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Samsung Debuts New Media Set-top Box, 'HomeSync'
Shared Android-based storage "fit for the family."
Samsung, who's presence in the living room through televisions and elsewhere through their Galaxy line of phones and tablets is well known, has announced the Samsung 'HomeSync.' The device has multiple functions, but essentially brings Galaxy-like functionality in 1080p to any HD set.
An Android-based device, the HomeSync "brings the best of Android games, movies, TV shows and streaming content direct into your living room," and also serves as a family stratified media server with the ability to set-up multiple password enabled accounts. The idea is for different family members to have private content on the HomeSync, which can be played back using the HomeSync's Jelly Been media player or accessed through a Galaxy phone or tablet. Conversely, content stored on a Galaxy device can be streamed wirelessly through the HomeSync to a connected display.
Samsung has promised the HomeSync for April 2013 in select countries and is currently demonstrating the device at the Mobile World Congress.
The drive sports 1.7GHz processor, 1GB of DDR3 RAM, 8GB of eMMC plus the presumably upgradeable 1TB drive. The device has Gigabit Ethernet along with an expected range (802.11a/b/g/n) of wireless standards. The only A/V connection specified is HDMI 1.4, but an 'Audio Amp. Connection' suggests audio RCAs.
Default video codecs listed but hopefully not limited to include H.264, H.263, MPEG-4, WMV 7/8, VC-1, WMV7/8, MP43, and DivX . On the audio side, the player does support FLAC, plus the expected MP3, AAC, and WMA. It also supports Ogg, Vorbis, AC-3 and WAV.
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