Cloud storage has certainly taken off in recent years. The main reason is that people are beginning to accumulate large amounts of media and other types of files that they wish to have with them at all times. The issue with this is that unfortunately, most devices do not have the proper storage to deal with large amounts of data. That’s where services like Google Drive and Dropbox step in by offering users storage space to easily access their files while on the go.
The only issue with these methods is that if you need more space to backup and stream your data which most people do, then you have to pay a monthly fee to Google or Dropbox to gain more storage. Samsung has just come along with a solution to this problem. Dubbed Samsung HomeSync Lite, the service will take media and other files stored locally on your PC and stream them to your device, eliminating the need for cloud storage all together.
As it stands, this service will only function with other Samsung devices, which is completely expected. Not only can files stored on your PC be transferred to your Samsung device, but you can automatically send files from your device back to your PC. You can set your camera up to automatically send photos to your PC in addition to doing the same for documents that you create.
Perhaps the best functionality of the service is that is goes beyond basic file transfers. If you have media such as music and movies on your PC, you can stream them from your PC even if they are not stored on your device locally.
The service also supports multiple users and multiple devices. It can juggle up to 5 different users on the same PC, with each user allowed 6 devices each. This means that if you have a family that has multiple devices like cell phones and tablets, you can all use the same computer to backup and stream your data.
The concept is undoubtedly based on Samsung’s HomeSync device that we saw at MWC in February. It is unclear as to when this software will be available or for what OS(s) it will be compatible for.