As a global electronics giant, Samsung has presence in every room in the home, most notably the living room -- the company recently claimed to be selling three TVs every second. And as we all know, Samsung currently dominates the Android smartphone landscape. So it was only a matter of time before the Samsung TV and Android worlds collided.
At Mobile World Congress this week we got our first look at Samsung's HomeSync, a 1-terabyte TV box with a Google Play-certified Android front-end. HomeSync delivers a full Android experience, with a TouchWiz-based UI that actually scales up really well to the big screen. The main view is a grid of running windows, and you've also got a standard app drawer view, along with on-screen keys you can hit using your pointer.
That pointer is controlled by the companion smartphone app, demonstrated by Samsung on the Galaxy Note 2. There are two optional modes -- touch mode and motion mode. The former gives you an on-screen trackpad you can use to scroll around, laptop-style; the latter allows you to move the cursor by pointing the phone at the screen, similar to a Nintendo Wiimote.
The streaming box ties into Samsung's AllShare ecosystem, allowing content from Galaxy smartphones to be easily shared to the big screen. And of course with Google Play and Samsung's own Media Hub on-board, there are plenty of other avenues open for streaming content to the box.
With a dual-core 1.7GHz CPU and 1GB of RAM inside, the HomeSync box should have enough oomph to handle all the HD video content you can throw at it, and we certainly didn't notice any performance hiccups during our time with the HomeSync boxes at the Samsung booth. On the connectivity side, HomeSync supports Wifi a/g/b/n with channel bonding as well as gigabit ethernet, so network speeds shouldn't be an issue either.
No release date has been offered as yet; Samsung says UK availability details will be revealed "in due course." In the meantime, we've got a couple more photos of the box itself down below.