Linden Lab confirms they are in early stages of work on an iOS companion app for Second Life


It’s been confirmed this week that Linden Lab are in the early stages in working towards an iOS companion app for Second Life. The lab are focused on getting a prototype out to the Second Life community at some point in the near future. The app will not be linked to a streaming service.

Inara Pey contacted Linden Lab recently with a number of questions concerning the Bit Bucket code repository that was set up by Brad Linden. The lab responded saying the following…

As you point out, we discussed at our Town Hall events last year that we’re actively looking at ways to extend the reach of Second Life to new audiences including mobile platforms. For example, we’re in the early stages of work on an iOS companion app for Second Life.  

Right now we’re focused on getting a prototype out to our Residents, at which point we’ll be looking for feedback and suggestions. In the early stages, we will not be tying the app to a streaming service. However, we don’t have anything to formally announce yet about the specific features, capabilities, and availability.

It’s important to mention that Linden Lab have not formally announced anything yet. It’s early days but it’s good news to hear the lab are working on an iOS mobile app and hopefully they will make one for Android users.

Are you excited about having Second Life on mobile ?

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Linden Lab Blocks Android Viewer “IM to Secondlife”


IM to Secondlife blocked

Oz Linden has announced on the Second Life official blog that the third-party Android viewer “IM to Secondlife” has been blocked from accessing Second Life. Apparently the block was due to serious violations of the policy on the Third Party viewers page.

The third-party Android viewer “IM to Secondlife” was released back in September 2015 and since then has been downloaded more than 10, 000 times on the Google Play Store. The reviews have been mostly mixed and negative recently. It’s rated 3 and half stars out of 5 stars.  

Here is the full blog post by Oz Linden… 

Linden Lab has blocked the third party Android client “IM to Secondlife”; it may no longer be used to access Second Life. We did so due to serious violations of the Policy on Third Party Viewersrelating to user account security and user privacy.

If you have ever used that viewer, Linden Lab strongly suggests that you secure your Second Life account, beginning with updating your password on the Second Life account page:

https://accounts.secondlife.com/change_password/

We may need to temporarily hold some accounts in connection with this incident. Please ensure that your contact information is up to date and verify your email address:https://accounts.secondlife.com/change_email/

As a reminder, although you may connect to Second Life using software released by a third-party developer,  as explained in our Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions, you do so at your own risk. Linden Lab provides a Policy on Third-Party Viewers to promote a positive and predictable experience for all Second Life Residents. Extra caution must be taken with third-party viewers that are not in the Viewer Directory: they have either declined to self-certify their compliance with Linden Lab policies or have been refused for noncompliance with the policies.

-Oz Linden

It’s good to see Linden Lab taking some serious action to protect the security of the Second Life community.

A brief history of SL Go


SL Go

This is a special tribute blog post to the amazing SL Go service that’s closing on 30th April 2015. Over the past year the SL Go team have put into hard work into the service to ensure that the experience worked. I would like to say personally to the SL Go team thanks so much for the service during the past year. Good luck for the future! 🙂

A brief history of SL Go from March 2014 to April 2015

The launch of SL Go mobile app 5th March 2014

Pre-March 2014 Linden Lab selected SL residents to help test and review the SL Go app. The exciting news came when Linden Lab announced SL Go open beta on 5th March 2014. The main issue was pricing and that it wasn’t available on IOS devices.

SL Go app

Special podcast on the Drax Files Radio Hour 7th March 2014

The 9th episode of The Drax Files Radio Hour podcast was aired featuring interviews with OnLive’s Nate Barsetti and Dennis Harper who talked about the public beta of SL Go.

SL Go on month later 5th April 2014

There was mixed feedback and surveys to fill out a month after the launch. SL Go was available on Android, PCs and Macs. It was not ready for iOS and IPads.  On 3rd April 2014 OnLive announced new updates on pricing and more support for more countries around the world. The pricing model changed and the price dropped a little.

7 days free trail period on SL Go 3rd June 2014

OnLive offered new SL Go users a 7-Day Free Trial with sign up for an unlimited access’ subscription package.

Free Trail SLGo

SL Go: SL11B promotion – 22nd June 2014

During SL11B new users joining SL Go were offered 75% off the first month of an unlimited access subscription package.

Draxtor adventures with SL Go in real life11th November 2014

Draxtor Despres created a new advert using SL Go on the road in real life featuring Torley Linden voice. “lets SL go places”

SL Go “Refer A Friend” program 14th November 2014

During early November 2014 OnLive announced a new SL Go “Refer A Friend” program. Anyone can earn $10 for every referral who converts to a paid SL Go subscriber. This was a limited time only offer.

SL Go teleporting issue email30th January 2015

In late January 2015 the SL Go team sent out an email to all SL Go users informing them of an issue with the SL Go SL viewer that prevents teleporting. The SL Go team gave all SL Go subscribers a free month to make up for time lost.

SL Go – New users can now pay with L$ 9th March 2015

In early March 2015 OnLive announced that new users joining can buy weekly subscriptions inworld using Linden Dollars (L$) for a limited time. Existing users with monthly subscriptions were told that this feature would be rolled out in near future.

Firestorm Mobile is now live on SL Go23rd March 2015

OnLive announced that the Firestorm Viewer was available for mobile devices including Android and iOS thanks to overwhelming demand from the SL Go community. This was really exciting news for all Firestorm users and SL Go users to hear about.

SL Go service closing down on 30th April 20153rd April 2015

In early April 2015 OnLive was acquired by Sony and SL Go is set to close down on 30th April 2015. Apparently all SL Go services will continue to operate until 30th April and all services will be free for SL Go users or anyone that creates a new account. The SL Go Island will continue to be online for a while but the Pay with L$ feature has been removed.

After 30th April 2015 the SL Go/OnLive data centers will shut down and the service will be offline. All accounts will then be closed down and all credit card data will be deleted. Apparently no refunds will be available for any subscriptions.

SL Go online petition update 2 – 7th April 2015

If you want to try to save SL Go then please sign the online petition here. 225 supporters have signed already. Spread the word and lets try to save it.

The Future – 2015-2020+

It’s a real shame that the SL Go project is ending after a year in service and I hope in the near future that something like SL Go can happen again. We will have to wait and see what happens in the years to come.

So lets log into SL Go and make the most of it before 30th April 2015. It’s free for all SL Go users and for new account signups.

SL Go online petition update


155 supporters so far have signed the online petition to urge Sony to keep SL Go open and we need to spread the word about this to keep SL Go open. I wish this petition the best of luck and lets hope something will be done. If this online petition fails and doesn’t have much impact it will be a major mistake.

SL Go has only been around for a year and it’s proven way to access Second Life using mobile/tablet devices. I have to say lot’s of SL residents are relying on SL Go on a daily basis and the SL Go team have put in so much effort over the last year to make the service work.

Sony should save SLgo. Many people rely on SLgo every day to access the Virtual World Second Life. It is very important to many people for accessing what has become a large piece of their lives and by shutting it down you will be removing an important way to access what is our second life!!! Please save SLgo!

If you want to save SL Go then please sign the online petition here.