Adapt your apps for the new LiveSound™ hi-fi headset and the LiveDock™ multimedia station

Today Sony Ericsson is announcing two new smart accessories: the LiveSound™ hi-fi headset and the LiveDock™ multimedia station. These phone accessories are designed to extend and enhance your phone experience in new innovative ways. The LiveSound™ hi-fi headset is also the first headset to support the new LiveKey™ feature, which is a button on the headset to get direct access to phone functions or applications.

For example, you can set it to start recording a voice message as a note, while listening to radio in the headset you can set the LiveKey™ button to identify the song you are listening by using the TrackID application or it can start and stop your fitness application while out exercising. The possibilities are endless! As a developer, you are able to configure your application to make use of the LiveKey™ feature on the LiveSound™ hi-fi headset, as we are releasing code examples and documentation to guide you in this.

The LiveDock™ multimedia station is a smart, new docking station for your phone, which will launch any application you have set in the LiveWare™ manager application. Maybe you want to launch the music player when you dock in the kitchen, or the alarm clock when you dock in the bedroom? LiveDock™ multimedia station is also the first accessory to support ConnectLaunch. This is a new feature in LiveWare™ manager that notifies a preselected Android™ application when an accessory is connected to or detached from a device. Developers will have the ability to configure apps to work with ConnectLaunch, and therefore the LiveDock™ multimedia station. We will also release code examples and documentation for this.

 

LiveSound™ hi-fi headset and Xperia™ ray.

Introducing LiveSound™ hi-fi headset
The Sony Ericsson LiveSound™ hi-fi headset delivers premium sound, premium design and a smart remote control. Constructed from solid metal housing, it features minute 6mm driver units with powerful neodymium magnets, flat tangle free cables, and an intelligent, full remote with mic. The LiveSound™ hi-fi headset is designed with meticulous precision to captivate your eyes and ears, making it THE Android™ headphones for your Sony Ericsson smartphone.

Adapt your apps for LiveKey™
Along with the LiveSound™ hi-fi headset, we are also releasing the LiveKey™ concept. LiveKey™ is a new feature that extends the capabilities of Android™ phones connected to a LiveKey™ headset and running the latest version of the LiveWare™ manager. When a user presses the LiveKey™ button, it communicates with the LiveKey™ framework. The framework then invokes a LiveKey™ Handler to handle the button press. A LiveKey™ Handler is any application that is developed or adapted to handle LiveKey™ events.

As a developer, you have extensive freedom in how your LiveKey™ Handler interprets and handles LiveKey™ events. As inspiration and examples, when a user presses a LiveKey™ button, a LiveKey™ Handler could perform actions such as these:

  • Read an SMS message in the headphone’s ear speaker.
  • Toggle for media playback effects, such as bass boost.
  • Read the current time in the headphone’s ear speaker.
  • Start the user’s favourite application.
  • Send an SMS message as a reply to a incoming phone call.
  • Trigger a remote camera.
  • Start a recorder or similar sound-recording device.

The code example for LiveKey™ consists of two projects, one that creates sample LiveKey™ Handlers, and the other that creates various tests of the sample LiveKey™ Handlers. You can download these projects into Eclipse or any other build environment and use them as reference resources. Download the LiveKey™ Handler code example and documentation to learn more.

LiveSound™ and LiveKey™ compatibility
The LiveKey™ feature itself is developed for Android™ phones connected to a LiveKey™ headset and running the latest version of the LiveWare™ manager available on Android™ Market. LiveKey™ is an important element featured in the LiveSound™ hi-fi headset for SonyEricsson phones.

The LiveSound™ hi-fi headset will be fully supported by Xperia™ ray, Xperia™ active, Xperia™ pro, Xperia™ mini and Xperia™ mini pro from launch. Other 2011 Sony Ericsson Xperia™ phones will support LiveSound™ through software updates later this year. Visit www.sonyericsson.com/LiveSound to find out if your phone works with the LiveSound™ hi-fi headset.

LiveDock™ multimedia station and Xperia™ arc.

Introducing the LiveDock™ multimedia station
The Sony Ericsson LiveDock™ multimedia station is an elegant Android dock for smartphones that launches apps. For example, you can get news updates in your kitchen, enjoy your mobile music in your living room, or use LiveDock™ as an alarm clock. Just choose the app you want LiveWare™ manager to launch when you dock your Android phone.

LiveDock™ will also have the possibility to be connected to a USB device such as keyboard, mouse and gamepad if the phone has support for USB OTG. Visit www.sonyericsson.com/LiveDock for detailed information about compatibility.

Adapt your apps for ConnectLaunch
As the LiveDock™ multimedia station is announced, we also introduce the ConnectLaunch concept. ConnectLaunch is a new feature in LiveWare™ manager that notifies a preselected Android™ application when an accessory is connected to or detached from a device.

The notification can be used to launch or stop the application associated with the accessory. For example, ConnectLaunch can be used to start a media player when a pair of Bluetooth™ headphones is wirelessly connected to a device, or to start a clock when a charger is connected to a device through a USB port.

The code example for ConnectLaunch also consists of two projects – one that creates a sample ConnectLaunch Handler, and the other that tests the sample ConnectLaunch Handler. You can download these projects into Eclipse or any other build environment and use them as reference resources. Download the ConnectLaunch Handler code example and documentation to learn more.

LiveDock™ and ConnectLaunch compatibility
The LiveDock™ will work with Android™ phones running the latest version of the LiveWare™ manager, available on Android™ Market. The LiveDock™multimedia station with ConnectLaunch feature will be fully supported in Xperia™ ray, Xperia™ active, Xperia™ pro, Xperia™ mini and Xperia™ mini pro from launch.

Other 2011 Sony Ericsson Xperia™ phones, including Xperia™ neo and Xperia™ arc, will support LiveDock™ through software updates later this year. Visit www.sonyericsson.com/LiveDock for detailed information about compatibility and USB OTG support (phone software dependent).

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  1. By Muhammad Arsalan Haq

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    I want to use this Live Dock to connect my USB peripheral device to the handset and transfer and send data across to this usb device using Android SDK. Any comments what so ever will this be possible?

    • By Najat Baker

      #2

      Hi,
      Which kind of USB device you want to connect?

      BR
      Najat

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