Watching the HomeSync tube

BARCELONA, Spain--At MWC 2013, Samsung announced its HomeSync media hub, which incorporates an Android Jelly Bean interface on your TV that you can control with your Galaxy handset.

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Compact and simple

The Samsung HomeSync is packaged in a minimalistic glossy black box. When placed on a flat counter top, it sits at a slight upward angle.

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Getting connected

On the back are several output connections, which include an Ethernet port, a digital audio port, two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, a Micro-USB port, and finally a port for power.

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Powering the HomeSync

The device has a 1TB capacity, and is powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core processor.

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The other black box

Seen as Samsung's answer to Apple TV, HomeSync can mirror the phone's display onto your TV, access cloud files, and you can get eight accounts onto the device for other family members.

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Viewing the photo gallery

Here, photos saved on a Galaxy handset are viewed through the TV.

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Android apps on your TV

You can access the same apps that appear in your handset -- some of which include Google Play and Music, your photo gallery, YouTube, and the Web browser.

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