Samsung Homesync

Android-based media center box will land in the U.S. this Sunday

Samsung HomeSync, the Android-powered media center device we first played with back in February, is finally ready for its U.S. launch. Released in the U.S. this Sunday, Oct. 6, HomeSync connects to your TV and allows you to play back content from Google Play and Samsung's own ecosystem, using a Galaxy smartphone as a remote. The $299 box comes with a one-terabyte-capacity hard drive and support for up to eight accounts, each of which can have its own sync settings.

HomeSync also allows you to access you stuff on the go, as well as pushing content to the box from a Galaxy smartphone. Samsung says HomeSync owners can register their devices and claim $50 to spend on movies and TV shows from its MediaHub platform.

We got a detailed walkthrough of Samsung HomeSync back at this year's Mobile World Congress show, so hit the link below to find out more about Samsung's latest Android device for the living room.

More: Hands-on with Samsung HomeSync

Samsung HomeSync Brings The Best Features of Your Galaxy Devices to Your TV

Newest addition to the Samsung family is the ideal living room companion to your Galaxy device

Dallas, TX — October 3, 2013 – Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) announced today that Samsung HomeSync™, a household Android™ media center for storing, synchronizing and streaming content across multiple devices, will be available beginning October 6 for $299. With HomeSync you can share, view and control content from your Galaxy device directly on your TV while at home or on the go.

“HomeSync is a powerful platform that we envision to be the center of a household’s connected life,” said Nanda Ramachandran, vice president of emerging business at Samsung Mobile. “We saw an opportunity to create a companion device at home, that seamlessly syncs all of your mobile content wherever you are.”

HomeSync’s Android user interface is simililar to your Galaxy smartphone or tablet and is easy to use. It allows customers to use their Galaxy device as a remote control to browse through various entertainment choices on their TV. HomeSync also provides 1TB (terabyte) of secure storage for up to eight separate accounts and allows each user the option to sync, as well as upload and download mobile content. This means photos taken by one family member at an event or on the road can be seen by another family member either from their TV or another connected mobile device.

“HomeSync is the latest addition the the Galaxy family of products and builds on Samsung’s commitment to delivering innovative devices and advanced technologies to consumers,” said Travis Merrill, vice president of marketing at Samsung Electronics America.

Key features of Samsung HomeSync include:
· Perfect Companion for Your Galaxy Device: HomeSync is the ideal companion for the Galaxy S® 4 or Galaxy Note® 3. It is also compatible with other devices within the Samsung ecosystem, including the Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Note 8.0, Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition, Galaxy Camera™, and other devices that use Samsung Link™.
· Storage Solution: HomeSync is a storage solution with an expansive 1TB drive that offers both shared and private storage options for an entire household’s core mobile content, such as photo albums, videos, and music libraries, in one secure location.
· Real-Time Sharing: Provides access for up to eight separate accounts and allows each user the option to quickly sync and share mobile content in real time, or select specific content to share. Register up to six devices per account so you can access your personal library no matter where you are, no matter what device you’re using.
· Access Anywhere: HomeSync provides secure access to your files, photos, music and home videos no matter where you are.
· Intuitive Control: Seamlessly control your content on TV with your mobile device – control what’s on screen using your Galaxy smartphone as a remote mouse and use your phone’s keyboard for easy searching, or mirror the HomeSync screen directly on your Galaxy device.
· Real Time Streaming: Stream content from a Galaxy device wirelessly to a TV – experience your created content, such as photos and videos, on the big screen then explore your favorite apps and play mobile games in a whole new way on your TV.

HomeSync connects to a TV with an HDMI connection, allowing any TV to be a smart TV. HomeSync features a powerful processor, support for wired or wireless mouse and keyboard, and access to Web browsing, YouTube, apps, games, social networking and more. As part of Galaxy Perks, you may register your Samsung HomeSync and get $50 to spend on movies and TV shows, through Samsung Media Hub. Visit www.samsung.com/us/galaxyperks/homesync

Samsung HomeSync will be available at Samsung Experience Shops™ located in Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile specialty stores, Newegg, Amazon.com and Samsung.com beginning October 6 for $299.

For Application Developers
Application developers can make their existing Android apps compatible with HomeSync in the Google Play Store with as little as one line of code. For more information, visit http://developer.samsung.com/homesync.

Application developers are also invited to attend the first annual Samsung Developers Conference where they’ll have the opportunity to connect with industry visionaries, Samsung executives and technical leaders, and fellow developers while getting an exclusive first look at the latest tools, SDKs, and emerging platforms for Samsung devices to create what’s next. HomeSync product management members will be on-hand to demonstrate HomeSync, discuss development possibilities, and answer questions. Attendees of the HomeSync breakout session will have a chance to win a HomeSync.

