Apple approves iOS version of the Second Life App


During this month’s Web User Group meeting hosted by Keira Linden there was more details given out about the status of the iOS version of the Second Life app. Linden Lab recently submitted a new version to Apple and it’s been finally been accepted by Apple after months of on-going issues to get it approved.

Keira Linden talks about this around the 10 minute mark onwards during the meeting which can be watched again in full below. The lab are focused on the iOS Second Life mobile app which will be a chat app mostly. It will be a good way of keeping touch with friends inworld without having to be logged into Second Life. The lab are still working on the Android version which is still in development.

The lab are working on a whole set of new features into it and soon it will be on the Apple Store. There are around 40-50 users that have the iOS version of the Second Life app and more wide spread testing is still needed yet.

Apparently those that use the iOS version of the Second Life app will be logged into new dedicated “SL Mobile” regions which will be primary be used for communications like IM/Group Chat. These SL Mobile regions will not be open to everyone unless they are using the SL Mobile app. Those that log into the SL Mobile regions won’t be able to see their avatar appearance and there won’t be local chat within regions as everything will be done via Direct IM at first. Over time more functionality like 3D view will be added way down the line on the roadmap and hopefully it will reach a point where most of the Second Life community can use it.

IOS SL Mobile App Status Check

  • 3D View – To be confirmed later down the road
  • Direct IM – Available (limited)
  • Localized Chat – Only Direct IM at this point in time
  • Inworld Presence – Available (limited)
  • Group Chat – Coming Soon (couple of releases down the track)
  • Notecards: Can’t see notecards or inventory
  • Search: Will be available
  • Chat Rooms – A certain amount of friends allowed in a room (being looked at)
  • List Of People In Region – Not available
  • User Concurrency: No numbers yet on concurrency users

There were many topics mentioned in this month’s meeting from marketplace improvements, the new user experience, search, last names and more. Here is a quick brief of the important new updates…

  • The new Welcome Islands are now undergoing A/B testing along with the existing Learning Islands / Social Islands. The Welcome Back Island is open for the public to look around.
  • A new Search project to do with functions may be released later in 2021 or 2022
  • The Premium SL Birthday themed Last Names will be removed soon and will be replaced with a new selection of Last Names in the next few weeks. There will be Halloween Last Names coming in the Autumn months.
  • As mentioned in this blog post the iOS version has been accepted by Apple
  • The lab have started work on updating the Second Life Marketplace with the new Second Life blue logo
  • The World API has been worked on to make it faster

The web user meeting runs for 1 hour.

The next Web User Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 4th August 2021 at 2pm SLT over in the Denby region in Second Life.

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2021 Mobile Apps For Second Life


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.

iOS

SpeedLight

  • SpeedLight is a mobile viewer for Second Life featuring teleport access, IMs, group search, world view rendering, group management, L$ transactions history and more
  • Price: $23.99
  • Size: 71.4 MB
  • iPhone requires iOS 10.0 or later
  • Latest Version: 12.102.0758 – 13th April 2021
  • Download

MetaChat

  • MetaChat is a text-only viewer for Second Life/OpenSim
  • Price: $2.99
  • Size: 54MB
  • iPhone requires iOS 13.0 or later
  • Latest Version: 1.2.9131 – 1st April 2021
  • Download

Android

SpeedLight Viewer

  • SpeedLight is a mobile viewer for Second Life featuring teleport access, IMs, group search, world view rendering, group management, L$ transactions history and more
  • Price: Free
  • Size: 3.9MB
  • Requires 7.1 and up
  • Current Version: 12.097.0719 – 7th April 2021
  • 10, 000+ downloads / 158 reviews via Google Play
  • Download

Mobile Grid Client

  • Mobile Grid Client is a messaging client/viewer with local chat, group chat, IM, search, mini-map, the ability to teleport, inventory support and more
  • Price: First 28 days of usage are free (pay monthly starting at L$250 for usage)
  • Size: 1.9MB
  • Requires 4.0 and up
  • Current Version: 1.29.1280 – 23rd September 2020
  • 100, 000+ downloads / 3, 331 reviews via Google Play
  • Download

SL Friends

  • SL Friends is a tool application to get notifications about Second Life friends
  • Price: £1
  • Size: 4.8MB
  • Requires 5.0 and up
  • Current Version: 1.09 – 28th July 2019
  • 500+ downloads / 30 reviews via Google Play
  • Download

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.

