Sony Ericsson LiveView gets video unboxing, plus SDK now available

Sony Ericsson LiveViewSony Ericsson’s remote micro-display device, LiveView, should now be available in most regions. JKK from JKKMobile recently took delivery of one and has shot a 14-minute unboxing and first hands-on. He gives a quick tour, showing the USB port under a hidden flap, a red/green LED indicator on the corner as well as showing us how to navigate the UI, done by pressing the edges of the display.

He goes through the features of the LiveView app, which you can do now as it’s downloadable from Android Market and even tests the device when used with the wrist strap. However, he says that it feels pretty cheap and finds the device to be quite chunky. You can check out the full video after the break. In related news, the SDK for the LiveView display is also available. This will allow developers to create plug-ins of existing applications to feed to the micro-display. You can check out a developer tutorial for this below.

Via JKKMobile and SE Developer Blog.

28 responses to “Sony Ericsson LiveView gets video unboxing, plus SDK now available”

  1. 1. Nice way of treating the box. Do you do that with an i(diot)Phone, or the Nano, too?

    2. How clever of one to use a SE product with Motorola…..

    3. It does look cheap.

    4. I was wondering when he was going to discover the clip is removable.

    5. I agree. Velcro simply cannot make something look cheap enough.

  2. LOL @ 1:29… I totally do that when fighting with plastic packaging. Ahahaha.

    @ 5:21 “Do do do do dooooo” ahah this is probably the most entertaining unboxing I’ve ever seen.

    And wow, I was really expecting you to be able to “swipe” across the screen in order to navigate that icon stream; just being able to press the sides seems pretty odd and counter-intuitive.

    It does look cheap on the wrist; is there a way to wear this as a lanyard? That’s probably the only way I would ever wear one… the only reason I could see this being useful is for a music application; instead of digging out my enormous x10 from my pocket, unlocking the screen, and going into the music app every time I wanted to switch songs, I could just use that handy little thing.

    @12:58 no offense to anyone with an x10 mini (my bf has one) but this seems like it has the exact same screen materials and resolution–pretty pixely and not necessarily the best when compared to something like an x10.

    All in all this seems like a nifty little gadget but I don’t see it selling particularly well. Although I have no doubt that some devs will come up with some pretty cool shit for this soon enough. That would make it a lot more appealing =D Good luck with that one SE!

  3. Can you edit this post with all online shops you know who sell Liveview now?
    Except of expansys i cant find any?

  4. Live View? Maybe they should call it Fail View?
    Not very useful really except for music and those people who just have to see who is contacting them while they are busy in a meeting, meal, sex etc. Should be a $20 gadget.

    X10 Skinned & Swype running branded 2.1

  5. @ Mohamed mohie, SE had announced a few days ago that they re not lookin to release a windows 7 phone any soon… Maybe a year later…

  6. wow i would buy this … if it wouldnt look so ugly cheap.
    is the display turned off after 10 seconds? is it water resistant? will this little plastic thing really hold it? how long lasts the battery with display turned on?

    but nice to know i have to wait for the 2nd or 3rd generation.

  7. Just wondering is LiveView able to display other language rather than English?

    Somethings like Chiense, Japanese or Thai?


  8. @dave
    Read further down the article. The profile is unverified…may be fake…

    I don’t want it to be fake, but I’m not gonna get my hopes up.

  9. @dave

    he wouldnt tweet using blackberry if he had something to do with sony ericsson. Obvs fake i think.

  10. I love this product. The unboxing was hilarious!! :)) I can see myself having this when I go Mountain Biking and maybe even at the gym. But again, how do you expect to achieve sales goals globally if ALL X10’s are not updated to 2.1?! Seriously!! I don’t think it matters if you have a branded/unbranded phone to literally get a universal update and just change the language. I’m not a computer geek but I think that’s simp[le enough to handle, right?! Hope some developers jump on this to show some strong market movement…. C’mon Endomondo!!

  11. I was looking forward to this, but after seeing numerous videos on YT and this unboxing, it just lost appeal.

    SE do this for Live View part 2. Make is out of aluminum and thinner, preferably different color options (don’t copy nano though). Have your developers work on crazy UI, Apps for it since they are sitting around not working on Froyo updates for Xperia X10 lines.

    It’ll gain you respect by 7% again in the industry…

    Just saying 😉

  12. £60 for a watch that does plenty of other stuff too doesn’t seem to be too unreasonable to me. It could probably do with the strap being a bit more stylish, and be at least half as thick as it is tho.

    Maybe if this sort of thing catches on with devs and is supported, and Sony make a slimmer and prettier version, then it could be a good little watch/phone accessory.

  13. if the the strap bugs you, you can always use another watch strap. You aren’t tied into just this one. My issues are that it will not work in mediascape, polls its own data so your dinged twice for data, seems to have Bluetooth issues in both range and staying connected. If the app is killed it requires a battery pull, most messages don’t work and clog up the memory when they do. I honestly believe this was not an android device or not made alongside the x10 and had it shoehorned onto it. Read the engadget review some if these basics cannot be fixed via firmware. I really would like to get this device, but its tested so poorly, I might wait till 2.0 or if xda can whip something up. Then again if I get it for say 60 bucks I could deal with it. Its cold in Canada and if I can switch tracks without reaching into my pocket im sold.

  14. oh btw the reason u don’t think it was thought of for android is it works most on its own base set alongside android, rather then using what’s already baked into android and using that. Again much like the issues with the x10 Sony chose to use its own unique code-set and work beside android rather then use what they are given and enhance that set-up.

  15. Seeing as this liveview might not work to well, anybody know if the older models the mbw-150/200 are good products?