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Samsung HomeSync media hub adds support for several non-Samsung devices
The Samsung HomeSync was first announced back in January of this year and was finally released in October for the relatively steep price of $299.
Like the Galaxy Gear, the HomeSync is a hard sell due to arguably limited features and the fact it works only with select Samsung-branded smartphones. The good news is that Samsung now seems to understand that limiting device support for the HomeSync was a bad idea.
Thanks to a new update to the Home Sync’s Google Play app, several non-Samsung Android devices now support the media hub. Some of the supported handsets now include the HTC One, Sony Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, LG Optimus G Pro and the Nexus 4. The list is expected to continue to grow over time.
Not surprisingly, Samsung does indicate that non-Samsung devices may have “limited access to some functions”, though they don’t specify exactly what this means.
Is the Samsung HomeSync worth picking up? Honestly that depends on your wants and needs. The reality is that there are many cheaper media players out there including the Chromecast, or even full Android-powered set-top boxes for well under $150.
Ultimately, the Samsung HomeSync is meant for Samsung fans that want a wide selection of Android apps and 1TB of local storage. The fact that Samsung is expanding support for the box also means that families with multiple Android devices may find the HomeSync is the perfect solution for centrally storing movies and photos.
What do you think of the Samsung HomeSync, worth $299 or not?