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Samsung Hopes To Outdo Google TV With The 1TB, Jelly-Bean Powered HomeSync

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  1. CatfishRivers

    CatfishRivers Well-Known Member

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    [MWC 2013] Samsung Hopes To Outdo Google TV With The 1TB, Jelly Bean-Powered HomeSync (click for full article)

    "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 a 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."


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    *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."
     
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    I think that is an Android computer, not an STB. I can't believe this claim is correct:

    I am sure it will output other resolutions. It sounds interesting and unless it dies a quick death, I don't think the rumored Samsung Google TV device is coming.
     
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    Samsung has really been going back and forth the past 2 years with their intentions of releasing a GTV device or an android TV device. I recall back at CES 2011 they actually displayed a prototype GTV box. I saw pictures of it. Then there were rumors of a GTV television. However at CES 2012 Samsung showed off an android TV/camera device (something similar to the upcoming Archos Connect Android TV/camera device). Then several months back they actually showed off a prototype GTV television at a trade show. That GTV television was rumored to come to market in January.


    It seems as though Samsung had an interest in GTV - however they weren't quite convinced enough to take the deep plunge. I think as far as GTV they are laying back and keeping an eye on it. Maybe they were a bit spooked by the lackluster sales of current GTV devices? I think they have certain thoughts about what kind of content and apps they want to see available. I think if GTV picks up steam down the road Samsung could still climb aboard.


    I have a hunch that Samsung will finally follow through with this new android device mentioned in the article (the HomeSync).
     
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    Yes keeping track of Samsung's announced products in this product category would be difficult. Keeping track of the released products is very easy. I do think this one will see the light of day and flop but if the price is lower than I think it will be, who knows what will happen.
     
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    I would of preferred to see this product with 2GB of RAM instead of the 1GB of RAM that it comes with.

    I've noticed that several recent models of the inexpensive Chinese android TV sticks are now coming with 2 GB of RAM. So I don't think this feature would of added much expense to the final cost of the product.
     
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    Agreed. That would help with switching apps by giving the OS more apps to pre-fetch. And of course the pig that is Chrome for ARM.
     

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