HomeSync

Samsung is introducing a new product that will bring greater innovation to mobile devices.
HomeSync is a cloud storage device you can use at home. You can save photos and videos that are in your mobile devices then enjoy them anywhere, anytime. You can also connect HomeSync to your TV to watch its content on TV. Because it is based on Android (Jelly Bean), it lets you install and run Android applications. With mobile devices connected to HomeSync, you can control the HomeSync screen displayed on TV at home.

Introducing Samsung HomeSync

Home Cloud Accessible Anywhere, Anytime

Save your data at home and share it easily.
HomeSync is a network storage device with 1TB HDD inside(910GB available). If you register your mobile devices and HomeSync in your Samsung account, you can access HomeSync from your mobile devices anytime to upload or download data. With one ID, you can register up to 6 devices, including HomeSync. So, you can easily share data among your devices. You can also register up to 7 different IDs so that the whole family can save and share data together. This means that you and the people you allow can enjoy the content saved in HomeSync from their own mobile devices. They can also enjoy the content from multimedia devices connect to HomeSync, such as TVs or monitors with HDMI port at home.

Home Cloud Accessible Anywhere, Anytime

Android Media Center at Home

Enjoy Android on TV. Because HomeSync is based on Android Jelly Bean, it lets you use various services provided by Google and Samsung. It ships with many built-in Android-based services from Samsung, such as Samsung Apps, Media Hub or Video Hub, as well as Google services, such as Google Play and YouTube. You can control the HomeSync display on the screen at home with HomeSync controller mode from the HomeSync application. You can also enjoy the content in HomeSync through many multimedia devices at home by connecting HomeSync to your TV or monitor with an HDMI cable, or to your music players through an optical audio port.

Android Media Center at Home

Various Controller Modes Supported

Through the HomeSync app, you can remote control the screen of HomeSync. HomeSync supports many control modes as listed below.

  • Button Mode: 4-directional control mode.
  • Cursor Mode: A control method similar to the touch pad of a laptop. Touch the screen of a device to control the cursor on the screen.
  • Mirror Mouse: Controls by mirroring the TV screen on the device.
  • Remote Mouse: Senses the movement of a device through its geomagnetic sensor and accelerometer sensor, and controls the cursor on the screen. (Phone-type devices supported)
  • QWERTY Mode: Lets you enter text on the TV screen with a QWERTY keyboard that automatically appears on the device control screen.
Various Controller Modes Supported

Powerful Hardware & Software

HomeSync has great hardware performance with its built-in 1.7 GHz Dualcore CPU and 2 GB RAM. It is great for playing multimedia content as it supports many codecs.

Powerful Hardware & Software
Design
Dimension (WxHxD) 183.3 x 135.8 x 29.9mm
Weight 740g
Platform
Operation System Android JellyBean v4.2.2
Color+
Black
Processor
Exynos 5250, 1.7GHz Dual-core
Memory ▲
Built-in Memory RAM: 2GB DDR3 (ROM: 8GB)
Storage ▲
1TB HDD 910GB Available for users
Internet Tool
Play Store™ Yes
YouTube™ Yes (for TV)
Special Features
Home cloud service Yes
Multiple user management Yes
Easy set up with the NFC feature Yes
Automatic uploading Yes
Media playback at large screens Yes
Screen mirroring# Yes
Easy control with the HomeSync application Yes
Video
Video Play Format H.263 , H.264, MPEG4, DivX, WMV7/8, VC-1
Audio Play Format MP3, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, AC3, FLAC, WAV, MID, WMA9 standard, 10 pro, Lossless, DTS
Video 1080p (video out)
Connectivity
Connectivity Support Gigabit Ethernet, Wifi , BT 4.0, USB 3.0, Micro USB, HDMI Out, Optical Audio Out, NFC Tag

App Development Reference

Please refer to the below information about Android app development for HomeSync. It differs from regular mobile devices due to the nature of remote controlling with a smart TV. Please note that HomeSync is defined as a "faketouch" device instead of a touchscreen device. (Please refer to No. 4 and No. 5.)

  1. OS : 4.2.2 Jelly Bean MR1 (API Level 17)
  2. Resolution :
    • Full screen : 1920x1080 (sw540dp)
    • App Area (Hidden status bar): 1920 x 1008 (sw540dp)
  3. Density : xhdpi
  4. Features that HomeSync supports :
    • android.hardware.audio.low_latency
    • android.hardware.bluetooth
    • android.hardware.faketouch
    • android.hardware.faketouch.multitouch.distinct
    • android.hardware.location
    • android.hardware.location.network
    • android.hardware.screen.landscape
    • android.hardware.type.television
    • android.hardware.usb.accessory
    • android.hardware.usb.host
    • android.hardware.wifi
    • android.hardware.wifi.direct
  5. Features that HomeSync does NOT support :
    • android.hardware.camera
    • android.hardware.location.gps
    • android.hardware.nfc
    • android.hardware.microphone
    • android.hardware.screen.portrait
    • android.hardware.touchscreen
    • android.hardware.sensor.xxx.

    If your application has any of above features in a uses-feature tag in the Android manifest file, those should be either removed or set to not-required by adding the 'required="false"' property, in order to be installable in the Play Store.
    e.g.) Before: <uses-feature android:name="android.hardware.camera" />
            After: <uses-feature android:name="android.hardware.camera" android:required="false" /> 

    It is worth mentioning touchscreen and faketouch more in detail. Touchscreen feature has to be set as not-required, since omitting the touchscreen feature is regarded as the feature is required.
    Additionally, in your manifest file, faketouch feature would better be defined and set as required. This will indicate that your application explicitly requires at least faketouch UI.

    Before : <uses-feature android:name="android.hardware.touchscreen" />
    After : <uses-feature android:name="android.hardware.touchscreen" android:required="false" />
              <uses-feature android:name="android.hardware.faketouch" android:required="true" />

  6. OpenGL ES version :
    • reqGlEsVersion=0x20000
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