OpenSim on Android phones and tablets


thanks to a LinkedIn post by Nick Zwart of 3DLES, here’s a look at Lumiya – an SL viewer for Android devices

Lumiya is $2.95 and here are important specs to read about performance

i haven’t used it yet but am heading over to Google Play to check it out (qr below) =)


click for full size – image © Nick Zwart

get Lumiya by scanning this with your phone

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written by Ener Hax

July 7th, 2012 at 8:44 am

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  1. There is also an Android-based SL-viewer called LittleSight here:


    7 Jul 12 at 11:42 am

  2. Thanks Lord! I’ll check that out too! =)

    Ener Hax

    7 Jul 12 at 11:52 am

  3. Slight correction: Lumiya is not an SL viewer — as of this weeks’s update, it is an SL **and** OpenSim viewer and you can add login URIs for non-listed grids and standalones. I’m not aware of any other viewers with 3D support for Android.

    Graham Mills

    7 Jul 12 at 12:48 pm

  4. My shiny grey avatar is in a Kitely world now. It’s a bit limited but it’s working.

    keith selmes

    7 Jul 12 at 4:06 pm

  5. Dang, another area to explore. Smart phones and their OS’s

    *rolls out To Do List … waits for it to finish unrolling …
    waiting … add Smart phone OS’s to List … decides to skip workout after rolling List up again*

    Sarge Misfit

    7 Jul 12 at 4:21 pm

  6. Technical comment, I’m using a Xoom2 tablet, dual core 1.2GHz, Android 3.2, 10.1″ screen. So not the slowest or cheapest, but not one of the nice new 4 core jobs either. Its on wifi sharing a broadband connection.

    I might try a phone later, but they’re really too small for my hands.

    keith selmes

    7 Jul 12 at 4:34 pm

  7. Most of the other mobile viewers (actually just a IM and not a viewer) require you to pay for a subscription service, Lumiya doesn’t. Lumiya will work with 3G, I set the phone to use 3G because of the power drain 4G/LTE has. Lumiya has only 2 menus/functions, 3D and object. So it feels awkward and limited compared to a PC viewer. But compaired to what was available in the past for mobile devices it is an improvement; however the absence of left/rt clicking and other menus feels strange.


    7 Jul 12 at 10:46 pm

  8. Inevitably Lumiya lacks some of the refinements of other viewers; it’s new, less than 1 MB in size and 50K as opposed to 600K lines of code. It has to operate on 3″ screens (as on my Android phone) as well as state-of-the-art 10″ tablets. Nevertheless, it is more capable than it might at first appear.

    Firstly, it has three modes, not two, if you include text. However, it also has, for example, a functional minimap and inventory (see the context-sensitive options menu). You can not only read notecards but write them and embed objects in them too.

    Many will focus on avatar appearance as a weakness and the developer is addressing that as well as UI refinements. However, to focus on its present deficiencies risks missing a much, much bigger picture. She is adding GPS support. That means you can make a replica of a RL environment and put extra stuff in it. Then navigate by walking in RL and looking through your mobile device’s screen (something teens are rather good at).

    In my case that extra stuff is educational, maybe stuff too small to see, from a different season or a different era. A bit like augmented reality without the RL overlay. The difference is that thousands of people know how to make this stuff (prims ftw), you only need cheap servers to host multiple copies or versions of the stuff for the same space, the stuff can scripted to be interactive, it’s intrinsically multi-user (think games), and runs on a cheap hardware platform (though data is an issue, it’s much lighter than streaming as per Gaikai).

    Graham Mills

    8 Jul 12 at 2:28 am

  9. This is nice functionality – even only being able to move through a space would be suitable for our Enclave Harbour. Thanks Ener and Nick.

    David Miller

    8 Jul 12 at 4:13 pm

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