2019 Mobile Apps For Second Life


The last post I made on mobile apps for Second Life was back in January 2010 for the IPhone. Since then Touch LifeSparkle IM and AjaxLife have all gone offline.

Apparently Linden Lab is working on an iOS app solution for accessing Second Life and hopefully there will be a Android version of it. Hopefully there will be a prototype app released sometime this year if all goes to plan. Sansar may at some point go on mobile in the near future.

Below are iOS and Android apps which can be used to access Second Life and OpenSim as of 30th January 2019.

iOS Apps

MetaChat 

  • Text only viewer
  • View avatar profiles, search for avatar by name, chat locally or via IM, teleport to landmarks, view group information, see your friends list and more
  • Size: 27MB
  • Version: 1.2.9100
  • Price: $2.99
  • Available since August 2017
  • Listed on TPV Directory
  • Download

Android Apps

Lumiya

  • Second Life viewer for android phones and tablets
  • Supports OpenSim, supports new Android Oreo notifications. supports Bento, supports voice, inventory management, 3D view, mesh support, works with Google Cardboard, full VR experience and more
  • Size: 10MB
  • Version: 3.4.2
  • Price: £2.69
  • Available since 2012
  • No longer listed on TPV Directory
  • Installs: 100, 000+
  • Download

Lumiya Voice Plugin

  • Adds voice chat support to Lumiya Viewer. Supports group voice calls and nearby voice. Requires Lumiya Viewer to be installed. Support for Bluetooth headsets and speakerphone mode
  • Size: 4.9MB
  • Version: 1.4
  • Available since January 2017
  • Download

Lumiya Cloud Plugin

  • Enables Lumiya Viewer to save chat and IM data to Google Drive. Requires Lumiya Viewer to be installed.
  • Size: 2.7MB
  • Version 1.0
  • Available since 19th October 2016
  • Download

Mobile Grid Client

  • Second Life and OpenSim messaging client for all Android devices
  • Local chat and instant messages, teleport to other regions, region map, profiles, full inventory manipulation and more
  • Size: 1.1MB
  • Version: 1.25.1255
  • Price: First 14 days are free then there is a monthly fee L$250 for the standard version. The Pro version is L$450 per month / L$4500 per year.
  • Available since 2010
  • Listed on TPV Directory
  • Installs: 100, 000+
  • Download

LittleSight

  • Second Life viewer for Android
  • Chat, IM, online friends list, nearby people, mini-map, teleport to current map (paid service).
  • Size: 5,3MB
  • Version: 2.0.0
  • Price: single payment
  • Available since 2012
  • Listed on TPV Directory
  • Installs: 10, 000+
  • Download
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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 ?

Lumiya Viewer 3.1.1 released


New profile editing in 3.1.1

On 27th September Lumiya Viewer 3.1.1 was released including a number of improvements, new features and bug fixes. The Lumiya Viewer is a Second Life / OpenSim client for Android created by Alina Lyvette. The Lumiya Viewer app costs £2.69 on the Google Play Store and now it’s 8.8M in size.

The biggest improvements in 3.1.1 is the support for OpenGL ES 3.0 which now allows for major frame rate improvements in 3D mode. Rendering mesh bodies, mesh hair and mesh in general has improved alot in this latest update. There are some really handy new features in this new release including the ability to create and share snapshots. The ability to edit avatar profiles and setting home locations.

What’s New in Version 3.1.1

  • Improved 3D performance on OpenGL ES 3.0-capable devices
  • Taking and sharing screenshots
  • Editing avatar profiles
  • Setting home location
  • Fixed incorrect rendering of Kemono avatars
  • Mesh body HUDs are now working properly
  • Other bug fixes and improvements

Visit out the Lumiya Viewer website and try it out today. 🙂

Lumiya Viewer 3.0.3 Released


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.

What’s New

  • 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;
  • Group management;
  • 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.