantom update hack saw a malicious download from GitHub, trying to steal browsing information, history, cookies, passwords, SSH keys and other user information.