Samsung HomeSync media center launching in the U.S. on Oct. 6 for $299Alex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
Samsung teased the Android-powered HomeSync media center during its Galaxy S 4 unveiling earlier this year, but we haven't heard much about the device since. Today the company is breaking its silence on its streaming box, though, revealing exactly when consumers will be able to nestle a HomeSync into their entertainment centers.
The Samsung HomeSync will be available for purchase from Samsung Experience Shops in Best Buy stores, Newegg, Amazon and Samsung.com starting this Sunday, Oct. 6, at a price of $299. HomeSync includes 1TB of storage that can be shared across eight different accounts. This space allows the HomeSync to store content that can then be viewed locally on an HDMI-connected HDTV, and users can also remotely upload and download files using their Samsung phones and tablets. The box can be controlled by a Galaxy device, and users can also stream content from their Galaxy product to the HomeSync.
The HomeSync is compatible with a bevy of different Galaxy-branded hardware. That includes the Galaxy S 4, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Note 8.0, Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition and Galaxy Camera. Samsung says that HomeSync will also work with any device running the Samsung Link software.
Along with all of its multimedia capabilities, the HomeSync includes support for various social networks, YouTube, games and a web browser. The HomeSync UI has been modeled after the one found on Samsung's Android-powered Galaxy hardware, so consumers that use a Galaxy phone or tablet in their daily lives shouldn't have too much trouble acclimating to the HomeSync.
Samsung's HomeSync looks like a decent little media center for folks with Galaxy-branded hardware. The 1TB of included storage ought to be enough for many folks, and the fact that it allows users to download content remotely to their Galaxy devices means that users can save some of that precious space on their phone or tablet for other content. What do you think of the Samsung HomeSync? Will you be picking one up this weekend?