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!
On Monday 9th March 2015 OnLive published a new blog post on SL Go announcing that new users joining can buy weekly subscriptions inworld using Linden Dollars (L$) for a limited time. If you are interested in signing up, visit SL Go island in Second Life. For all existing users with monthly subscriptions this feature to be rolled out in the near future.
Here is the full press release below.
You’ve probably heard of SL Go, the viewer that streams Second Life from the cloud in ultra-rich graphics, right to your tablet or low powered computer. You might have wanted to try it, but hate giving out your credit card info and personal information. Well, we now have a great solution for you!
For a limited time, if you sign up for SL Go with a NEW USER account you can buy weekly subscriptions in-world using Linden Dollars (L$). There is a private sign up booth where you can create your free SL Go account, and then pay for subscriptions using L$. Each week is only L$650, and you can buy up to 4 weeks at a time. Also, you can return and renew or extend your subscription in-world at any time.
Sorry, but existing users with monthly subscriptions will need to wait for this feature. It is much more complex to transition an account from US Dollars to Linden Dollars. We will be bringing this feature to you soon.
Paying for SL Go with L$ has been one of the most common requests we have received in our forums and chat rooms. We are very excited to offer this now to new users. We hope this makes it much easier for you to be a part of our growing SL Go community.