Sony Ericsson Announces LiveView

Sony Ericsson

Sony Ericsson announced a new product today called LiveView. While at first glance it resembles an iPod Nano, it is something different. It is a mini viewscreen for your Android phone. Check out the video below.

As Marcus Hansson was describing the device in the video, I thought that it would work great as a watch. Sure enough he attached it to a wristband and made it one. Sony Ericsson already has a business-style watch, and this looks like it is more for the casual user. It could be useful in a variety of ways, and Sony Ericsson left it open to any Android app that wants to utilize it.

The LiveView features a 128 x 128 pixel OLED display. You interact with the device through the touch-screen on the edge of the display, and external buttons. In the video it is described as a widget available on an external device. This gives you an at-a-glance option for any program compatible with it, like the music player. It connects to your phone through Bluetooth with an app called LiveView.

Here are the specs:

  • 1.3” color OLED display, 128×128 pixels
  • Bluetooth and Micro USB connections
  • Compatible with most Android phones version 2.0 and above (Compability List: www.sonyericsson.com/liveview)
  • In Box: Clip, Wristband, MicroUSB charger, User guide

Here are some of the default features:

  • Music player control: Play, pause, next, previous track and volume adjustment, Track title display
  • Social Networking Services: Display Facebook and Twitter updates
  • Messaging: Display incoming texts and RSS feeds
  • Calls: Show caller ID, Mute ringer, View missed calls
  • Other: Calendar reminders, phone finder, view time and date

I can see a lot of ways this device would be useful. I think this device will depend on developer adoption though. If developers choose not to make apps that work with it, it might handicap the device somewhat. The default features included in the box by Sony Ericsson should make it worth a look though. There was no information on pricing, another thing that could make or break the device. I would hope this would cost less than a typical bluetooth headset, but we’ll have to wait and see.

LiveView will be available in selected markets beginning in Q4 this year. It will coincide with the launch of Eclair on the Xperia X10. You can read the full press release here.

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