Smart Connect app allows you to create events when connecting devices

by XB on 30th August 2012

in Applications, Videos


Sony announced a new Xperia app yesterday at IFA 2012 called Smart Connect. This app replaces the ‘LiveWare manager’ found in current Xperia smartphones. Much like LiveWare it lets you decide what happens when you connect your phone to an accessory. However, it moves beyond LiveWare by being able to set a number of different functions for each event. Think of it as a lite version of Tasker.

For example, plugging your headphones will start the Walkman app, play tracks with a certain sound mode. Or you could start a sports app by touching an Xperia SmartTag, which would turn on GPS with a certain volume setting. Plugging your phone into a dock could start the TV launcher, show pictures and start your Wi-Fi. Another example is plugging your charger at night to set your alarm and switching your handset to silent.

Our man on the ground at IFA (@AmbroosV) tells us that you can even set events that occur at certain times of the day. So for example, you could create an event by touching a green Xperia SmartTag during the morning and create a different sequence of events by touching the same SmartTag during the evening. This only works for hours during the day though, you won’t be able to select events that only work on set days during the week for example. Sounds like a very useful app and we can’t wait to see it released.

Update: Sony Mobile has confirmed that the app will be available to download on all phones through the Google Play Store from mid-September. Your handset will need to run at least Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandiwich for the app to work.

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  • The question will be: will liveware manager recieve an update to this version?

  • Coollead

    Oh God, I hope that battery percentage meter comes to the GX! I hate using apps for showing the remaining percent.

  • EowynCarter

    Mm, new smart tags, cool. Sounds good to be able to do more.

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  • where can i get those earphones? really want them.

  • Guest

    I use this and it works well. Plugging into a dock vs. A computer vs. A charger vs. Headphones…. it will launch apps or the tv launcher based in your preferences.
    So far, I like it and haven’t had any trouble with this feature.

  • dereknobuyuki

    This comment was a half asleep mistake that was supposed to be deleted.
    Please delete it.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, even non-sony phones with nfc can use this app by dlding it at Google Play store

  • Rolf Martin Schmidt

    Just got an manual update from ‘LiveWare manager’ to ‘Smart Connect’ on my Sony Xperia P running ICS. Go to Google Play and search for it.
    Sadly it does not work with Xperia SmartTag “1”. Maybe we have to wait for the new Xperia SmartTag “2”, which were shown at IFA 2012 in Berlin.

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