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digital daily: Mobile DNA

Mobile DNA: When learning to go fast, expect to crash over and over. Despite network outages and bad press, Solana has an ecosystem of undeterred developers building DeFi, NFT, and blockchain gaming projects. The level of activity is admirable but also useless without user growth. What is the biggest digital user base in the world? Mobile. And Solana also has undeniable mobile DNA. Before starting the protocol, Solana's co-founders accrued decades of experience building high throughput decentralized networks the old-fashioned way: radio towers and chips. Drawing from this experience, Solana's protocol deeply embeds high-speed shared clocks to coordinate validators and sequence transactions. The result is a blockchain vying to serve as the testing ground for mobile use cases. Solana Mobile offers a physical device that can perform authentication and manage private keys as well as a software developer kit (\"SDK\") to jump-start mobile app development. The first Solana Spaces location in NYC's Hudson Yards is a mobile-first physical environment equipped with helpful staff to engage new users in person. Other protocols have taken notice. Helium, a blockchain-based network for internet-connected devices, recently decided to drop most of its proprietary network and migrate to Solana. This comes off the back of a recently announced deal with T-Mobile to use Helium's fledgling 5G network to extend coverage. Unfortunately, recent claims of questionable behavior by Helium executives could weigh heavily on the specific opportunity. But that does nothing to diminish the credibility of Solana as a default venue for mobile blockchain infrastructure. Is the Solana phone a tinkerer's toy, destined to sit atop a growing pile of aging pocket computers? Or does it offer a necessary bridge to mobile developers and early adopters? If so, Solana could be a catalyst that inserts fresh competitive energy into the largest digital market on Earth. Sparks make fires. Sometimes.

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