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Android Has a Second Life App -- Anyone Tried It?

Android SL App

I just noticed this while perusing Jenn Forager's epic metaverse viewer chart: created by an Austrian developer named Kurt Schlager, Mobile Grid Client is a Second Life messaging system app for Android-based cell phones (Motorola Droid, Google Nexus One, etc.) It enables chat and instant messaging from your Android phone into Second Life, along with teleport and region map display. So a bit less robust than TouchLife for the iPhone, but still potentially useful.

I say "potentially", because being an iPhone ideologue, I haven't tried it myself. Anyone who does have an Anroid-based phone want to give the 14 free trial a whirl, and report back here?

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magggnnus

I'm using it.
After it had proven very useful once during the trial period when out of town and on the road, I decided it was worth the annual fee even if I really needed it one more time during that year.
The fee is per device not per avatar btw, which was important when making the decision.
Does what is says, and since it's the only game in town I can only recommend it ;)

PhillyGirl

I used it for the 14days then decided for the amount of times I would use it it wasn't worth a yearly payment. The nice thing is you can sign up for a month and then let it go. 6mths later you can by another month if you need it. I like that model. Of course if I find I am buying it every month I will pony up for the whole year. The chat client seems easy to use and intuitive, the map graphics seems nice, but not something I really make use of since its a chat client. I haven't tried to give or recieve inventory using it.

Valiant Westland

My guess is the mobile Second Life space is going to wind up with a number of competitive offerings, potentially even one from Linden Lab. If the Lab does decide to create a mobile application, it will be hard for any 3rd-party to compete, unless they offer something truly extraordinary. If I were the lab, I would create a moble app and give it away, but tie its use to premium membership.

Mallory Destiny

Since Linden Labs released th SLim client, a chat application between SL IM and desktop, I have been wondering about why.... it was not available for smart phone. I remember posting this when feedback was asked on SLim, but also in the Pjira section for Second Life. (Just a pity I have no scripting skills at all!)

With this Mobile Grid Client for Android, this dream has become true and I am a passionated user from the very start.
This app allows you too login fast, chat with avi's around in local chat.. it even shows if avatars are in chat range, and start IM's with anyone logged into SL. It has also an teleport function and other avatars see you just online as usual.. Just need to explain that I don't see them on my phone... but just the chat.

Of course I am using the two weeks trial, but I will definitely start using the application, even if I have to pay.. for 1 euro a month is well spend, I think.

Masha Eilde

Given that the iPhone SL apps are free, there's no way I'm paying for one on my Evo. It's just not that worth it and personally, I find it irritating to be charged when every other viewer out there is free to use.

Leroy Horten

I'm using the trial on my Evo and everything works as advertised. I will probably pay the license fee on a monthy basis. Its a great tool to keep in touch with my SL business contacts while I'm not in front of a computer.

Pirate Russell

I used the 2 week demo back in July, and it worked fine. Not being able to see where I was going, or if I was dressed or not, etc, was disorienting. It worked more for Me as a IM client.

~Pirate

clifford doles

i use it now and i love it. its worth the yearly fee, only bad thing is you can only talk in chat, no movement exept teleports, but other then that, is worth it

Kerry Ninetails

Yeah, just loaded it and ran it for the first time. Blew me away:) Reminds me a lot of Metabolt. It does exactly what it says. And for a buck a month? I'm sold. My job is 100% travel, and this is perfect!

Fox Bellecoeur

I came, I saw, I didn't like it. Sure, the 2 week trial is great, but, as I see it... Second life is a free platform via PC, or Mac, or whatever you happen to use. That being said, there should be a free chat client for some to use who either don't have a linden income, or can't afford to be buying lindens via credit card.

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