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Sony Ericsson LiveView extends your phone to a nano-like display

Are you tired of taking your phone out of your pocket just so that you can check up on your Twitter stream or skip to the next music track? Sony Ericsson thinks you are and that’s why they’ve announced the new LiveView gadget. It’s about the size of a watch face and it comes with a wrist strap. You can kind of figure out where they think you should put it, right?

Basically, the Sony Ericsson LiveView is a Bluetooth external cell phone screen that pushes most of the functionality from your phone onto its 1.3-inch OLED display. You can read RSS, check Facebook, and do whatever else without ever taking your phone out of your pocket. If you’re not the wrist watch type, it can also be clipped onto your clothing like the new iPod nano.

For controls, it has a touch-sensitive bezel and physical buttons on the corners. I don’t think it has anything in terms of a microphone or speaker, though, so you don’t quite get the James Bond watchphone experience. Based on how watch phones have been doing these last couple of years, that might be a good thing. I think I’d still rather just use my phone as-is though.

The LiveView should be compatible with smartphones running Android 2.0+, so long as the app you’re using is designed for this interface. You’ll need the Sony Ericsson LiveWare Manager app from Android Market too. Look for it in Q4.

[Live View product page via Wired]

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