Lumiya, the SL viewer for Android phones and tablets that I've written about before, has a new update full of badass features, and look at how well it displays avatar animations in this silly video demo:
"Lumiya has recently hit 5000 downloads mark since its first release way back in January," the creator Alina Lyvette tells me. "It has a fairly good 'retention rate' - the number of uninstalls is somewhere below 5%, although I really don't know how it compares to other paid apps." Having just wrote a book about game apps, I'd say that's an extremely good rate, especially since it's selling at $2.95 per pop. (By comparison, Pocket Metaverse, the much more limited SL viewer for iOS, got 10,000 downloads back in 2010, which to me suggests Second Life has more iPhone and iPad owners, than Android.)
What features does Lumiya now come with? Read on, read on:
"Basically," says Alina, "the latest update adds true avatar rendering, with animations, ability to change clothing and rebake textures (which was probably the hardest part .. although all avatar-related things in SL are overly complicated, as they evolved over the years). Inara Pey has written a review here in her blog which covers it in great detail."
And so Ms. Pey has, so do be sure to see more there. I don't own an Android myself, so definitely share your own take in Comments as well. For me, the main takeaway is: Now we know the market for a mobile-based SL experience is at least 15,000 -- but likely a lot more.
Hat tip: NWN reader Graham Mills.Tweet