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MWC: Samsung takes aim at Apple TV with HomeSync

Korea’s Samsung Electronics has unveiled a new home hub device akin to the Apple TV at the Mobile World Congress event currently taking place in Barcelona, offering huge storage and new ways to access the best of Android gaming, movies, TV shows and streaming content on the living room TV.

The new media streamer runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, while storage options include 1 GB of RAM and a capacious 1 TB hard drive – enough to store a whole family’s home videos, photos and apps.

Security-conscious users can also protect their private area of the hard drive with file encryption and a dedicated password. The device can be controlled by Samsung Galaxy tablets and smart phones, and users can also stream content such as video from their Galaxy device to the HomeSync box.

“HomeSync is a really exciting addition to the Samsung portfolio,” said Simon Stanford, Vice President of IM division, Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland.

“As the number of smart devices that a person owns continues to grow, sharing and streaming content will become even more popular, creating demand for somewhere that all this content can be stored safely and readily accessed.

Connections-wise, the device offers Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi, USB 3.0, micro USB and an optical audio out. Samsung will launch HomeSync at an unnamed price point in the US this April, then deliver it in other markets later in the year.

Samsung's new HomeSync box

Samsung’s new HomeSync box

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