 

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Samsung HomeSync coming to the U.S. on October 6

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Besides the inclusion of a hard drive to store some content and local playback I seem to be missing the advantage to this over Chromecast. Can it run Apps like HBOGO? There is a huge need for an Android based system like AppleTV and no one seems to be able to hit the mark just right with a decent product. I don't see what is so difficult about this unless it is licensing issues. How about a CM Mod to run on WDTV Lives?

If you don't see what's so difficult about it then go ahead and make one! You'll be a millionaire in no time.

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That makes no sense. Google has proven they can make a competing streaming device. So has Apple. For multi million dollar companies it's not hard. It's just that they are focused on greed first over making something that a customer will like.

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Raspberry PI and several other small Android "smart TV" devices popping up all over, I have the Pivos Xios although a little behind in hardware, it's not bad.

Samsung is getting into the habbit of overpricing things, such as their smartwatch for $300-329 when the Sony one is for $149 and offers more.

Yeah, I paid shfifty five bucks for an MK808 a year ago, pretty much does the same thing, and runs android 4.2.2.

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...exactly...

$299 puts this even out of my *interest* - let alone my purchasing decisions. Apple TV is $99 and has a proven ecosystem. For those with an HTPC, Plex is free and the Android app is $5. Chromecast is $35.

I don't actually see what they're trying to accomplish with this...?

I thought so too. Then I reminded myself of the price of an external hard drive. External hard drives that have wireless capabilities with storage up to 1TB are not that much cheaper. That's the only advantage this has.

Pricey and stupid. Why wouldn't they support the Google TV standard? Plus they restrict access to key features... you have to have one of the specified Samsung Galaxy devices in the "Samsung ecosystem". Please. Just what we need. A great Google/Android partner you are Samsung.

Pricey and stupid, indeed. They are emulating another tech company to hilarious extremes. The only thing they can't seem to emulate, is taste and style (and when they simply try to copy the style, they end up in court).

I've really tried to bite my tongue about Samsung, as I do want variety and competition in hardware, and as many sources of inspiration going into the android platform as possible.

But yeah, this is very obviously simply an attempt to further the cause of the future Samsung walled garden.

This is what I see:

"HEY PEOPLE, come buy hardware that only works with other hardware made by us. It doesn't do anything special over many numerous less expensive options, except limit your choices!

And please purchase your media from us too. We are more than willing to bite the hand of google, that is more reponsible for the success of our mobile divsion, than Samsung is itself."

I thinks its real shady that Samsung is thriving because of the open android platform. yet they make products that are locked to their or devices. dont want it but still

I'm sorry but Samsung has really been over pricing every thing. First the expensive gear and now this.. I love my Galaxy note 2 but if Samsung wants me to buy everything Samsung their gonna have to compot compete. My next tv will be an lg, my main streaming device is Sony ps3 and Google chromecast, my computer a MacBook pro and phone, a note 2 soon to be note 3, as for a smartwatch, the Sony version 2is looking nice under $200. I think the Galaxy line is giving Samsung a hot head

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Unfortunately, it only works with Samsung products. However, the one and only thing it has is 1TB of storage space. Try finding a wireless capable external hard drive with 1TB of storage space for any cheaper. If it worked with all devices, I might have considered it for a future purchase if only for the wireless storage capibilities and remote access.

DOA--far too expensive. Why would anyone look twice at this when the Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, etc can all be had for less than $100. Hell, even the HTC streaming solution, whatever it's called is $100.

This will quickly be joining the Google TV, Google Orb on the trash heap.

I'm unclear on the advantage of this over the all-share cast hub.

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Correction: given that the allshare cast hub can mirror whatever is on your phone, this is worse. And costs 3x as much.

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I'm just gonna add my penny to the fountain here, and agree with the general consensus that the cost-benefit of this box is terribly skewed towards failure.

At this point it's safe to assume that any new product in Samsung's system defaults to $299 and no one bothered to change them.

If this was an all-encompassing device that could handle Google, Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, DLNA, local content, etc, it might have had a chance.

Once again... not a chance in HELL i will be buying this... for a few reasons.

1. Samsung is getting into a VERY bad habit of making things that only work with Samsung phones. This is android, not iOS. i am not buying anything that requires me to be tied to one brand, its just not happening... ever. Samsung is starting to make me not want to buy anything from them.

2. Samsung is starting to become EXTREMELY over priced for what they offer. $300 for something like this that really doesn't do THAT much is ridiculous.

I'll still buy their phones as long as they keep giving me removable batteries and storage. I'll also buy other independently compelling nerdery but I won't buy something just because it works with something else.

Idk I'm a Samsung consumer. I find quality in their work and they are doing so well compared to other Android companies. I'll do a lot more research before making a purchase

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