Meet Apple TV’s newest competitor, the Samsung HomeSync

By , Feb 25, 2013

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As you’ve probably noticed by now, we’re huge fans of the Apple TV here at iDB. Apple’s set-top box is inexpensive, easy-to-use, and it integrates perfectly with our iOS devices. Plus, older versions of it can be jailbroken.

The device has been doing remarkably well for Apple, despite the fact that it has several competitors. But we’ll see if that hot streak can continue now that Samsung’s throwing its hat in the ring with its new HomeSync…

The Verge has Samsung’s official press release:

“Samsung Electronics announced Samsung HomeSync, a home hub solution that a shared storage fit for a family, the best entertainment experience on a big screen TV, and a new way of enjoying your HDTV through a familiar and smarter Android user experience.

HomeSync’s 1TB drive can help you sync to multiple devices, providing shared or private storage for all your content. It supports eight separate accounts to cover a whole family, and allows each user to upload and download content from multiple devices and instantly share with other family members. File encryption and user-specific ID and password ensure content in a user’s private area remains separate from the shared area in HomeSync.”

Now, this may sound like run-of-the mill tech talk for a new Android device, but I have to admit, the HomeSync looks impressive. Check out this video demo from The Verge taken at Mobile World Congress earlier today.

I like how you can pair your Samsung handset with the HomeSync by touching it, via NFC. I also like the fact that you can download apps to the set-top box, something Apple has been rumored to add to its ATV for a while now.

If it feels like we’ve been talking about Samsung a lot lately, that’s because we have. Apple’s biggest competitor has been on a roll this week, announcing a new 8-inch tablet and promoting next month’s big Galaxy S IV event.

Apple, for its part, has been relatively quiet since it updated most of its product lines last fall. It did release a 128GB version of its 4th gen iPad earlier this month, but its bigger announcements aren’t expected to start until June.

But back to the HomeSync. With its 1TB hard drive, file encryption and other features, it’s clear that it’s trying to be more than what the Apple TV is—which means it’ll cost more too. There’s no price yet, but it starts shipping in April.

What do you think of the HomeSync?

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  • RarestName

    They can put 1TB on this but not even 64GB on their phones?!

    • http://twitter.com/rasramanirish JAB

      Yes I agree, they keep copying apple but they still no where near it.

      • Tr1pTr0p

        Of course, because not having a 64 GB storage option proves apple is light years ahead. What Samsung does is give YOU an OPTION to use as much storage as YOU want. By that I mean buying a 30$ 64 GB SD card and, in addition to the 32 already built in, giving you how many GB of storage? Or, right, 32 GB more than in the iPhone.
        Looks like Apple is the one lagging behind.

      • http://twitter.com/patrickw1995 Patrick

        please go and have a chat with all the android fans on their website because you wont find them here because we hate them twats and hate samsung for copying everything apple already done and take that android pic with you

      • Tr1pTr0p

        You sound very immature for a 17 year old. I don’t think you hate android fans, but reality. You’re used to praising apple and giving them credit for what they don’t deserve. That is what I hate. And I’m not going anywhere, especially an android forum, because I am an Apple user. Have a nice day.

      • http://twitter.com/patrickw1995 Patrick

        im acutally 18 dude and the reason im saying this guys is becasue i seen you on most of the comments about various stuff and you always write something that makes apple look shit compared to a samsung and that’s not the case there buddy because if samsung made that first obviously apple would make it better and the reason being is to steal the customers, so no apple is not the one lagging behind

      • Tr1pTr0p

        You being 18 only makes it worse. The reason I write smack about Apple is because some of the people here need to get down for that Apple cloud back to Earth. Apple isn’t the only innovator around, and they’re definitely not the ones who only come up with ideas and have others copy from them, but often the other way around. Some desperately need to get back in touch with reality.

      • http://twitter.com/patrickw1995 Patrick

        and if your an iphone user than thats my bad i apologise for thinking your an android user just hating on apple

      • Tr1pTr0p

        Not hating on Apple, simply being realistic.

