Sony Ericsson LiveView is not dead yet

Did you get a Sony LiveView at any point in the last few years? Did you get really cross with it and put it angrily back in the cupboard full of buyers remorse? Well now might be the time to dig it out and have a read of some material over at XDA Developers. XDA Member archivator, XDA Senior Member boombuler and XDA Recognized Developer pedrodh have started to reverse engineer the LiveView and make it a much better device.

The LiveView is a small watch like device that allows you to receive notifications on it. The LiveView originally shipped with a major bluetooth bug that resulted in the device dropping the connection quite a lot. Sony have also announced it’s successor as well the Sony SmartWatch.


Sony Ericsson LiveView is not dead yet

About

This project’s goal is to become a complete open source replacement of the LiveView official application, and even extend its original capabilities at some point.

WHAT WORKS

  • Connecting to the LiveView device via Bluetooth
  • Basic protocol stack: Vibrate, Led, StandBy, Screen Properties, Date and Time, Protocol Version, Firmware Version
  • Basic stacking of commands
  • Send Menu Items to LiveView

WHAT REMAINS TO BE DONE

  • Better connection handling
  • Handle menu input
  • LiveView official plugins support
  • Menu theming support
  • Integration with CyanogenMod ?

I think this is a great move forward for the LiveView and hopefully they can release some decent apps for the LiveView. Phil is getting a LiveView soon, so hopefully he will cover this mod a little more in depth.

Source – XDA Thread

 

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  • I have indeed got a Liveview and would love to be able to start getting some more use out of it so i will be keeping an eye on this with interest 

  • John

    i think this is a good idea the liveview and if Sony put more into it i can see other phone companys doing a device aswell…

  • karhu

    does this work with a windows 8 phone?more specific htc 8 s ?

    • James Pearce

      No it is designed to work with Android phones. It may pair via Bluetooth but that’s about as far as you’d get.