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Sony Ericsson LiveView: Mini touchscreen remote for Android phones

Yesterday we saw the SUB, the wrist-mounted water proof Android device which may or may not be real. This morning we’ve seen the decidedly more useful and infinitely more real LiveView from Sony Ericsson; a next-generation Bluetooth remote control for Android phones that has a 1.3-inch OLED touchscreen.

As well as providing traditional remote control functions (music pause/play and skip), you’ll be able to use the LiveView to check for incoming calls, messages, calendar reminders and Twitter/Facebook updates. You can mute the ringer of your phone from the LiveView if it’s in your pocket and you forgot to put it on silent. There’s also a ‘find your phone’ function to help you locate your phone if you’ve misplaced it.

The tiny touchscreen device can be clipped to a bag strap or even worn on the wrist as a watch, which put us in mind of the old Sony Ericsson MBW-150 – an analog watch which also told you when you had a message or an incoming call.

App developers will also be able to make custom wallpapers and apps for the LiveView, allowing you to personalise the background of the 1.3-inch screen. We’d love to see a phone finder app like Lookout working on the LiveView; if you’ve lost or misplaced your phone, being able to track its location on a tiny screen on your wrist would be a real lifeline.

The LiveView is designed primarily to work with Android phones from Sony Ericsson’s Xperia range (X10, X10 Mini, X10 Mini Pro) but we’re told that it will work with ‘most’ Android devices running 2.0 or higher. A full list of compatible devices will be published soon.

The Sony Ericsson LiveView will be available to buy in shops later this year, no word on price just yet.

 

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