Second Life Mobile Development – April 2021 Update


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

iOS Version

  • 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)

Android

  • 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.

Lumiya Viewer Website Banner Remains


Official Lumiya Website – 22nd January 2021

The Lumiya Viewer website has had its main website content removed for some reason. The Lumiya banner is the only thing left remaining on the main homepage.

For many years the Lumiya Viewer website has not been updated by the creator. I have not visited the website since last year when everything was on there. Today I was surprised to see everything removed.

I am wondering if the creator is going to come back soon with a new revamped website along with a brand new app update. I think many would love to see that happen. There is a chance that the Lumiya Viewer website could be deleted in the months or years ahead.

Linden Lab is still working on a Second Life companion app for iOS and Android devices which will become available in beta at some point during 2021.

If anything changes this year I’ll post another blog post about Lumiya.

Apple Rejects iOS Version Of The Second Life Mobile Client


According to this week’s Web User Group (WUG) meeting held on Wednesday 7th October 2020 it appears that Apple rejected the first submission iOS version of the Second Life mobile client. For some reason it did not meet the requirements.

Linden Lab are now working to address the issues as part of Apple’s review process and when that is done then the iOS version will go through Linden Lab QA process. After that then the IOS version can be re-submitted to Apple for approval for a 2nd time.

Once the iOS version of the Second Life mobile client is on the App Store listings then it will go from the closed alpha phrase to the beta phrase most likely. The Android version is still behind the iOS version and is still being developed. I would imagine early 2021 we would see the Android version approved. Maybe late November or December for the iOS version if Apple gives the green light. Who knows!.

What to expect from the first release of the iOS Communications App

It’s important to understand that the first release of the iOS version of the Second Life mobile client will not have full capabilities like world rendering, purchases and more. Over time the app will have inventory management, group chat and more features. The app will be used for those that want to stay connected on the go rather than using it at home.

This is a delay for sure but hopefully everything can be resolved before the end of 2020. That depends on Apple of course.

Second Life Mobile Beta Signups Coming Soon


New Mobile section goes live

This week on the Second Life Forums a new forum sub section was set up called Mobile which will be used for “discussion about mobile initiatives for Second Life“. Linden Lab are planning to launch an IOS and Android version of a brand new Second Life Mobile app sometime within the next three months. 

Today Keira Linden has made several new comments which are worth reading I think if you are excited about trying out the Second Life Mobile app in the future. Firstly the lab are still focused on the social parts of the app like IM functions and groups. 

It looks like the iOS version will be first in line with a beta version of it. The lab will make an announcement on how to sign up very soon. The Android app version is going to be a little delayed because of the backend work left to do. 

Keira Linden writes…

Right now, we’re really focused on the social aspects like chat (both IM and group) and getting those right.  So, keep checking in here and when I have more info on that portion of it I’ll announce it here first!

A little gossip I suppose…

I’ve got a little gossip, but not sure how juicy it is.    Android app is in the works!  We went with iOS first because we have more Residents on iOS devices, not because we don’t love our Android Resis too!  Release for an Android app is going to be a little delayed after iOS because we still have some backend work to do and (in case you hadn’t heard) we are frantically working on this eency little project called UPLIFT.    But, we’re still working on what we can along side iOS.  Once we have a beta version of it that we can open up for you all to bang on, I’ll drop an announcement in here so you all can sign up. 

I think the lab made a good move in creating this new sub section this week focusing on the Mobile side of Second Life. I will be following this very closely because I am looking forward to using the Android version mainly when that gets released. I will blog more when new updates becomes available. 

Second Life Mobile Companion App – August 2020 Update


As many know already Linden Lab is currently working on a brand new Second Life mobile companion app for iOS and for Android users. These are the latest updates relating to the new Second Life mobile app from this week’s web user group meeting from Wednesday 5th August 2020.

