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Sony Ericsson Announces LiveView, An Android Smartphone Remote Control

Douglas Carter
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Sony Ericsson unveiled a new Bluetooth accessory to Android 2.x powered phones today called LiveView, a remote control display for your Android device with a 1.3" 128 x 128 OLED display which, according to Engadget, can allow users "to read messages, find your phone, control music playback, and receive those precious social networking updates from your friends."

EuroDroid mentions that the LiveView features two real buttons and is "capable of acting as a simple RSS reader, calendar and incoming call screener, connecting to your phone via Bluetooth."

Androinica writes that a full "battery charge will typically last 4 days according to SE, and the accessory measures 3.5 x 3.5 × 1.1cm."

Engadget is quick to note the ridiculousness of SE unveiling an accessory for Android 2.x phones, while all of their Android phones remain at Android 1.6. Fortunately for SE, they plan on releasing the Android 2.1 update before the LiveView goes on sale sometime in Q4.

Check out the short video explanation of the LiveView below:

Head on over to the official page from Sony Ericsson to find out more about the LiveView.

Two more images of the accessory in action, kind of:

Now comes the real question: can anyone actually see themselves buying and using the LiveView, or is it just another gimmick? Let us know in the comments.

Other Sources: Androinica, Engadget, EuroDroid

Images from EuroDroid

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