Nov 02 AT 4:59 PM Taylor Wimberly 31 Comments

Let’s all buy Sony Ericsson’s LiveView smartwatch, so they make a better one next year

Have you ever wanted an Android-powered smartwatch? Sony Ericsson’s LiveView is the Android smartwatch that nerds have been waiting for, maybe. The Bluetooth accessory connects to your Android 2.x device and provides a mini stream of data to your wrist (or wherever you clip it) so you no longer have to pull your phone out of your pocket to check Tweets and Facebook updates.

The LiveView features a micro 1.3 inch OLED display (128 x128 pixel grid), charges via USB and should last up to 4 days, offers 4-way touch navigation, and measures in at 35 mm x 35 m x 11 mm. That’s thicker than some new smartphones like the Galaxy S and might be a little bulky on your wrist, but I guess that’s the price you pay for being an early adopter.

Sony Ericsson’s LiveView was designed to work their phones, but it is also compatible with other models from HTC, Motorola, and Samsung.

No official pricing has been announced, but the LiveView is expected to debut around 59 euros (~$82) when it goes on sale later this year.

As soon as we receive an official shipping date, we will be sure to let you know. Right now it appears Sony is still distributing their LiveView SDK so that developer have a chance to get their apps working with the micro UI.

Does the LiveView look like a product you would actually buy and wear? The first version might not be that sleek, but maybe if we all support it then Sony Ericsson (or someone else) will recognize the demand and come out with a sexy Android watch next Christmas.

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Highlights of the Sony Ericsson LiveView include:

  • Micro display device that mirrors the phone
  • Tunes on the go – control music
  • Don’t miss out – Get instant notification and readtexts, Tweets and Facebook updates
  • Incoming calls – see who is calling
  • Make it mine – open platform for developers to add to the large collection of applications for a unique experience
Show Press Release

Your window to your world with Sony Ericsson LiveView(TM)

Sweden, Sep 28, 2010 (Thomson Reuters ONE via COMTEX) — – Sony Ericsson LiveView(TM) micro display with remote control functionality mirrors the activities of your mobile phone

London, September 28th 2010 – Today sees the announcement of the Sony Ericsson LiveView(TM). This innovative accessory is another step in Sony Ericsson’s commitment to help consumers get the very best mobile phone experience through the open Android platform. The Sony Ericsson LiveView(TM) is part of the Sony Ericsson Extras portfolio – a division which offers a total product experience and enhanced mobile possibilities.

The Sony Ericsson LiveView(TM) uses Bluetooth(TM) connectivity to wirelessly pair up to a compatible handset and allows consumers to control the phone without taking it out of their pocket or handbag. Read text messages, see incoming calls and keep up to date with the latest news on Facebook(TM) and Twitter(TM).

The Sony Ericsson LiveView(TM) allows the user to control the Sony Ericsson music features of the handset from the micro display, selecting tracks and controlling volume. The product also serves as a calendar reminder, displaying calendar events and other phone applications.

Whether on the go, in a meeting or out for dinner, the convenient Sony Ericsson LiveView(TM) can be clipped anywhere. Attached in a watch strap, on a keychain or clipped to a laptop, the micro display allows the user to incorporate the product into their lifestyle and always stay connected.

Mikael Henriksson, Head of creation and offering planning at Sony Ericsson Extras, said: “It is our ambition to be THE Communication Entertainment brand and this includes being the most open mobile phone brand on the market. We believe in openness and offering consumers a wide range of applications to choose from. We will continue to develop accessories to ensure we play a major and groundbreaking role in the market and design innovative and exciting accessories for all platforms, including Android.”

Mikael Henriksson continued: “The Sony Ericsson LiveView(TM) is the first Sony Ericsson accessory to be compatible with the open Android(TM) platform which gives developers an opportunity to be creative and develop the next must-have innovative application.”

Your window to your world with Sony Ericsson LiveView(TM)

- Micro display device that mirrors the phone

- Tunes on the go – control music

- Don’t miss out – Get instant notification and readtexts, Tweets and Facebook(TM) updates

- Incoming calls – see who is calling

- Make it mine – open platform for developers to add to the large collection of applications for a unique experience

To find Sony Ericsson LiveView(TM) enabled applications, Sony Ericsson has developed the Sony Ericsson LiveWare(TM) Manager application. It will scan Android(TM) Market for Sony Ericsson LiveView(TM) enabled applications and present them to the user. The Sony Ericsson LiveWare(TM) manager will be available from Android(TM) Market, or come preinstalled in phone bundles.

The Sony Ericsson LiveView(TM) will be available in stores from Q4, 2010.

The Sony Ericsson LiveView(TM) is also available in one of the Sony Ericsson Experience Packs. An ‘Experience Pack’ is a package of several related components that together create a great user experience in a certain area. The packages include mobile phone applications, accessories, services and much more. The “Sony Ericsson Fitness Pack” is aimed at sports and fitness enthusiasts. It contains a sport application for the Sony Ericsson LiveView(TM) – The SportyPal(TM) Pro – and a carrying case for your mobile phone – ideal for exercising.

The first ‘Sony Ericsson Experience Pack” will be available in selected markets in Q4.

To see more about Sony Ericsson Extras visit: www.sonyericsson.com/LiveView

Via: Sony Ericsson Developer

Source: Sony Ericsson

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