Samsung HomeSync (Android) TV Box

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  1. Explicitic, Feb 24, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2013

    Explicitic macrumors 6502

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    Specs:
    -1.7GHz Dual-Core CPU
    -Jelly Bean
    -USB 3.0
    -1080p
    -Streaming from Galaxy Devices
    -1GB RAM
    -8GB Flash Memory
    -1TB HDD
    -BT 4.0
    -802.11n 2.4/5GHz (WiFi)
    -Gigabit Ethernet
    -Optical Audio
    -HDMI 1.4
    -Supports up to eight individual password-protected and encrypted user accounts
    -Access to Play Store
    -Supports Remote Control from Phone
    -Available in April 2013 in the United States
    -Codec support:
    -Video
    [H.264, H.263, MPEG4, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, WMV7/8, MP43, VP8, DivX]
    -Audio
    [MP3, AAC LC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA 9std/10pro/Lossless, FLAC, Vorbis, AMR-NB/WB, Wav, Mid, AC-3]
    http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/24/samsung-homesync-android-set-top-box/

    I will definitely purchase one of these if they are priced under $200. Anyone else think this will be an Apple TV competitor? Hopefully they are under $200 so I can pick one up and slap some XBMC on it.
     
  2. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    Seems like it could be better than a console. Play some games on your TV with the phone as the controller.

    Apple really needs to allow the app store to access the app store.
     
  3. siiip5 macrumors 6502

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    Well, looks like I won't be getting another Roku. This will go perfect with my Samsung Smart TV.
     
  4. JaySoul macrumors 68020

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    Damn. That's impressive.

    It's like those WD drives on steroids.

    If the price was right, I'd be seriously tempted.
     
  5. trustever macrumors 6502

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    I like also the slick design.. Sounds an intersting product, hopefuly will be availabe in UK in April..!
     
  6. Monssef macrumors member

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    Does it work only with samsung smartphone or can be used like the other android boxes with the mouse and keyboard?
     
  7. lympero macrumors 6502a

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    Will I be able to install xbmc? If yes then it's the prefect device for me! Can't wait!
     
  8. theluggage macrumors 68030

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    $200 is a bit ambitious if it has a 1TB HDD (maybe not impossible, though...)

    Apple TV competitor? Apple TV will probably be about half the price and is very attractive to anybody who has an iTunes library on their computer, or wants to stream from their iPad to the telly.

    This, on the other hand, sounds as if it could actually act as your home media server. Question is, whether they can come up with something as easy to use - DLNA is a can of worms although I have had some luck using it to stream video from my Samsung phone to my telly (many Smart TVs, BD Players and PVRs can be used in DLNA rendering mode).

    http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=XBMC_for_Android_specific_FAQ

    PLEX sounds as if it is a bit further along: http://www.plexapp.com/mobile/index.php

    Wake me up if someone gets MythTV (even the front end) running on this!

    ...although if it's XBMC you want, and you don't mind a bit of techy fiddling, the Raspberry Pi works amazingly well with XBMC.
     
  9. Explicitic thread starter macrumors 6502

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    This is an Android device so I don't see why not.
     

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