Samsung’s HomeSync 1TB Android-based media server streams apps to your TV, keeps your data in sync

Samsung makes phones, tablets, and televisions that can run apps. Now the company is also offering a set-top-box that can bring Android apps to your TV, let you stream content from your mobile device to a TV, or keep your data synchronized between devices.

It’s called the Samsung HomeSync, and it’s a home media server with a 1.7 GHz dual core processor, 1GB of RAM, an 8GB solid state drive, and a 1TB hard drive.

Samsung HomeSync

The HomeSync is expected to ship in select countries starting in April, 2013.

The device features WiFi, Bluetooth and Ethernet support, 2 USB 3.0 ports for peripherals, a micro USB port for connecting to a PC, and HDMI output for hooking up a TV or monitor.

Under the hood, the HomeSync is running software based on Google Android Jelly Bean, which means you can use it to watch movies on the hard drive or stream videos from YouTube, among other things. It also includes access to the Google Play Store, which should let you download additional apps such as Netflix or Vudu to turn the HomeSync into a pretty powerful media center for your TV.

Samsung says you can also link up to 8 accounts to the HomeSync so you can synchronize data across your devices or access shared or private storage. In other words, you can keep your music and movie collection on the HomeSync’s 1TB hard drive and use each of your family’s phones to access a different set of media files for each user.

Samsung hasn’t yet revealed how much the HomeSync will cost.

 

  • varun

    OK, I’m intrigued. I can definitely see a use for this – particularly with the Nexii that are so lacking in local storage.

    Though, now of course, I wonder if there is a way to build this by ourselves, without having to wait for Samsung’s version. Hm.

    • Timmymac

      Unfortunately, not too many Android products come with USB3.0 ports… which is a shame.

  • birdog

    @ varun – you can with Pogoplug and their service. Or you can go even further on your own if you are tech savy and install archlinux on the Pogoplug and have total control. The Pogoplug is easy to install Arch and Lamb

  • strider_mt2k

    This looks pretty good compared to some other offerings out there.

  • NoLemonNoMelon

    Cortex-A15 processor and you’ve got a winner.

  • tarwin

    IF it has good price I’d definitely buy it (I really want an android box/stick with optical audio out since my tv has no hdmi passthrough and I see no other reason to upgrade it). Unfortunately one site said that Samsung said it would cost 500 dollars (well, its equivalent in kronos) but it didn’t state/link its source so hopefully that part is rubbish. I would also have preferred krait to A15s (the official graphic on the Samsung tomorrow site says they are A15s which we could/should have guessed from the USB 3.0) as A15s are not the most power efficient, but between those or an allwinner a10 or any other cortex A8 or A9 class cips I’ll take the A15s. Now here’s hoping it comes in at 200 more or less.