Samsung announces HomeSync, dual-core Android TV box

Samsung introduced a new Android-powered set-top box at the Mobile World Congress this week. It is an unlikely event to show a box television, but that has not stopped the Korean electronics giant to unveil the box HomeSync.

The company says the device provides a cloud house to store, share and stream content to multiple devices. The HomeSynch lets you stream videos, photos and applications from your wireless device to your television Galaxy. The device can also access the store to download Google Play your own applications and you can still use your smartphone to control the box.

The device is powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core processor along with 1GB of RAM and 8 GB of solid state storage. There is also a 1 TB hard drive in the traditional tap, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz, Gigabit Ethernet, optical audio and HDMI 1.4 outputs. Samsung says the device can support up to eight user accounts, each password protected and encrypted for privacy and security.

Interestingly, despite the fact that it has all the features you find with Google TV, there is no mention that the real mark anywhere on company literature or real cash. At least one publication believes that Samsung may simply be trying to distance himself from a brand that has never really been able to achieve stardom.

We are told that HomeSync will be released pre-installed with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Samsung said the unit will be available for purchase starting in April in the U.S. before expanding to other regions. Pricing remains unknown at this time.


Asus to release Google TV device

Google has announced that Asus will be unveiling a Google TV product at CES 2013, which will also see several other new manufacturers and apps announcements.


The LG GA7900 is one of the first Google TV devices to be announced for CES 2013

(Credit: LG)

Google has announced that Asus will be unveiling a Google TV product at CES 2013, rumored to be the Qube set-top box.

Asus is traditionally known as a PC manufacturer but will join other new partners Hisense and TCL by releasing Google TV products in 2013. Google says existing partners LG, Vizio and Sony will also have products at the show.

LG has already detailed the Google TV products it will show in the GA7900 and GA6400 televisions which will feature 3D and an updated Google TV interface.

Google says there are many more apps on the way, with the newest being Amazon Instant released late 2012.

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) will run from January 8 – 11 2013 in Las Vegas and is the world’s largest technology show.