Sony Ericsson LiveView: a Bluetooth PDA for Android Phones

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Sony Ericsson has announced a small Bluetooth peripheral, called LiveView, designed to act as an interactive remote control for Android 2.x devices: a PDA for your smartphone, if you will. Featuring a 1.3-inch, 128 x 128 OLED display, LiveView behaves very much like those Bluetooth watches that have become all the rage (many of which also happen to be sold by Sony Ericsson), in that it allows you to read incoming texts and caller ID, control various music functionality over AVRCP, and view an endless stream of notifications, from missed calls to appointment reminders to Facebook and Twitter updates.

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Of course this would not be a 2010 gadget without its very own SDK, and sure enough the platform allows developers to distribute their own LiveView apps through the Android Marketplace; users can search the Marketplace for compatible software using the Sony Ericsson LiveWare Manager application.

LiveView will go on sale in the fourth quarter either by itself or bundled into one of several “Sony Ericsson Experience Packs,” which feature additional accessories like armbands, watch docks, and other unnamed add-ons.

(via: Sony Ericsson)

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