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TAG | Gratia

The long rumored Android accessory, which is thought to be the most useful and interesting for the users, is finally available in Europe. Sony Ericsson’s LiveView is something like a wrist watch (actually It is a watch, too) which is capable of connecting to almost any Android mobile phone and display different notifications on its screen, so you don’t have to take the handset out of your pocket in order to read an SMS or see some new status updates in Facebook.

LiveView is offered for 59 Euros in France, 49 pounds in the UK, and about 42 Euros in Germany. Amazon is selling it for 90$. Regarding the hardware features of the device, it uses Bluetooth in order to establish a connection to the mobile phone and the general operating range is about 10m. It also has a 1.3-inch OLED display, two hardkeys and four softkeys. It is attached to your hand either via clip or wristband. As for its software abilities, LiveView can be used to control your music player – Play, pause, next, previous track and volume adjustment and also display the track title, or you can view the incoming SMS messages, RSS feeds, view Facebook and Twitter updates. You can also see the person who is calling you and even mute the ringtone of the mobile phone.

The list of compatible phones includes:

  • Acer - Liquid Metal
  • Dell - Streak
  • Google - Nexus One
  • HTC - Desire, Desire HD, Desire Z, Gratia, HD mini, Legend, Wildfire
  • Motorola - DEFY, Flipout, Milestone, XT720
  • Samsung - Galaxy Europa I5500, Galaxy S I9000, i5500 Corby
  • Sony Ericsson – X10, XPERIA X10 Mini, XPERIA X10 Mini Pro

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HTC has just announced today a new device in their lineup which will be sold in Europe. Basically, this handset is HTC Aria but for the international market. The common features in the two devices are 3.2-inch TFT touchscreen display, 512MB ROM, 384MB RAM, a 5MP camera with geo tagging and face detection, a 600MHz Qualcomm MSM 7227 processor, full integration with many Google services and of course support of Bluetooth 2.1 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g.

All this puts HTC Gratia in the middle-high class android devices, offering pretty good hardware capabilities and sleek design. But not everything is common between Gratia and Aria. When you get your Gratia out of the box, it will surprise you with Android 2.2 running with HTC Sense on top of it. Unfortunately the mobile will be running on the old version of the HTC Sense, which is quite a disappointment.

HTC Gratia will be available in 3 colors – forest green, pearl white and charcoal black. It is expected to hit the markets in November, but still no information regarding the price or exact date. So if you are planning to buy a mid-class Android device, wait for a month and take a look at HTC Gratia.

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