September 28, 2010 | by Lars Aronsson
Sony Ericsson has a new accessory for Android phones in the works called LiveView™. The device is similar in appearance to a digital wrist-watch, and it’s meant to act as a second display for your phone. Besides showing instant notifications for text messages and incoming calls, LiveView™ can display Facebook and Twitter updates, as well as RSS feeds and calendar reminders. The device may also serve as a remote control for your music app, a phone finder and a regular watch.
LiveView™ isn’t just intended for Sony Ericsson devices, since it should be compatible with most Bluetooth enabled phones running Android 2.0 and above. The functionality of the accessory can be extended with various LiveView compatible third-party apps. An application that has already implemented LiveView support is the work-out tool SportyPal.
One battery charge will typically last 4 days according to SE, and the accessory measures 3.5 x 3.5 × 1.1cm. LiveView™ features a 1.3-inch OLED display with a 128×128 resolution and will be available in select markets Q4 2010.
|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||