Lumiya is a well-reviewed Second Life viewer for Android phones and tablets created by Alina Lyvette, and now I'm proud to announce that it's also a sponsoring partner of New World Notes. Since its launch, I've been impressed by Lumiya's growing popularity among Android users, earning 20K active users in under a year, and Alina's continued efforts to improve and add features to her app. Speaking of which, in coming weeks, she'll add a couple a new features to Lumiya: Improved chat and flexiprim optimization.
What's that mean? Let Alina explain:
Improved chat in the form of a sliding gesture to switch between chat session and a contact list: "Useful in situations when chat session is opened by tapping on system notification, and tapping Back would then take you back to the other app that was active, and the only way to get to the contact list was to tap on another notification or go through task switcher or open Lumiya from the home screen... clumsy either way, so after playing a little with various options, I've decided to try sliding navigation (somewhat like it is done in Google Hangouts). It works already and I love how it works, but it still needs final touches."
Flexible prims optimization: "Flexibles in Lumiya are one of major things which impact the performance -- which is not surprising, given that they're computed on CPU side and, worse, in pure Java. Speaking in numbers, for a simple scene with two avatars in an empty Linden Home, each wearing fairly typical flexible prim hair, computing flexibles takes about 30% of CPU time per frame. I will try to do this in the native code or Renderscript. While I'm not expecting major framerate improvements from this optimization, it will have a large positive impact on battery life; freeing CPU to do other things means faster texture decompression, which means faster 'rezzing' - certainly a nice thing to have." She may implement that in the next Lumiya update, or another update soon after.
More Lumiya updates soon. I'm imminently stoked to help support an innovator as talented as Ms. Lyvette, and also support the growth of Second Life as a mobile-friendly experience -- while she helps support New World Notes.
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