Sony Ericsson has announced the release of the LiveView, a device that will allow users to control their Android handsets remotely as if a smartphone was no longer portable enough.
The Liveview is very much like the iPod Nano from Apple; It comes with a 1.3-inch OLED 128x128 pixels monochrome touchscreen display, works with Bluetooth and can, amongst other things check incoming calls, show calendar reminders and show status updates for Facebook or Twitter.
Obviously, you should be able to use it as a remote control for any built-in entertainment features like playing music or video and we suspect that given the right app, you will be able to use the LiveView as a game controller as well.
Smartphones with Android 2.0 or better will be compatible with the Liveview - so that's not only Sony Ericsson then! - and the 15g gadget will come with a battery life of four days, a microUSB port, a clip and a wrist wrap that allows the user to wear it like a watch.
It should be out towards the end of the year but no pricing has been announced yet. Expect Sony Ericsson to use the LiveView as a carrot to encourage developers to code compatible apps for the platform.