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VIDEOVIEW: Hands-on with the Samsung HomeSync
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 26.02.13 - 14:45:28 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 23581x
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While Samsung's latest hero and focus device at the current Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is the company's new Note 8.0, Samsung is also showing its new HomeSync media hub solution which plays - well, as expected - quite nice with Samsung's own Galaxy smartphones. HomeSync, which runs on Android Jelly Bean, comes with a 1 TB drive that allows users to sync with multiple devices (from phones to tablets to PCs) and providing a shared and private storage space for all kind of content. It supports eight separate accounts to cover a whole family, and allows each user to upload and download content from multiple devices and instantly share with other family members.

While the Samsung HomeSync isn't a Google TV according to Google's specifications, it's nevertheless also running Android (in an even later version than Google's own Google TV) which allows to download apps, games, movies, TV shows and streaming content into the living room. In terms of apps, HomeSync also features NFC and therefore it connects to NFC compatible Samsung smartphones. This means that users don't have to download all the favorite apps to the Samsung HomeSync again but HomeSync recognizes which apps are installed on the smartphone and automatically downlod these apps to the box itself - straight from Google's Play Market.

Last but not least, HomeSync features a mirror mode which allows to display Galaxy screens on the family home TV; and while it doesn't come with a dedicated hardware remote control, it's controlled from any compatible Android smartphone - via WiFi for sure.

HomeSync will be available from April 2013 in select countries and continue to expand globally.

Cheers ~ Arne


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