Sony Ericsson has announced a new accessory for Android smartphones. Been dubbed as LiveView, this micro-display works as an add-on to your Android smartphone. It helps you to do smartphone functions without even taking out the phone.
Sony Ericsson LiveView uses Bluetooth connectivity to wirelessly pair up to a compatible handset. The LiveView features a 128×128 pixel, 1.3 inch organic LED (OLED) display with four touch areas. LiveView also has two additional keys for on/off and select.
By default, it can function as a remote control for the music player, display messages and feeds from the phone and social networking services, and also display call information and calendar reminders.
Some the basic functions of LiveView are:
Play, pause, next, previous track and volume adjustment.
Track title display.
Display incoming SMS
Display RSS feeds
Display Facebook updates
Display Twitter updates
Show phone number for incoming calls
Mute ringer for incoming phone calls
To find LiveView enabled applications, Sony Ericsson have developed the LiveWare Manager application. It will scan Android™ Market for LiveView enabled applications and present them to the user. The LiveWare manager will itself be available from Android Market.
SE LiveView will work with most phones running Android 2.0 and above. The current list of supported devices includes Xperia X10 series, HTC Desire, & Samsung Galaxy S. It will be available in selected markets from Q4, 2010.
Surprisingly Xperia X8 does not feature in the list of compatible devices, so it makes it obvious that smartphone is not going to see Andorid 2.1 update anytime soon.