      • JamesR624

        I’ve seen you a lot on iDB and would LOVE to talk to you directly sometime. Find a person that likes talking about iOS and Android equally. All I encounter usually is dumb fanboys defend Apple like a god and lash out whenever I’m realistic.

        As a fellow Apple fan that enjoys both iOS and android and tries to be realistic like you, I would love to talk sometime. :)

      • Tr1pTr0p

        Sure! You can add me on Facebook if you want. :)

      • Dan

        How eloquent. You are a true wordsmith.

      • http://www.facebook.com/bunna.chea.5 Bunna Chea

        You being ignorant patrick. This is a public page thus everybody could share their opinion. Also i think apple is starting to go downhill. There not a single innovation that come out of apple since steve job died. Everything is the same and boring as before. Dont say Im and android fan either because i have ipad and iphone.

      • http://twitter.com/yashgorana Yash Gorana

        you think making smartphone+os is child’s play….it is just like game development …. it takes 1-3 years !

        the iPhone 5 you are seeing now was designed in 2011-12 ….

        Innovations does not mean “a change we can notice” …. innovation can be done in a way that you won’t be able to realize any changes in the device. The chamfered edges of iPhone 5, the ultra thin iMac, the hardware related challenges while making products……these are innovations

        YOU ALL ARE BEING VERY NON-FRIENDLY TOWARDS APPLE BECAUSE YOU WANT THINGS TO CHANGE QUICKLY !
        APPLE IS ONE HAVING THE MENTALITY OF “SLOW-TRANSITION”
        we HAVE TO PATIENT….i have faith in Cook. He will bring products that we never would have imagined about

        SO GUYS PLS STOP BEING JACKASSES

        *PS* – Android Guys …. go to your xda-developer forum and gloat your android there … not here. this is a place for true INNOVATORS.

      • http://www.facebook.com/bunna.chea.5 Bunna Chea

        If innovation is something that you can’t see than it not called innovation. Making a device round edge, thinner, shine like a jewelry is great but it easily achievable. What I’m taking about is bringing newer technology to the phone. What feature has change since the iPhone 4 to the 5? Nothing. What has change from android 2.2 to 4.1, NFC cability, higher resolution screen -etc. That my point you jackass. Apple just dose not change anymore. If you can said there thing that apple implement on iPhone 5 from the 4. Than ill stop visiting this site.

      • http://twitter.com/patrickw1995 Patrick

        well the changes are (1) bigger screen (2) A6 processor (3) higher resolution (4) 1.2 megapixel at 30fps, secondary camera

      • http://www.facebook.com/bunna.chea.5 Bunna Chea

        Patrick are you being dum? I’m asking about something that does not already exist on the iPhone 4. What you just list are stuff that already exist. A6 processor still a dual core which already available on the iPhone 4S. Higher resolution screen my butt. Still can’t do 720p natively. Bigger screen is good but 4inch is like 2 yr ago standard for smartphone screen. 1.2 mp at 320fps is last year resolution for front facing camera. As for you Patrick before iPhone 5 came out you probably said that android screen is too big and that you would never used it bc of screen size. I want to see what you going to do when 5s or 6 come out with 4.5 inch screen. You probably going to said that it perfect. You ignorant bastard

      • http://twitter.com/patrickw1995 Patrick

        you mean A5 available on the 4s and yes when the 5s im gonna be jumping up and down with joy about the new features it will have and of course the sleek good looking design of the iphone compared to cheap plastic on a samsung

      • Guest

        Don’t have a reasonable comeback?
        Then sure, rant about how I should go to another site.

      • http://www.facebook.com/kenrick88 Kenrick Fernandes

        patrick you stupid troll

      • http://www.facebook.com/yuvraj.wadhwani Yuvraj Wadhwani

        You can add external memory to most android devices, but because of the low speed of the Micro SD cards, the overall experience suffers. This is the reason Google devices don’t have expandable memory in the first place. And a lot of the cheaper android phones there is a fixed memory for apps in the device memory, and you have to juggle your apps around. Cheap phones don’t deliver the best experience anyways, so it works for them. :)

      • RarestName

        What do you mean by “copying Apple”? Is that even related to my question?

    • Tr1pTr0p

      You don’t even have basic understanding of the different types of storage used in these two devices, so why in the world are you complaining?

