Samsung has taken the wraps off its new Android media box, the HomeSync.
It carries a 1TB hard drive, and the idea is it can be hooked up to multiple devices, wirelessly or via an Ethernet cable, with up to eight separate accounts so every member of the family can keep their media files separate (with password and file encryption protection).
The hardware is powered by Android Jelly Bean, and has access to Google’s Play Store, plus it will be able to stream 1080p video to your HDTV.
Samsung notes: “The HomeSync brings the best of Android gaming, movies, TV shows and streaming content direct into your living room. It allows you to stream content from your 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.”
Alongside the 1TB disk, there’s a 1.7GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, and an 8GB SSD for the operating system.
In terms of ports there’s an HDMI 1.4 out, Gigabit Ethernet, two USB 3.0 ports, and an optical audio out. For wireless connectivity, the device offers 802.11 b/g/n dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and Bluetooth 4.0.
Pricing hasn’t yet been announced, nor has UK availability, but the Samsung HomeSync will be out in the US in April, and will roll out to further countries from there.