Every time I convince myself the standalone digital media receiver is dead, some Consumer Electronics company pops up with the next big thing. Today, it's the turn of Samsung who have unveiled the Android-based HomeSync – a 1TB, Android-powered set top box designed to to push media to your big screen TV… and a whole lot more.
Hiding in the dinky little box is a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, and with the latest Android Jelly Bean OS on board, you'll have access not only to your own content stored on the hard drive and your network, but to a wealth of content (music, video and apps) courtesy of the Google Play store. Eight individual accounts are supported, so each family member can upload, download or share their own personal content as they wish – password-protected user accounts allow storage to be segmented alongside shared space.
Specs as follows (courtesy of Samsung):
So, if you still haven't picked up that Connected TV, or you have and its app support isn't up to scratch, then you may want to take a look at HomeSync, shipping in selected countries in April before rolling out globally later in the year.