Samsung just unveiled the Galaxy Note 8.0, but they won't be satisfied until there's no stone unturned for Mobile World Congress. In a disappointingly dry press release the company debuted the Samsung HomeSync, an Android-powered set top box that combines Google TV features and a home media server. Major bullet points include a full terabyte of storage, WiFi and Ethernet access, and an interface powered by Jelly Bean (presumably 4.1) with full access to the Google Play Store.
Based on the language in Sammy's press release, that's the full Play Store, not the comparatively measly selection of apps available to Google TV units. The possibilities for that are intriguing, maybe even more so than devices like the OUYA. Hardware power comes from a 1.7Ghz dual-core processor of unknown origin, 1GB of memory, an additional 8GB of flash storage, and support for all the standard video and audio codecs. Connections come in WiFi, Bluetooth, and MicroUSB flavors, with the only video option being 1080p HDMI with support for HDCP. USB 3.0 and optical-out audio round out the package.
Unfortunately, Samsung didn't provide a look at the TV interface for HomeSync, though I'd bet it looks pretty similar to their current range of Smart TVs. The device will start a global rollout in April 2013, with an undisclosed price.
Barcelona, February 24, 2013 – Samsung Electronics Co, Ltd., a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced Samsung HomeSync, a home hub solution that a shared storage fit for a family, the best entertainment experience on a big screen TV, and a new way of enjoying your HDTV through a familiar and smarter Android user experience.
Shared Storage for a Family
HomeSync’s 1TB drive can help you sync to multiple devices, providing shared or private storage for all your 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. File encryption and user-specific ID and password ensure content in a user’s private area remains separate from the shared area in HomeSync.
Entertainment on a Big Screen
The HomeSync brings the best of Android gaming, movies, TV shows and streaming content direct into your living room. It allows you to stream content from your Galaxy device wirelessly to the TV – letting you watch, see and use all your home videos, photos and apps, and all at a full HD 1080p.
Giving any HDTV new Smarts
Users can enjoy the full and familiar Android experience with HomeSync’s Jelly Bean media player and access to Play Store and all of your apps. HomeSync also enables new ways to interact with your content via the control modes enabled wirelessly on the phone.
HomeSync will be available from April 2013 in select countries and continue to expand globally.