Last month we had a look at Sony Ericsson’s watch-cum-phone accessory ‘Live View’ and although we had some initial reservations we found it was quite a fun device to use and that it could be even better if it wasn’t held back by a few simple flaws; however just as was promised in our Sony Ericsson Live View Review, they’ve now brought out an update which hopes to eradicate the worst of these and make the product even more attractive.
For those of you that already own one you can wander over to www.sonyericsson.com/support to get hold of the update, but for everyone there are a few additions to the Live View that are worth pointing out as they will probably make the device itself a lot more appealing (and a lot less frustrating!).
Software Update Features
Quite a few of the Live View update features revolve around stability, the first of these being the stability of the phone application itself, which although didn’t seem to effect us in our tests, is always nice to have. The second, which aims to solve a problem we did notice, is the stability of the connection which according to Sony Ericsson should be a lot better as “most identified reasons for random disconnects should be fixed now”.
One of the major problems that we did experience was the issues that the device had when attempting to connect with the mobile phone after having gone out of range, but that too has been improved with the update and whilst no-one will go as far as to say that it’s perfect it certainly removes one of the biggest annoyances with the Live View product.
The final two major additions in the update are in fact ones that we didn’t even think of (quite possibly because they weren’t especially important at the time) but ones that nonetheless increase the appeal of the device – if nothing else purely because more people will be able to use it as the compatibility with phones from other manufacturers has been improved, principally with stability (again!) and battery life. Users of other mobile phones will still experience some problems with stability and re-connection issues, but according to Sony Ericsson’s labs they are limited to specific phones running Android 2.2 (Froyo) and can be easily fixed with a reboot.
As well as that the limit to the number of plug-ins that you can have at one time has been raised to 30, a move probably prompted by the rapid increase in the number that are available on the Android Market which has seen some fairly innovative additions: my favourites are definitely the ContactCall plug-in which allows you to (as you can probably guess) call people on your contact list (something that arguably the device should come with as it’s that useful), and Remote Camera which does exactly what it says on the tin.
This is far from a fix-all solution but it does go quite a long way there; however whilst these updates do make the Sony Ericsson Live View, much more appealing is going to be the App Market that could really make the Live View a hit, so we will have to wait and see just how much that will expand and what innovative apps appear and how popular they become!