Back in early May 2019 I blogged about the Lumiya Viewer being no longer listed on the Google Play Store. Apparently it was removed from Google Play due to a change in the developer terms (change in SMS policy from Google). Lumiya was removed off the Third Party Viewer Directory page for a variety of reasons.
The Lumiya website was last updated in early October 2017 and the latest viewer version was 3.4.2. There has been no word from Alina Lyvette for some time now and it seems unlikely that the Lumiya app will be updated again anytime soon. Myself and many others have tried to get in touch with Alina but so far there have been no responses.
The Lumiya Viewer is still available through Slide.Me (risk) and other websites which may be risky. The last version still offers communications and other viewer functions. However from what I have heard the world rendering and avatar appearance etc are broken.
I hope someday we will hear from Alina Lyvette. For now it’s worth waiting for announcements on the iOS and Android version of the new Second Life mobile app that Linden Lab are working on now.
It seems like the well known Lumiya Viewer is no longer available on the Google Play Store. It’s unclear if this is just a small technical issue or something more serious. It could be Alina Lyvette is taking a break for a while.
For me it was one of the best mobile viewers out there for Second Life and OpenSim grids. As many know early last year the Lumiya Viewer was removed from the official Third Party Viewer Directory. Apparently the Lumiya Viewer is still working if you have it installed already.
Lumiya Viewer has been available since August 2017 and the app has been downloaded more than 100, 000 times. Alina Lyvette does have two other apps which are still available today to download – Lumiya Cloud Plugin and Lumiya Voice Plugin. Both of these apps have not been updated for some time.
Within the past 24 hours there has been some discussion about this via reddit.
I hope the Lumiya Viewer app comes back on the Google Play Store soon. If not then at least a download link on the official Lumiya Viewer website would be good.
UPDATE 1 – 2nd May
- Lumiya Viewer is still up on the Aptoide Android market where you can download it.
On 24th November a new version (3.2) of the popular Lumiya Viewer for Android Phones and Tablets was released which now supports rendering for Google Cardboard. The latest version is now compatible with Virtual Reality kits and headsets. This latest 3.2 version has fixed an issue with black screen when antialiasing is enabled.
Lumiya 3.2 supports stereoscopic rendering for Google Cardboard and compatible Virtual Reality kits.
To enable stereoscopic rendering, tap on “3D View” and then pick “Virtual Reality mode” from the action menu, at the top right corner of the screen.
At the moment, VR mode is only available on Android Marshmallow and above.
The Lumiya Viewer 3.2 can be downloaded on the Google Play Store. Stay updated on the latest releases and news here.
On 30th July the Lumiya Viewer was updated to version 3.0.3 with various bug fixes and one new feature that is the ability to move HUDS around the screen by dragging them. Lumiya Viewer is a Second Life grid client for Android phones and tablets. Lumiya supports mesh content, server-side appearance, opensim and it’s compatible with RLV. See here for full list of features.
List of fixed issues:
- Fixed a crash in 3D mode on Intel-based devices;
- Fixed incorrect screen layout in 3D mode after rotation;
- “Don’t save user name” option now works as it should.
Lumiya Viewer can be downloaded on the Google Play Store for £2.69 and the size of the latest version 3.0.3 is now 8.2M. Since the launch the app has had between 50, 000 – 100, 000 installs which is very impressive. The Lumiya Viewer requires Android version 2.3.3 and up.
In late July 2016 the Lumiya Viewer was updated to version 3.0 where the app was completely revamped from the ground up. There is now a new user interface, improved navigation, group management, improved interaction with inworld objects and more.
Ability to move HUDs around the screen;
Ability to play animations from inventory;
Optional Camera button in 3D view;
New user interface with material design;
New Pink color theme;
Avatar pictures in chat and contacts;
Persistent chat history;
Improved nagivation in 3D mode, with pinch and drag gestures;
Improved interaction with in-world objects;
Option to keep Wi-Fi awake while connected;
Fixed crashes in 3D mode on certain devices.
For more information visit the official Lumiya Viewer website.