February 25, 2013 by Rachel Cericola
Samsung’s new HomeSync media hub runs on Android, will play apps and stream content, but it’s not a Google TV.
Having a media server in the home isn’t as daunting as it used to be. Samsung Electronics is hoping to bring the option to the masses, inviting the whole family to get in on the HomeSync.
The Samsung HomeSync is a newly announced home hub designed for the whole family, with support for up to eight separate accounts. That way, individual users can tap into the box’s 1TB drive as they see fit, whether it’s through an HDTV or an Android device.
Designed for movies, TV shows, gaming and plenty of other digital goodies, the HomeSync allows all of those users to stream apps and other content from any Galaxy device wirelessly to the connected HDTV—in up to 1080p HD.
Other features include a 1.7GHz dual-core CPU, an HDMI 1.4 port, the Jelly Bean media player, access to the Google Play Store, file encryption, user-specific IDs and passwords.
Samsung will start selling HomeSync sometime in April. The company has yet to announce pricing for the box.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.
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