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Samsung opens its HomeSync streaming box to HTC, Sony and LG devices


Not wanting to be left out of the content syncing race to reshape entertainment in the living room, Samsung has announced that its HomeSync service is being made available to other, non-Samsung Android devices.

HomeSync is essentially an Android TV streaming box that syncs content from tablets and smartphones to TVs. The Jelly Bean-powered box launched in October, priced at $299, and, beyond simply streaming, it provides 1TB of storage for content.

With Google’s Chromecast picking up plaudits for enabling easy device-to-TV streaming, Samsung is opening its own product to a wider audience. HomeSync is priced significantly higher than the $30 Chromecast dongle, but the Korean firm is betting that offering vast storage will give it an edge over Google and other rivals — and it makes the case in a blog post:

HomeSync provides one terabyte of private cloud storage, which is enough room to upload 10 photos daily for 82 years, or five minutes of home video for 10 years. The device supports up to eight users with five devices each, so that the whole family can save and share images, music, videos, documents and files from any registered device.

Initially, the Google Play Store app has support for devices from HTC (One , ButterFly), Sony (Xperia Z , Xperia ZL , Xperia SP) and LG (Optimus G pro , Nexus4). The app has also widened its support for Samsung devices.

➤ Now Enjoy HomeSync with More Android Devices [Samsung]

Image via Samsung

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Published December 17, 2013 — 07:22 UTC

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