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.
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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
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;
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!