Second Life 18th birthday celebrations officially start next month from 17th June through until 1st July 2021. The good news is that the SL18B regions have now come online however they are all still named SL17B at this time.
It’s going to be great to see the visual changes of the birthday regions over the next six weeks or so depending on how often the World Map tiles update in Second Life. These regions are closed for public access currently.
On Thursday 6th May Linden Lab announced that the SL18B Shop & Hop applications are now open. This event brings together the top merchants across the grid for exclusive discounts and exclusive items. SL18B Shop & Hop will take place from 17th June to 1st July.
Linden Lab will be sharing more information about SL18B over the next month. I’m sure there will be announcements early next month along with many group notices in the specific birthday groups inworld.
Not much longer to wait now until the birthday celebrations open.
Keira Linden mentioned some things about the development of the Second Life mobile client during this week’s Web User Group meeting. The whole meeting is now available above on YouTube which lasts for one hour. See some of the meeting highlights below.
The lab are still working on some bugs and they hope to have something in the app store soon
So basically the IOS app that the lab has been working on did not make it back to Apple to pass in April 2021. Linden Lab QA found more issues that needed to be addressed internally recently. The wait continues now for the lab to address these issues and then being able to send the IOS app to Apple to pass through their evaluation process. This could take weeks or another few months.
No updates this month
The lab are still working on the development of the Android version of the Second Life mobile client.
There are many nice Linden Home themes now then there was a few years ago so I would love to know which Linden Home theme is your most favourite one in 2021. When the poll results come out it will be a quick snapshot of what’s popular right now.
Last year Log Cabins was the top choice for favourite Linden Home theme for 2020. See the poll results here. Houseboats came in second place followed by Trailers/Campers in third place. It will be interesting to see how the new Linden Themes compare.
Poll options include the old Linden Home themes and all the recent new Linden Home themes. The poll results will be published on my blog before the end of May 2021.
The next Linden Home reveal will most likely be after SL18B has finished in early July 2021. The wait is almost over.
It looks like Abnor Mole has added some new tropical beach waves in SSPE1768 recently which looks really nice. The Moles continue to add new Stilt Linden Homes in nearby regions. Once this area has been completed I think it will be another cool area to hang out with friends.
I really do love the palm trees around SSPE1756 and other areas that the Moles are adding now. For those wondering what the blue boxes are surrounding the these new Linden homes it’s the Linden Homes Stilt Homes Self Centering Bounding Box V2.4.
When looking around the area there are region centerpoint markers 2.0 dotted some in red and some in green which the Moles use as a main marker to work out where the center is of each region for region developments.
As you can see above on the map there are many empty areas of land where more new Stilts will be added very soon. I will revisit this area in the weeks ahead to see whats been added in a upcoming blog post.
There are mobile apps on iOS and Android that can be downloaded to access Second Life during 2021. As many know already Linden Lab are working to launch a Second Life mobile client on iOS very soon followed by a Android release later on.
Touch Life, Sparkle IM, LittleSight and AjaxLife have gone offline now. SLGo closed down at the end of April 2015 after OnLive was acquired by Sony. Lumiya no longer releases updates and the website is no longer being maintained.
Below are iOS apps and Android apps to access Second Life/OpenSim as of 27th April 2021.
SpeedLight is a mobile viewer for Second Life featuring teleport access, IMs, group search, world view rendering, group management, L$ transactions history and more
Caution! Lumiya version 3.2 can still be downloaded via SlideMe but it’s $2.95. This app was last updated on 27th November 2016. Lumiya is a Second Life and OpenSim client offering a 3D world view, the ablitiy to send/receive messages, teleporting, local chat, manage inventory and more. Lumiya supports server-side appearance, mesh content and it’s compatible with RLV.
Please spread the word and in about a year or two I will post up another mobile apps update blog post.
In recent months Linden Lab have been pretty quiet on the Second Life mobile development for anything to do with the iOS and Android versions of it. There are Second Life web user group meetings which are normally held on the first Wednesday of the month from 2pm SLT to 3pm SLT located at Denby.
The Web User Group meeting is a public monthly meeting used for discussion of issues around the Marketplace, Profiles, Place Pages, Search and Mobile related updates.
Upcoming Web User Group Meetings
Wednesday, May 5th, 2021
Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021
Wednesday, July 7th, 2021
Wednesday, August 4th, 2021
Wednesday, September 1st, 2021
Wednesday, October 6th, 2021
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021
Wednesday, December 1st, 2021
Linden Lab are focused on the non-graphical aspects for a Second Life mobile viewer like IM, group chat, friendship management and more. I believe there is still NDA for those that are working/testing the iOS and Android versions at the moment.
Keira Linden has mentioned in the Second Life Forums mobile section last year that once there is a beta version of it available then it will be open to everyone to try it out. It’s expected the lab will make an announcement in the weeks/months ahead hopefully. There is potential here for the lab to make this a huge success and another way of bringing in revenue maybe.
Back on Monday 22nd June 2020 Ebbe Altberg CEO of Linden Lab talked about future plans for the Second Life Mobile Companion app for iOS and Android devices. Almost a year later development is slowly getting there.
The iOS version of the Second Life mobile client has been rejected by Apple a few times or so now over the past six months. Apple seems to be making life hard for Linden Lab in terms of passing the app through its evaluation process.
Second Life Mobile News – April 2021 Update
The app is now very close to being ready to go (internal tests are being carried out)
Waiting for Apple to pass the app via their evaluation process
Launch could happen before the end of the summer 2021 (my prediction)
Development is way behind that of the iOS version
Internal testing is still on-going
Launch could happen later this year/early 2022 (my prediction)
Hopefully it won’t be too much longer until the lab announces more about Second Life mobile launch in the weeks or months ahead.