One of the top global phone manufacturers, Sony Ericsson, has announced its newest innovation in its Walkman technology. Called the Sony Ericsson Live Walkman, the company’s latest addition to the growing pool of Android devices features, among other things, a smartphone with Walkman powers, integration with Facebook, and Sony-provided content access to the hottest and the latest music and videos.

Nikolaus Scheurer, product marketing head of Sony Ericsson, said that consumers wanted to own smartphones that are rich with the social entertainment experience instead of a one-dimensional experience. Sony Ericsson, says Scheurer, just has the perfect device for such consumers: the Sony Ericsson Live Walkman–“in a powerful package with great style,” says Scheurer.

Facebook access is easy through many entry points on the handset–phonebook, calendar, music player, and gallery. Sony’s Qriocity brings rich multimedia access to the fingertips. Sony’s own xLOUD technology also adds that additional thump to your music.

Plus, with Android’s access to more than 250,000 apps on the Android Market, the Sony Ericsson Live Walkman makes for a perfect combination of entertainment and social networking.

Perhaps, one of this smartphone-cum-music-player’s eye-catchers is its glossy finish and curved design–in either white or black. It has a 3.2-inch scratch-proof TFT screen (480×320) and a 1.0-GHz processor working in tandem with 320 MB of onboard storage, plus microSD expansion slot capable of up to 32 GB additional storage.

A 5-megapixel shooter (capable of 720p HD video) is on the back, and a VGA front-facing camera for video calls. And, of course, the world’s greatest smartphone operating system: Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Its 1200-mAh battery ought to provide enough juice for multimedia playback and smartphone-related tasks.

This piece of beauty from Sony Ericsson is expected to hit stores in the fall (fourth quarter) and will be priced somewhere between GBP150 and GBP200 (US$250 to US$330)–a presumably mid-range price point.

Care to listen to some awesome Walkman-quality music on your Android smartphone?