I can’t decide if this is a really cool gadget, or completely misses the point. The new Sony Ericsson LiveView allows you to connect the device to your mobile phone, and access key functions of the phone without actually using the phone itself.
It comes with a wrist strap, so I guess Sony Ericsson’s plan is for you to wear this instead of a watch, and have the ability to access information on your phone as well as having a clock. It has a 1.3″ 128×128 pixel OLED screen, 4 touch buttons (on the edges of the screen) and 2 real buttons (power & menu), and supports a wide variety of phone functions:
|Music player control||Play, pause, next, previous track and volume adjustment. Track title display|
|Social Networking Services||Display Facebook™ updates. Display Twitter™ updates|
|Messaging||Display incoming texts. Display RSS feeds|
|Calls||Show phone number for incoming calls. Mute ringer for incoming phone calls. List of missed calls.|
|Other||Calendar reminders. Find your phone. Display time and date.|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth™ technology. Micro USB connector. Bluetooth™ range approximately 10m|
|Screen||1,3”colour OLED display, 128×128 pixels|
|Compatibility||Compatible with the Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X10, Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X10 mini and Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X10 mini pro and most other brands on Android 2.0 and above. For updated compability chart see www.sonyericsson.com/liveview|
|Facts 1)2)||Size:3.5 x 3.5×1.1cm. Typical consumer battery usage time: 4 days|
|Availability and versions||Available in selected markets from Q4 2010|
|Standard kit content||
However, instead of the usual “tied to their proprietary OS” nonsense, it appears this device is designed for Sony Ericsson’s Android phones (and more specifically their X10 Android phones); it also needs Android v2.2 or above, so is currently limited to the X10, X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro.
Interestingly, Sony Ericsson will release the LiveView Android App, and have already announced the API which would allow other developers to link into the device via your phone (in fact Sony Ericsson has said the application will be able to notify you of other applications that take advantage of the LiveView APIs). As a starting point, it will be able to control your music, read texts, see incoming calls, and allow you read your latest Facebook and Twitter news.
Don’t have a Sony Ericsson phone? Sony Ericsson have also stated that the device will also be compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S and the, making it even more interesting…
Due in Q4 (so just in time for Christmas), although with no pricing, it’s not yet clear whether this is a must have gadget or not.