Samsung to Let Non-Samsung Devices Use HomeSync
Samsung today announced that it is expanding the compatibility of its HomeSync storage device beyond its own hardware. Non-Samsung devices can download the HomeSync application from the Google Play Store and use that to interact with the HomeSync remotely. Previously, HomeSync compatibility was limited to just a handful of Samsung devices. The HomeSync includes 1TB of internal storage and connects to HDTVs via HDMI. HomeSync supports up to eight separate accounts and can be used to store music, videos, and photos, as well as play that content on an HDTV. The HomeSync also allows devices to access their stored content when they are away from home. Samsung HomeSync went on sale earlier this year. It costs $299.
Samsung to Pour Milk Video Down the Drain Nov. 20
Samsung today indicated via the Google Play Store that it will discontinue its Milk Video app and service for Android smartphones. "While we remain committed to providing premium entertainment services, we have decided to end support for the Samsung Milk Video app as of November 20, 2015," said Samsung.
Samsung Makes Its Secure Folder A Downloadable App
Samsung today released its Secure Folder through the Galaxy Apps Store. Secure Folder is a protected space for smartphones that can store files, documents, images, videos, or other content that the owner wishes to lock away.
Google Play Music to Be Default Music Player on All Samsung Devices
Google and Samsung today said starting with the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, Google Play Music will be the default music player and music service on Samsung phones and tablets globally. Consumers who buy the S8 or S8+ will receive a free three-month trial of Google Play Music, which offers ad-free access to some 40 million tracks.
Samsung Releases Game-Recording App
Samsung this month made available an app that smartphone owners can use to record their game play. Game Recorder+ lets users capture game play and face-cam commentary with one touch.
Google Play Music Searches Reveal Playable Results
Google has updated its Play Music app for Android devices and made it possible to play songs directly from search results. Now, when users search for a song, album, or artist, the top three results include a "play" button that lets them jump immediately to those songs.