Plex Media Streaming App for Android and iOS Gets a Huge Update

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Plex app for Android has been completely redesigned from scratch. After being in beta stage for several months, 3.0 version of the app has been released for existing Plex Android users on Google Play, as a free upgrade. If you are not already a PlexPass user, you can download the app for Rs. 268.21 from Google Play store. The company has also announced that the upgrade will be pushed to Google TV and to the Amazon app store, shortly.

Plex Media Streaming App for Android and iOS Gets a Huge Update

Note: The upgrade requires Android 3.2 or higher to run.

The existing Plex for PlexPass app (Beta) has will be left on Google play as it is and new PlexPass members can continue to get it for free. The app remains restricted to PlexPass members only.

The redesigned app offers more completely redesigned User Interface, PlexSync support and faster access to libraries. The remote control functionality has been split into two parts - "flinging" media and play controls, and then the "classic" navigation buttons. The Android widget of the remote control has been added to the app with a new patch. Apart from these changes, bug fixes such as network discovery issue for remote players, issue accessing servers published on port 443, issue playing some channel content remotely, issue which caused Google Cloud Messaging to use excessive battery has been fixed.

The Plex app for iOS has also been updated. Plex now uses paging when requesting content from media servers, resulting in much faster section loading and filtering. Users can now remotely start and control playback on their iOS devices from other Plex apps on their network. The app will now alert you if you attempt to play content which is missing or unavailable.

The update also brings several fixes to bugs including a bug that could cause all content to be deleted when syncing over a poor network connection, a bug that caused malfunctioning of Retry Sync button. Now, all of the disk space is released when deleting the last sync item, MOV files with MP3 audio now use the transcoder to ensure successful playback. Apart from these changes, many performance and reliability improvements have been implemented to the sync feature. The app is available for download at iTunes store for $ 4.99 (Rs.280.59 approximately).

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