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Over seven months ago, Samsung quietly debuted the HomeSync, an Android-powered set top box that combines Google TV features with a home media server. The device was scheduled for an April release, but this date came and went without further information, leaving us wondering if the device would ever become widely available in the US. Well, it's here. You can now purchase the HomeSync from Amazon, Best Buy, or Samsung directly for $299.99.

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Since this isn't your typical set top box, there's quite a bit of hardware tucked away inside. You're getting a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of memory, 8GB of flash store, and 1TB of hard disk space. You have your support for the standard audio and video codecs along with Micro USB, USB 3.0, and HDMI connections. You can mirror content from Galaxy devices via AllShare Cast, including content purchased from Google Play.

Unlike Google TV, HomeSync has full access to the Play Store. This could be a much needed distinguishing feature, especially considering that Samsung's competitors are selling offerings at less than a third of the price. It also doesn't help things that the HomeSync only supports mirroring from Samsung devices. But if you do happen to have one such device - and judging from Samsung's sales numbers, a good number of you do - you will want to head over to the Play Store to grab the companion app that is also now available.

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Samsung lets you use the HomeSync's 1TB of space as cloud storage, and the companion app will let you access the files wherever you are. The app also includes a virtual remote that helps you navigate the device's interface and play back media. And as you would expect, it's available for free.

HomeSync from Samsung

HomeSync on Amazon

HomeSync at Best Buy

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • TomsDisqusted

    Rather expensive, but I guess that includes 1TB drive and a pretty full on Android device. Would be interested in seeing a review.

  • Brett

    I don't see it doing well. Too expensive, too exclusive. Samsung is looking to become the Apple of Android.

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    • hot_spare

      You mean they want are trying to earn more money? What else is new?

      • Brett

        I don't see a lot of people switching to a Galaxy just to use this device. However, I could see the device selling better if they opened it up to all Android users. Let the Galaxy sell on its own merits.

    • Primalxconvoy

      I'd say, with their proprietary systems that are doa, they're more like the "new sony of Android"?

  • HotInEER

    I'm interested in this. I think it's a little too expensive, maybe $199 would be better but I will still pick this up.

  • alfuen00

    Some one forget to talk about a big feature of this device, is a 1TB personal cloud, yes you can setup this device for backup your entire ecosystem desktop, laptop, smartphone and tablet, private and without the intervention of any service provider like Dropbox so as far as I see it's sounds great, dunno how much you pay annually for 1TB at Dropbox or other provider but this thing sounds sweet, oh and access is via web at Samsung Link so you can access anywhere even in devices that you don't own via web browser

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