First Look: Sony Ericsson LiveDock

Here’s a cute and kawaii accessory that Sony Ericsson launched last week together with the Xperia active, Xperia ray and Xperia txt.

The Sony Ericsson LiveDock is a dock with a MicroUSB cable for connecting and charging your phone. Sony Ericsson recommends that you pair the LiveDock with an Xperia phone. But I’m pretty sure the LiveDock’s charging feature works with any other phone with a MicroUSB port. But of course you might not be getting the extras if you are not using a Sony Ericsson Xperia phone.

The Sony Ericsson LiveDock is more than your average charging dock. The LiveDock has a USB port for you to connect a USB device such as keyboard, mouse or gamepad if the phone has support for USB OTG.

The LiveDock is the first accessory that supports ConnectLaunch. Developers will have the ability to configure their apps to work with the LiveDock thru ConnectLaunch.
The best part of about the LiveDock is that you can instantly launch your favourite apps when you dock your Android phone. All you need is to download Sony Ericsson’s LiveWare manager application which is available in the Android Market.

Each LiveDock have a “Unique ID” so that your Xperia phone will know where is it being docked. You can then configure your Xperia phone to launch certain apps when docked on different LiveDock. Ideally, you can place a LiveDock in the bedroom and configure it to launch the alarm clock when docked in the bedroom. Then configure it to launch the video player when docked on the LiveDock in the Living room, recipe app when docked in the kitchen and email client when docked on the LiveDock in your office. You get the idea. Come to think of it, this is very cool.
But let’s face it, how many people are going to own more than one LiveDock? Not many I guess.

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