The Sony Ericsson LiveView device (which we first covered here), has proved quite a popular device, both in terms of sales, but also in the number of Android applications that have been written (or enhanced) to support it. This is, overall, a good position for the device. However, all is not well, with many users reporting disconnections (and difficulties in re-establishing a connection afterwards). Sony Ericsson have confirmed that they are investigating these issues, and plan to release a firmware update for the hardware at some point during this month (January) which should resolve many of the problems people have been facing.
Sony Ericsson also produced this list of compatible apps that they have noticed in the Android Marketplace, some of which sound very interesting:
- Moon Phase Pro: 3D interactive simulation of the moon.
- LiveView™ HTC Music plug-in: Music plug-in for HTC phones.
- OI Shopping List: Shop easily with your LiveView™.
- FakeCall for LiveView™: Trigger sounds and vibration on your Android phone.
- LiveView™ ContactCall plug-in: Lets you browse contacts and initiate a call.
- LiveView™ for Cycle Hire: Quickly access and safely access docking station statuses for London’s TfL Barclays Cycle Hire scheme.
- LiveView™ Weather plug-in: Show current weather forecast in your location.
- SportyPal: Motivational training tool that gives you a view of your work-out.
- Launcher plug-in: Display your application icons on the LiveView™.
- Smart Training: GPS tracker tool, post your training record.
- Where am I LiveView™ plug-in: Shows a map of your current location.
- LiveView™ PowerAMP: Control any music player.
- Gmail for LiveView™: Gmail notifications plug-in that also lets you read the first part of the e-mail.
- Se-first.com news alert: RSS notifier for Se-first.com
- Calendar plug-in: Gives you an overview of your calendar and you can scroll and dive into a daily agenda.
- Twitter icon plug-in: Shows your Twitter icon or a QR-code so that you can spread your Twitter-url.
- Mode plug-in: Profile manager that lets you switch between silent, vibrate etc.
In fact, I’ve also seen a few early beta versions of other apps that will make it even more appealing, which is good news for the £50 device. First of all, though, we need to see that updated firmware…
Some information taken from Sony Ericsson.