Android

  • Work for the Android version of the Second Life mobile app is still behind the iOS version at this time but the good news is that it’s still under active development.
  • It’s got some time before it reaches the Alpha / Beta test process stages.

iOS

  • The iOS version has been in closed alpha for roughly two months or so now
  • The lab has a build that is expected to be submitted to Apple sometime during August 2020. It’s got to be reviewed first and then approved before it appears on the Apple App Store
  • The development team and the QA team are working hard right now

What to expect when the Second Life mobile app launches ?

It’s worth pointing out when the Second Life app launches before 2021 it will be more of a communicator app than a full blown client. It’s going to be used for basic contact for now like for IM and group chat.

There will be no 3D world view and apparently there are three mobile regions that have been set up so far. Over time more features, mobile regions and more capabilities will be added for the iOS and Android versions.

The lab will probably do a big announcement when the iOS version is approved on the Apple App Store very soon. The Android version announcement will follow later most likely in 2020. Most likely sometime in the Autumn if all goes to plan is what I am thinking for timings.

The lab are making good progress so far. The overall development for both iOS and Android versions seems to be going alright so far. I am most looking forward to trying out the Android version when that launches.

I will post more on my blog when more information becomes available.

The SL17B Exhibits Are Still Open


Bugs Bunny at the bar drinking lime

Last weekend marked the end of the major events and live performances at SL17B. The only big event still going now is the SL17B Shop & Hop shopping event which ends Sunday 12th July 2020. The exhibits and birthday regions are still open for another two weeks roughly. There is a useful list of SL17B community experiences worth checking out. 

SL17B core regions open until 12th July 2020
SL17B Shop & Hop Shopping Event still open

For those that are visiting this week and next week the lag should now be at normal levels. It should be easier now to explore the regions sightseeing and hanging out with family/friends. It’s best to visit during non-peak hours to enjoy it more.  

Ebbe Linden & Saffia live at SL17B last week (22nd June)

The SL17B Meet the Linden sessions were a huge success again this year with a large audience every day participating inworld and on the live online stream. Well done to everyone that made it work this year. It was good to hear good progress being made with the uplift work, the mobile app, premium plus, Linden Homes and much more. I think before the end of the year there will be some interesting announcements on Second Life.

The new Stilt Linden Home theme
SL17B Enchant from the air

The new Stilt Linden Homes can still be viewed in the SL17B Enchant region. The LH Demo region will remain open for the next few weeks. After that the Stilt Linden Homes won’t be released until later in 2020 when residents will be able to start moving in. I will post more on this when new updates becomes available.

What do you think of SL17B so far ?

 

 

Second Life Mobile Companion App – June 2020 Update


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. The lab are currently focused on the communications side of the app (IMs, Abuse Reporting support & Friends list) and the world view etc. The lab are trying to figure out the right time to enable the 3D viewer aspect of it into mobile.

The lab have made incremental improvements to the viewer UI like streaming into SL through the Chrome Embedded Framework. There is still more work still to be completed.

Ebbe hopes to see a beta version of the new Second Life Mobile Companion app released pretty soon. The best estimates for this is before the end of 2020 around time when the Uplift project should be finished. In general terms this means moving all of SL to the Amazon Web Services cloud. Then the focus will go on a cloud streaming option for the Second Life Mobile Companion app.

Personally I would love to test the Android version of it but if not i’ll wait until the public release happens. I really hope this new app will be successful in the long term and for the lab continue to develop it for years to come.

I will post more updates on my blog when more details become public.

Linden Lab Enters Into The Internal Alpha Stage Of The Second Life App


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On Sunday 10th May I asked Ebbe Altberg CEO of Linden Lab on Twitter if there was any new updates on the upcoming app for Second Life.

Ebbe kindly replied back saying Linden Lab are about at the internal alpha stage at the moment with the Second Life app. He said there is more work to before the public beta gets released. Ebbe confirmed this is a communications app for now.

In general terms things like IMs, group chat and staying connected with friends are in the works. Then later visuals will be introduced most likely.

There will be a iOS version then an Android version later. The lab are working on it all right now. Ebbe recommended the third party app named Speedlight. Its worth checking out for sure. 

Personally I can’t wait for an Android version of Second Life app to launch. There is still no ETA yet. Let’s hope before the end of the summer/end of 2020.