Sony Ericsson Liveview watch micro display for Android Devices 2.1 and Up
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- Social Network Controls FaceBook Updates Twitter Updates
- Call ControlS Incoming Calls (inc CallerID) Ringer Mute
- Music Control Play/Pause Next/Previous Track Volume Track Name
- Compatibility Android 2.1 and higher Android Market Place Access
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Micro-Display: Take control of your phone without ever taking it out. With LiveView™. It's wearable and wireless. And you can customise it with applications. Discover your new best buddy - LiveView. Don't miss out! Tony tattled on Twitter. John texted you the address to tonight's party. Sarah updated her Facebook status. Get instant notifications. And stay updated 24/7. Live your music. Wanna rock? Tap play and start headbanging. Feel like escaping to the Caribbean? Skip tracks and chill out with some reggae. Go ahead. And control your music with LiveView Wireless micro display. You choose: Download any compatible application you want from Android Market and customise your LiveView to make it exclusively yours.
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It's seems that Sony's Blog and 3rd party sites will mention a downloadable firmware update located at Sonyericsson.com, a website that seems to have been retired by Sony. I could find LiveView page at Sony support, but I could not find the link to download the firmware. Maybe I overlooked the link, but I just could not find on Sony's website. After about 30 minutes of Googling, I found a Android Forum that posted the files. Sorry, I did not think to save the URL so I can't post it here. If you need the firmware update, let me know and I can post it up somewhere for you to download.
For the 48 Hours I have had this product, it was connected to my phone via Bluetooth 99% of the time. The other times it drop the connection is because I had wandered off more than 15ft away from my phone. When I got close to my phone, it would automatically pair up within 5 seconds.
I noticed that when the device is polling, receiving data, to attempting to reconnect to the phone, it freezes up for about 5 seconds before it becomes responsive again.
I really bought this to be uased as a watch. With this new update, it seems that it can and will keep time and date even when it losses connection to the phone. I'm not sure how long it can keep time with the phone since I am still assumes that Liveview is leeching time/date info frmo the phone.
The watch strap is a cheapy looking velcro band. Aseemblying the watch is rather simple if you have change watch straps before. It should be rather challenging for those of you who has never done so. I have manage to assemble the watch band to the plastic housing under a minute.
Initially, the liveview would pop out of the plastic housing securing to the wrist bandand send it sliding on the floor. I'mam very lucky that I have to scratch marks on the face of if it. So I attached a very tiny piece of scotch tape to hold in place. Since the, the liveview device has not pop off once. Unfortunately, when it was time to recharge the device, the watch band blocks the USB port. So I removed the piece of tape, and attempted to remove the device. Now the darn thing refuses to pop out!I tried to use a flat head precision screwdrive to pop it out, and instead created tiny scratch marks on both the liveview device and the plastic housing that secures the liveview to the wrist band. I ended up just removeing the metal rod that secure the band to the housing so that I could plug in my charger.
I got a European style charger with my device. The merchant who sold it to me was nice enough scotch tape a US adapter to the box for no additional charge. I'm glad there are merchants/retailers out their that still values customer service! The device can also be charged using a standard USB cable plugged into a computer, or a battery. (I believe it's a Mini USB type 2, the same type Samasung and LG uses to charge their phones.) I just used my Logitech G930 usb headphone charging cable to charge mines.
I can't seem to fine much use plug-ins on google play. (Maybe I should check Amazon!)
The Gmail plug-in works rather nicely with this watch though.
Compared to my other two watches, this is significantly larger that my Omega watch, and just alittle bigger than my Breitling watch. It is lighter that both of my watches, which makes it very comfortable to wear. I have not encouter and heating issues when I wear it.
It gets 4 stars from me. It lost one because the wrist strap blocks the charging port, which is a big deal to me.
I'll try to post additional review for this product if I have the time, and if I remember to.
*Note - Mobile user's I've added to my reviews using replies. If you can't read the 8+ comments/replies added to my review, then I you'll have to read it from a Computer, not a mobile device.
That issue aside, IT DOES WORK AS ADVERTISED and not wanting to spend over $100 to try out the technology it was a reasonable cost <$30 w/shipping. I see a lot of potential and for someone just learning ANDROID programming I wonder if there is and SDK for the Liveview?
I had ZERO issues with losing the Bluetooth connection and it had a decent range for connectivity. I have an LG smartphone model LG-MS770 4G LTE Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich and while I could not find any indication that it was on an approved list it's given me no problems.
I did install some of the suggested tools that were recommended, all items seemed to launch fine, I'm using the GMAIL app to read messages on my Liveview as they come in and are displayed. What I don't like is if the mail app is not the primary open app it's messages not updated, you have to select the app to go in and check mail and get updates.
So it's still a check and see operation, but can be just one button tap away (the touch zones take some getting used to but you learn), not too big an issue if the phone is set to chime or vibrate then you have a reason to tap and look at the display, hey that works...
If you like to experiment, YES try it. If you expect it to do EVERYTHING for you then you are likely to have issues with other tech products as well. It's a niche product and an aquired taste.