      • RarestName

        I’m not complaining, I’m asking a question.

      • Tr1pTr0p

        Didn’t sound like a question to be, but OK. Smartphones use flash storage, whereas this device uses a typical hard drive. That is how they managed to add so much storage, and are trying to keep the price down as well.

      • RarestName

        Wow, I previously assumed that they use flash storage. My bad :/

      • http://twitter.com/MCaudebec Maxim∑

        yeah 1TB NAND flash memory doesn’t even exist

  • http://twitter.com/oneBurge Burge

    I’ll stick with my ATV 2 thank you very much…

  • http://twitter.com/Chindavon Chindavon

    I’m surprised the look of this thing wasn’t an exact clone of ATV. Good for them with their own look and style. Bad for them, that it’s ugly.

    • Tr1pTr0p

      Too bad most people here consider anything without an apple logo on it ugly.

  • http://twitter.com/khienglin vl

    Maybe this will finally push Apple to allow for app downloads on the ATV.

    • http://twitter.com/oneBurge Burge

      Apart from mine this is the only other comment on here that’s worth reading..
      That’s a like from me..

    • Tr1pTr0p

      That’s whats great about competition :D

  • http://twitter.com/PrzidentKendall Jack Kendall

    Horrible User Experience!!! Nuff Said!

    • Wolfgang Loss-Wells

      This truly is a horrible UI. The main reason that HTPCs are not mainstream is because of the mouse cursor interface. I was intrigued by this device until I watched this demo… Terrible.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      typical android BS

  • Tr1pTr0p

    After years and years, Samsung finally came up with a response to the Apple TV. And what do we see? A first generation of the device has more options than the device that has been on the market for years. How typical of Samsung, implementing actually useful features in their devices… Those copycats! (Sarcasm.)

    • RarestName

      I’d get this over the Apple TV tbh

    • TesticularFortitude

      Stop being a douche. More options doesn’t equate to anything. The nexus Q had “more options” too and we see what happened there. And the UI looks worse than my Tandy 1000. If you think getting up off the couch to touch my phone to the unit just to connect to the thing is a useful option, you’re even dumber than originally thought.

      • Tr1pTr0p

        Pairing it requires NFC contact, which happens only once. And I’m the dumb one? OK.

    • Mr. E

      I think you’re on the wrong blog buddy :)

      • Tr1pTr0p

        As long as I have an iPhone, I’ll stick around.

    • http://twitter.com/doubleaa25 Adham

      I found Android phones to have more options but still hate it.

      When I was in the market for a new smartphone I tested out my friend’s Android phone two years ago (don’t remember the name, but was the best phone on the market, a Nexus I believe). It lagged like crazy, and my friend had only purchased the phone a week prior.

      Test out an iPhone and it works like a charm.

      My point: Yea, Samsung may be putting newer hardware in their phones, but that is only because the OS is unable to manage resources as great as an iOS device (why do you think they still have dual cores?)

      • Tr1pTr0p

        You don’t see me saying how shitty the 3GS was, so why even bother bringing up Android phones from two years ago? The Galaxy S3 easily outperforms my 4S in almost every aspect.

      • Dan

        Don’t bother arguing with these people. They won’t give a chance to anything that is not branded by Apple. I have a Galaxy note 2, no lag at all here.

      • Leo

        i have a Gs note 2 and it lagged and trade it for the iphone 5.. im new on the tech world by the way..

      • Dan

        Not sure what you did to it but mine works perfectly. Smoothest phone I’ve ever used.

      • http://twitter.com/doubleaa25 Adham

        You are just proving my point exactly. Maybe I wasn’t as clear…

        Why does the S3 run smooth? It has a quad-core. I find the 4S to run just as smooth and it has a dual core.

        I won’t deny Android has tons more features then iOS, but it is built on a poor framework.

      • Tr1pTr0p

        This incredibly crappy and cheap thing runs Android 2.2. on a slow single core processor, and still it doesn’t lag at all.
        cl (dot) ly/NA3T (Download it, instead of viewing it in your browser.)

        You are wrong and your point is moot.

