Samsung announces HomeSync, dual-core Android-powered TV box

By on February 25, 2013, 5:30 PM

Samsung introduced a new Android-powered set-top box during Mobile World Congress this week. It’s an unlikely event to showcase a television box but that didn’t stop the Korean electronics giant from unveiling the HomeSync box.

The company says the device provides a home cloud for storing, sharing and streaming content across multiple devices. The HomeSynch allows you to stream videos, pictures and apps from your Galaxy device wirelessly to your television. The device can also access the Google Play Store to download its own apps and you can even use your smartphone to control the box.

The unit is powered by a dual-core 1.7GHz processor alongside 1GB of RAM and 8GB of solid state storage. There’s also a traditional 1TB hard drive on tap, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz, Gigabit Ethernet, optical audio and HDMI 1.4 outputs. Samsung says the device can support up to eight user accounts, each password protected and encrypted for added privacy and security.

Interestingly enough, despite the fact that it has all of the features you'd find with Google TV, there isn’t any mention of that actual brand anywhere in the company’s literature or on the actual box. At least one publication believes that Samsung may simply be trying to distance themselves from a brand that was never really able to reach superstardom.

We are told that HomeSync will ship pre-installed with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Samsung said the unit will be available for purchase starting in April in the US before expanding to other regions. Pricing remains unknown at this hour.




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misor misor said:

Sell at 100$ and I'm in.

it will probably sell at the sweet spot of 179$-199$

penn919 said:

Sell at 100$ and I'm in.

it will probably sell at the sweet spot of 179$-199$

I agree, especially since the Ouya will release in a few months and that thing packs a tegra 3 (quad-core), runs XMBC out the box, and doubles as an indie game console with controller included. It'll only cost $100.

tipstir tipstir, TS Ambassador, said:

Pricing might be higher with these features $299. Buzz words dual core CPU, like a small HTPC, or something in that sorts.

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

Unless it can stream from DLNA and network shares from other OS's, and can only stream from Galaxy devices, I'd say this is a novelty device and will sell pretty cheap. $149 max.

1 person liked this | likedamaster said:

Can it stream Crysis though? lol. Jk.

I would like to know if it can stream MKV though. And whether it has cinavia. <-- deal breaker. My 2 cents.

tipstir tipstir, TS Ambassador, said:

Unless it can stream from DLNA and network shares from other OS's, and can only stream from Galaxy devices, I'd say this is a novelty device and will sell pretty cheap. $149 max.

SONY SNP-N100 and N200 does OS shares pretty good I use that here over the network. N200 is better because it handle media formats that N100 didn't. The cost of these boxes are under $50 on peak sales and off peak sales $60 to $70. I got them in every room, kitchen and outdoor patio. This one from Samsung is based on Cloud tech and I don't see high hopes for that one. I rather host my own files from my end then let someone else to it on their end.

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

SONY SNP-N100 and N200 does OS shares pretty good.

I would imagine they include Cinavia DRM since they're Sony products, however.

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