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MWC: Samsung unveils Homesync media streaming hub for Galaxy users

Brings 1TB of storage to the home via Android
Mon Feb 25 2013, 15:21

KOREAN ELECTRONICS GIANT Samsung has unveiled a home media streaming hub at Mobile World Congress (MWC) called Homesync, bringing 1TB of storage for Android Galaxy users.

Offers 1TB of cloud storage for the home

"HomeSync allows you to stream content from your [Android] 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," Samsung said.

Acting as a media centre, network storage solution, media server and home content and files hub, Homesync's 1TB hard drive can sync multiple devices' shared or private content and streams through a user's TV via HDMI. There's also support for optical audio so music and movies can be streamed with higher quality sound.

One downside is that Android users are limited to Samsung Galaxy devices in order to take advantage of the hub. However, Homesync supports up to eight separate accounts for those families that do own Galaxy tablets and smartphones, allowing them to upload and download content from multiple devices and share files with one another.

"File encryption and user-specific IDs and passwords mean content in your private area remains separate from the shared area in HomeSync," Samsung added.

"You can [also] enjoy the full and familiar Android experience with HomeSync's Jelly Bean media player and access to Play Store and all of your apps."

Powered by a dual-core 1.7Ghz processor with 1GB of DDR3 RAM, the HomeSync system also enables users to stream content via the control modes enabled wirelessly on the phone.

The Homesync's supported video codecs include H.264, H.263, MPEG4, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, WMV7/8, MP43, VP8 and DivX.

Samsung said that UK availability and pricing will be announced "in due course". µ

 

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