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:

Via: Sony Ericsson Developer

Source: Sony Ericsson

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  • Healthy

    I’ve been wishing for something like this for years. even before android (but i really didn’t see how it would be done back then)

    it always bothered me that if you had a bluetooth headset you couldn’t see who was calling without opening. or that if your phone vibrated in your pocket you couldn’t tell if it was a text/email/call from a significant other.

    i always wanted a bluetooth watch that you can initiate/answer calls from (still using a normal headset). that would mean that you can easily go and buy the biggest screen phone with best battery life (and w/ keyboard) and simply keep it in your backpack.

    i mean who hates hearing their phone ringing and then doing the quick scramble to find you phone in your coat just to see that it isn’t a call you want to answer.

    • http://Website Young

      Nokia had a similar device some 5 years ago. It was bluetooth, had a square design with a screen, couple of buttons, and a headset plug. It could display the time, caller id, text message, etc., pairing with your phone. Google Nokia hs-13w.

  • http://Website MC

    Stopped wearing a wristwatch YEARS ago! Won’t be doing it again for a chunk like this!

  • http://Website Ed

    Would definitely want to buy this if it wasn’t so damn thick!

  • http://Website zed

    my concern is battery – not for the “watch” but for my phone. doesn’t make it through a day and now I need to turn BT on? nope..

    i really like the concept though

    • http://Website Brad Pitcher

      Remember though, you will be glancing at the watch for all your updates rather than pulling out your phone and turning on the power hungry screen all the time. That should offset the amount of power consumed by BT, in fact you may even save battery.

  • http://Website ncb1397

    Needs to be E-ink so the battery can be smaller, the device can be smaller, and have longer charge. Color isn’t as big of a deal as battery life and thickness.

  • http://Website Hans

    Concept is great. I personally won’t buy it since the first versions usually have the most bugs and aren’t the most aesthetically pleasing. Perhaps in its second or third version, I’ll consider it.

  • http://Website Rick

    I was thinking of a device like this for a car. So you can control phone and use phone nav on the car’s screen.

    • SGB101

      there are examples of this rick see the Parrott MKi9200. i have the Parrott CK3100, a much more basic but very handy davice.

      i know the MKi9200 make a big fuss of being iphone conpatable but is also conpatable vith mast including our beloved Android.

      ive been using my Parrott with my G1, Desire and now Desire HD.

      and i dont work for Parrott :-)

  • http://Website R.S.

    I could see myself using something like this. I don’t know if I’d pay $82 for it. If it is released at that price, I’ll wait for it to go on sale. lol

    As someone who doesn’t like armbands, I keep my phone in my pocket when I exercise while using BT headphones. This obviously means having to take it out when I receive a phone call, a text or when wanting to change stations. Now granted, that isn’t a tedious task, not having to do so would be cool. If this device allowed me to do all this, I could get used to wearing a watch again after all these years.

    Something like this could come in handy while In the car as well. When I use navigation, I don’t need a large screen showing me where to go. More often than not, I will check out the map on the screen before leaving, then I simply follow the voice directions. With this device, I could keep my phone charging in the center arm console (I don’t like wires running all over my car) while keeping this clipped to the seatbelt like shown or finding some way to clip the device to the air vent or dash.

  • http://Website Rolex

    This is Sony were talking about, miniaturising is their forte. I’m sure its already miniaturised when you look at its hardware. The author is correct, supporting this device will show there is a market for the product, which would give the development team a bigger budget, which would give us a future incarnation that pleases all of our expectations. This product has alot of scope for evolution, just as the ipod did.

  • Canterrain

    The problem for me is pricing, and that’s not one I can see being easily solved.

    At the end of the day I have limited funds. And I must choose what to buy with 82 dollars.

    What else can I buy with 82 dollars?

    Inexpensive (perhaps clearance) cameras.
    A new wardrobe (if I shop thrifty in some cases)
    An mp3 player.
    A new phone on contract.
    A harddrive for my computer.
    1.5 ps3/xbox360 games.

    I can think of quite a few things I’d want MORE at that same price or slightly less. Because at the end of this day this is a neato idea that solves a minor nuisance.

    Really. I’d be playing approx. $80 to be slightly more lazy. And not even THAT much. (I realize the pricing could be less, but hey it could be more).

    If this goes down to… say… $50, it might be worth it. But for more, I’m not sure it is.

    • daveloft

      Enjoy that 0.5 game

      • Taylor Wimberly

        How you liking those new Open Feint games Mr. Loft?

      • Canterrain

        I’ll call that a downloaded game from the respective gaming companies’ market places.

        I guess I wasn’t really specific enough on one point. I understand WHY it would be 82 dollars (lcd touchscreen, bluetooth, UI skin programing, research, etc.) which is what I was getting at with the comment about it being a problem easily solved.

        But it still presents itself as a term of value problem. Is the product offered worth the cost in comparison to other things I might l like to have at similar cost? Sadly… I’m not seeing it as being so at the current rumored cost.

  • Gunnar Lium

    I like the concept, and would love it if paired up with for example Endomondo or some other running software to easily provide vital statistics like heartrate and speed/distance. Add some simple audio playback controls, and I’d be happy.

    My concern is whether the apps I want to be supporting this device actually will.

    Design and price will certainly improve, and I would like this to become a fully supported part of the android experience.

  • SGB101

    Q is looking younger, hay James :-0

  • http://Website Greg

    I’m sorry, but no matter how cool this is, I will never wear it.
    Getting laid > Cool watch

    • Clark Wimberly

      If you’re hanging around ladies who pick their sexual partners based on watches it might be time to reevaluate your choices.

    • dan

      ur not kidding anyone, from ur comment ur not getting laid anyway so at least get a cool watch mate haha

  • http://[email protected] Alpha

    I would buy/wear one – pretty neat concept.

  • http://Website Lactose The Intolerant

    Based on “Amy’s” update in the lead in picture… breaking into Amy’s house in 3 days while she’s in Jamaica!

  • http://Website JW525

    Good idea, bad design. I hate to say it but, that is precisely what I like about apple. Their designs, except for antenna gate, are always a touch above everybody else. But I refuse to buy anything besides their iPod Touch.

    It reminds me of American auto manufactures. And I’m an American. But when they seldomly get a decent exterior car design, they screw up the vehicle with awful interior design and quality…

  • http://Website Eugenio

    mmm gonna buy it :) i had the impression that was going to be exclusive for sony ericsson phones, since it is not, i will surely buy it, i love the idea of not having to access my phone for everything

  • http://Website MickeyB

    Love the concept – I’d easily spend $82 for a watch so no issue with price. Still think it looks a tad big but happy to give it a go.

    What I’d really be keen to know however, is if your phone needs to be exclusively paired with it – i.e. do I have to unpair when I get into my car for hands free or want to use bluetooth headphones to listen to music?

    If so, or if it interferes with the operation/quality of either of the above, then it’s a thumbs down.

  • http://Website Chris

    What about if Sony Ericsson bundled the LiveView with every Xperia X10, or the upcoming X12? They’ve bundled really nice headphones with their handsets for years, so why not this little device? Would that change your mind about it?

  • http://Website Chris

    …or would it make you consider the X10 as a worthy Android phone? It certainly would be a major differentiator.

  • http://Website terionus

    Would not look or feel as bulky if it had a suitably sized wrist band rather than the thin strip it’s pictured with. Many conventional watches are just as thick if not thicker. Personally I would prefer that it had a few moor physical buttons for those commonly used functions such a skip, back, play/pause, stop.

  • Fabio R

    Who is happy with his watch?

  • donger

    pretty interesting.