      • http://twitter.com/Chindavon Chindavon

        Couldn’t agree more. Used it for a day and hated it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      and it sucks

    • http://www.facebook.com/raaed.rizza.7 Raaed Rizza

      samsung will never stop copying apple, and the same goes to google. the only thing they do is better hardware but no1 would be able to match apple’s software/ OS

      • Tr1pTr0p

        Are you from the future? Then spare us the nonsense. Also, this copying thing you’re talking about is false, as Apple has been the copycat for the past 3+ years.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513117907 Bennett Newsome

    Garbage…

  • http://twitter.com/patrickw1995 Patrick

    again perfect example of how crap Samsung is and how much of its products are made by copying apple and again its rubbish compered to apple’s one

    • http://www.facebook.com/bunna.chea.5 Bunna Chea

      Rubbish but the galaxy line up is much more better than iphone. Dont you feel that a 650 smart phone suppose to at least let you watch video in 720p resolution, be able to customize the way you want, be able to expand your storage, built in NFC and many more feature that are actually up to date with the current technology. Iphone on the other han, beside the outside look, has been the same since steve job introduce it 4 or 5 years ago. There has not much innovation since Jobs died. So what better of a phone is that. Spending 650 dollar for a technology that you can get with iphone 4 or 4s with far less money. Im not android fan either because im still using an iphone 4s. So stop beiing ignorant and open your eyes

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        ^^^1000000% BS

      • Tr1pTr0p

        You do realize those ˆˆˆ are pointing at your username? It wouldn’t hurt for you to follow that advice and actually open your eyes.

      • http://www.facebook.com/bunna.chea.5 Bunna Chea

        Bs just like you joe. Open your eye and Admit that apple is lacking behind on newer technology.

  • FlamingOzone

    Hi Samsung homesync
    How are you doing?

    • AforAppleAforAndoid

      nothing. just sitting on shelves.

      -Samsung homesync

  • Dan

    Definitely interested. One drawback I could not get over with Apple tv is the fact you could not plug in a usb drive.

    • http://www.facebook.com/raaed.rizza.7 Raaed Rizza

      you do not need a usb drive, its been over a year since i last used one

      • Dan

        I use them. I have poor wifi reception from my living room to my computer room. I prefer to connect my external hard drive to my media streamer. Apple does not let me do that unfortunately. Sadly that’s Apple for you. .. They decide for you thus alienate potential customers :(

    • http://twitter.com/Chindavon Chindavon

      People still use USB drives??

      • Dan

        External hard drives are still common of course.

      • Z3r0ViP

        Where are you from? Mars?

      • http://twitter.com/Chindavon Chindavon

        I use free storage from the cloud (dropbox, etc.). Haven’t had to carry around my USB stick on my keychain for quite some time now.

      • Z3r0ViP

        Agree, cloud storage is awesome for documents and light-weight stuff. But USB is very hand when it comes to movies, games, vidoes, music. You dont have to wait for an hour just waiting for those stuff to be uploaded and download those 10 Gigs movies. Also, it’s great to see people being nice in the comment section for once C:

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    android TV lol

  • yim keorithy

    I wonder why u guy hate Android so much. I once had an S2 before getting the 4s and now change to the iphone 5. The point is, Android give you a lot of customization comparing to the ios which give you almost nothing. But Android always lagged and stuck sometime. there are not many app to play around with. The Google play is full of crap. I dont hate Android but i hate Samsung which try to copy Apple is almost every aspect. Well, their design are crap to me. Just trying to make some points here

  • girish

    samsung doesnt have any originality,,,

    thats y they wil always be known as thieves,,,for stealing other product ideas which already do good in market,,,

    apple have iphone,ipad,appletv which they had put in market years before SGH

    SGH have galaxy s3,galaxy tabs,,nw this homesync…

    nw SGH wil wait for apple to launch another product,,if it do good in market,,

    then SGH also wil launch 1!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/eliran.mazor.1 Eliran Mazor

    Apple TV worth zero without jb . That’s why atv2 is sold so expensive . Same foes to Samsung if xbmc won’t work no one will buy it but if it will or will kill all products around it