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Sony Ericsson Introduces Liveview Remote for Android

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Sony Ericsson Introduces Liveview Remote for Android

Sony Ericsson has introduced a small device for Android phones that enables users to remotely change music tracks or view Twitter and Facebook updates.

With a supplied clip and wrist band, the Liveview can be worn on the wrists like a watch, and thus save you the trouble of having to reach all the way into your pocket and take out your phone.

The Liveview connects via Bluetooth, measures 35 x 35 x 11 millimetres and features a 1.3in display, with two physical buttons and four on screen soft keys. It can display your incoming SMS messages, Facebook and Twitter updates, RSS feeds, CallerID for incoming calls, and remarkably, the time.

Liveview will work with any Android smarphone running version 2.0 or higher, which ironically leaves Sony Ericsson’s Xperia X10 and Xperia X10 mini out of the picture as they are still stuck on Android 1.6. However, a 2.1 update for these phones is due at the end of the October, so our mirth over this will be shortlived – and they are listed as compatible on the Sony Ericsson web site.

We can envision some situations where the Liveview would be useful – such as keeping you alerted when you’ve left your phone in your bag or all the way on the table in the other side of the room – but until we try it, it sounds a little on the gimmicky side. We’re put in mind of the late, great, Douglas Adams, who famously observed that the human race is “so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea”. We have nothing more to add.

Brian Carter

September 28, 2010, 6:52 pm

The face of it is just a little too big for a watch, and it's way too thick, but this is progress. I've been wanting a bluetooth watch that can sync with my phone via bluetooth for several years. Unfortunately I have an iphone so that's my bad luck/stupid fault.





Other uses are having it on your desk so you can quickly glance to see if you've missed a call etc. I think this or similar devices will sell well, but it'll need to be under £50 IMO.

CodeMonkey

September 28, 2010, 7:09 pm

I'd consider one of these to pair with my Nexus One if the price is right - it would need to be around the £50 or less mark though..

Zero

September 28, 2010, 7:33 pm

The product is good. However that would be if this thing came out a few years back, now its just another thing to carry needlessly. If it cost more than £30 then I won't buy one as I could buy a new phone for £30 :D

Chris

September 28, 2010, 7:37 pm

Great idea. Pity it makes you look like a berk.





Put this functionality in a regular looking watch and I'd buy one. Think Minority Report.





And no, the MBW-150 isn't quite there...

eyewonder

September 28, 2010, 8:08 pm

I think this is a cracking idea. Most useful applications will be for use in the gym and for checking quick text messages whilst in the office / call centres (where some people are not allowed phones out or on display), in the cinema, hospitals and other places where a phone in view is frowned upon.





I would also say whilst driving but we all know that is ilegal!





My only concern is, for listening to music especially, that you wont be able to pair more than one Bluetooth device to the phone. I have an HTC Desire and would love to use this along with my Bluetooth headphones. Does anyone know whether the Desire supports multi-device connections over Bluetooth??

Simon

September 28, 2010, 8:44 pm

What's the battery life going to be like if you need Bluetooth on all day?

timple

September 28, 2010, 9:47 pm

It seems like a great idea if it has got Bluetooth headphone capability and you could plug standard 3.5mm headphones into it - perhaps I missed that in the report?





I currently use a Motorola rokr bluetooth remote when biking connected to my phone in my backpack - but it has no display and sometimes it would be useful to see who is calling or what track is being played. Its my number 1 wish list for the next Sansa Clip - add bluetooth headset capability.

Hamish Campbell

September 29, 2010, 12:22 pm

Why can't you take calls with it, as a speaker phone? Or did I miss something?





Extra useful on those days when you where your cargo pants and have the phone in some thigh pocket.

itsallgonepearshaped

September 29, 2010, 1:13 pm

As my iPhone spends less and less time these days acting like a phone, I think something like this is a great idea. May be a bit bulky / difficult to use, however something where I can access my texts / emails / facebook updates without the hassle of getting the phone out of the bag / pocket etc... bit geeky I know, but the way of the future...

HarryGlass

September 29, 2010, 1:51 pm

@timple & @haim, from what I can tell from the video this isn't replacing your phone so you won't be plugging headphones into it or using it for calls. But if you have bluetooth headphones connected to your phones then you can control tracks/calls from it. Jogging, cycling, working at the gym then I can see this being very useful if you have the watch attachment.





It sounded really stupid when I first look at the article, then I watched the video and I changed my mind. It's not like it's a hassle to take your phone out, but if you can see/read/control texts, calls, emails, music player, etc from a small screen that also acts as a watch then it does make life much easier. Dump the phone in your bag and forget about it. Makes you just want to have a watch phone and be done with it mind you.

Hamish Campbell

September 30, 2010, 1:36 pm

Watch phone could be good, but oh, sweet brain implant, when will you mesh with my feeble mind?

onlyone

October 3, 2010, 3:51 pm

Humm, I think folks are missing the point. This product isn't designed for phone use. Consider for a moment the Samsung galaxy tablet, or a yet to be announced Sony tablet... this can be always on and always connected via 3G but it's not always convenient to put a 10" tab to your ear.





So this solves the problem, link the tablet to a headset and this device and you have what might be called the next generation smart phone. As let's face it it's not really all that easy to do all the stuff we have been doing until now on the current smart phones, and tablets will make this much easier.





I would still consider it better if you could stream music to it, it had a headphone jack and incorporated a mic.

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