By Andrew Liszewski
A lot of people are predicting that tablets are the next battleground in the tech world, but it seems that another war is brewing over what consumers strap to their wrists. Now it’s easy to point at Sony Ericsson and shout “j’accuse!” that their new LiveView is nothing more than a copy of Apple’s latest gen Nano, but given how close the two were announced it’s obvious that Sony Ericsson has had this in development for a while.
And instead of serving as a standalone MP3 player, the LiveView is designed as a sort of Bluetooth micro remote for Android 2.x devices, allowing users to answer or make calls, view Facebook or Twitter updates, receiver calendar notifications, monitor RSS feeds and even control their music. It’s got a 1.3-inch OLED display but unlike the Nano’s it’s not touch-friendly. Instead it looks like the screen itself serves as a 4-way controller, requiring users to click the edges to navigate the UI, in conjunction with a set of buttons located on top. There’s no word on pricing at the moment, but the LiveView is supposed to be available sometime before the year is out.