Sony Ericsson has announced a new Bluetooth accessory for Android smartphones called LiveView. To understand what LiveView is, think of it as a small remote display that mirrors the activity of your phone. It connects via Bluetooth with your phone to control it without taking it out of your pocket or bag. This means keeping up to date with Facebook and twitter, reading text messages, controlling music, checking calendar events as well as seeing incoming calls.
LiveView sports a 1.3-inch OLED colour (128×128 pixel) display and micro USB connector. You will be able to clip the display anywhere or use the watch strap to attach it to your wrist. You interact with LiveView via 4 touch sensors at the front edges of the screen as well as two physical buttons (for power and menu selection). Have a look at the video and pictures below to get an idea of how tiny this is (dimensions: 3.5cm x 3.5cm x 1.1cm). SE says that the battery should last for around 4 days.
SE has developed a LiveWare manager application that will scan the Android Market for LiveView enabled apps and flag them to the user. LiveView will only work on handsets running Android 2.0 and above. The launch site lists that LiveView as compatible with the Xperia X10 family of handsets, so we imagine its Q4 launch will coincide with the Android 2.1 firmware release on the Xperia X10. Other listed compatible handsets include the HTC Desire and Samsung Galaxy S, however this is just a partial list and we expect wider Android support on launch.