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.