Samsung announced their Android Jelly Bean-powered set top box, the Samsung HomeSync at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The HomeSync is a home media server that has an HDMI connection, but also hooks up to other gadgets over WiFi or Bluetooth. It allows users to stream photos, videos and apps from their Galaxy devices to the TV and control all of its features wirelessly from their Android devices. The set-top box lets users have access to all of Google’s goodies, including the Google Play store, YouTube, movies, books, games and many others all in a full HD 1080p resolution through its HDMI 1.4 connection.
The HomeSync has a 1.7Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB of DDR3 RAM, an 8GB flash memory, 1TB HDD and supports all standard video and audio codecs. The device features WiFi, Bluetooth and Ethernet support, 2 USB 3.0 ports for peripherals, a micro USB port for connecting to a PC, and HDMI output for hooking up a TV or monitor. Samsung says the HomeSync supports up to eight individual password-protected and encrypted user accounts, with each able to individually sync content from other devices and share it with the other accounts. There’s no pricing information just yet, but Samsung will officially launch the HomeSync in April, and will only be available in the United States initially. The device will be available in other countries shortly afterwards.