Samsung’s HomeSync Plays Nice With More Android Devices Than Just Samsung Ones

December 17, 2013 - Written By Cory McNutt

Samsung announced its answer to Apple TV at Mobile World Congress in February 2013 – allowing a little Android OS onto our TV sets, but like the Samsung Galaxy Gear, it would only work with your Samsung Galaxy smartphones.  Sensing that they needed help to justify its $300 price tag, Samsung has finally allowed it to “play nice” with more Android Jelly Bean smartphones, such as the HTC One and the Sony Xperia Z, with hopefully more devices coming soon.  Samsung does not list exactly what phones it will work with, so go take a look in the Play Store to see if it it’s compatible with your device and to download the app to your smartphone.

The Samsung HomeSync is a non-descript, proverbial, black box – the size of about 3 stacked DVD cases, with the Samsung name and a small light on the front.  The back contains several output connections that include an Ethernet port, a digital audio port, two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, a Micro-USB port, and the power connection.  The power and settings buttons are on the side of the device for easy access.

HomeSync rear

Inside the box, there this 1TB storage capacity and it is powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core processor. This terabyte of private cloud storage is enough room to upload 10 photos daily for 82 years, or five minutes of home video daily for ten years.  HomeSync provides support for up to eight users with up to five devices, so the entire family can store and manage their personal content.  Members can share images, music, videos, documents, and files from any registered device.  You can also mirror the content from your device onto your HDTV screen using an HDMI Cable, or by connecting your music player through the Optical Audio port.

With HomeSync’s Android Media Center, you can do gaming, videos, and music, or flip through your photos on the big screen, or use your mobile device as a remote mouse for easy control of compatible devices.  Enjoy the full Android experience by accessing the Google Play Store to download an app, as well as Samsung’s own Media Hub.  It basically turns your TV into a “SmartTV” via Samsung.

Let us know on our Google+ Page if you already own a Samsung HomeSync device or have been thinking of getting one and will now that your smartphone is compatible with the device.