Sony Ericsson LiveView Remote for Android Smartphones Is Coming
The Sony Ericsson LiveView is a clip-on remote control for smartphones running Android 2.0 and higher. It'll arrive in "select markets" during the fourth quarter.Sony Ericsson wants to streamline your mobile experience, the phone maker explained in a Sept. 28 announcement that introduced LiveView-a tiny remote control for smartphones running Google's Android operating system. The LiveView remote control, which measures 3.5 by 3.5 by 1.1 centimeters and features a 1.3-inch color OLED display, can be clipped to a wristwatch, say, or a cuff. It then connects to a phone through Bluetooth, offering a mirrored experience. With LiveView, a user with his or her phone tucked away in a handbag or back pocket can control the phone's MP3 player, see who's calling, mute the ringer on incoming calls and receive Facebook and Twitter updates, instant messages and RSS feeds. It can also display calendar events-reminding users of events-as well as other phone applications.
A LiveView Manager, according to Sony Ericsson, will soon be available in the Android Market to help users find LiveView-enabled applications. Additionally, the manager will be available preinstalled on some devices or come in bundles, called Experience Packs. One such Pack, the Sony Ericsson Fitness Pack, will be geared toward exercisers and include a SportyPal Pro application and a carrying case for the phone.