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Major updates to our Android app!

03.27.15 107 Comments

It’s been a few months since we last visited with Android, and we’d like to let you know about a major new release we just made. That’s right, our app has turned the big 4.0 (or 4.0.1, counting a few bug-fixes)! Long out of nappies, it won’t be long before it’s doing bong hits out of a dorm room.

We’re quite taken with Android’s Material design, so you’ll see lots of beautiful new design upgrades inside the mobile app, and a completely redesigned home screen. One of the most highly requested features since we launched the new app has been a first-class experience for shared (and now Plex Home) users, and we’re thrilled to bring that to you today. The redesign also brings the app closer in line to our new modern interface, featuring simplified server selection and easy discovery of content in your library.

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Next up, we’ve added full support for Plex Home to the mobile app, which means you can easily switch between users in your Home and use PIN protection on your account. Make managed users for your kids to use, but please, please, don’t let them watch any of Krieger’s videos.

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We’ve also (finally!) graduated the Android TV app from the Plex Pass preview period! You can still access the app for free with a Plex Pass, but those without a subscription can also activate with a one-time in-app purchase. One reported issue on the Android TV was media stuttering or pausing during playback, and after much research, we’ve added a new experimental video player which should resolve the issue.

As always with this sort of platform specific update, we run the risk that everyone using a different platform will immediately take this as a sign that we’ve completely abandoned all other work. Forever. Rest assured, dear Plex lovers, this is absolutely not the case, and we continue to work hard to bring consistency, stability, feature parity, and beautiful design to all our apps!

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Brand New Plex App on the Platform of the People

02.24.15 207 Comments

As you all know, we’ve been working tirelessly to bring Plex to every last screen on the planet. Like, tirelessly. As in not resting. And honestly, we thought we were doing pretty well, until we were playing beer pong with Dennis Rodman (long story), and he let slip that North Korea was working on a secret new TV setthe Eong Teoliand was shopping around for a media app.

One long flight to Pyongyang later (the Macadamia nuts were both amazing and plated), a friendly game of hoops, and a thumb war later, the deal was in the bag. We realize this won’t be an option for many of our users, but it opens up an important new market for us, so we’re incredibly excited to be able to show you the first image ever seen of this revolutionary TV set.

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So what does the app look like on the Eong Teoli? In a word, priceless.

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Actually, I have a rather embarrassing admission to make. That screenshot is not actually from the 엉터리 9000, and no, Kim/Dennis, we don’t have an estimate for when the app will be ready. It’s sort of a company policy that we don’t talk about release schedules ahead of time.

We do have some news to share today that may be interesting to a few more of you, however. There’s another platform that’s near and dear to our hearts: it’s our original “connected device,” one of our most popular clients of all time, and to this day one of the easiest to pick up, plug in, and get streaming with your favorite media. That platform, of course, is the Roku.

It’s quite easy to get an app up and running on the Roku, but to do something unique and special? That takes a lot of skill and dedication.

We’ve said it before, but we really do have the best community of users that we could possible ask for. Once in a while an exceptional talent appears and creates something great. That was the case with Rob and his Rarflix fork of our official Roku channel. Naturally, our first inclination was to hire him so we could crush his creativity and can-do spirit. But after that urge passed, we let him loose on the amazing next-generation Plex for Roku app. And today, dear reader, you can take it for a spin.

We’ve made it available as a Plex Pass preview private Roku channel, after which it’ll be available for everyone. You can run the preview channel alongside the official one, as we add the remaining features. As usual, here’s a quick FAQ on the release:

Holy holstein that looks amazing. We know, right?! Wait until you see how fast and smooth it is. And that’s not a question.

What’s supported? Video and music playback. Our awesome new discovery interface. Cinema Trailers. Plex Companion (remote control). Plex Home.

What’s not yet supported? Photos, playlists, search, SD resolution support, and channels are coming soon.

So, what Roku models are supported, then? Roku 1/2/3, Roku Stick, and Roku TV.

Will I have to buy the app if I purchased it in the past? Nope! Once the preview period ends, existing users will automatically get the updated app.

Okay, that’s all awesome! How do I get the preview release? Follow these simple steps:

  1. Log into your Roku account at https://owner.roku.com/add/PlexPass
  2. Press the “Yes, Add Channel” button
  3. Return to your Roku and visit ‘Settings > System > System Update’
  4. Choose “Check Now” to (force) update the channels on your Roku
  5. Enjoy!

And here are some more screenshots to get you really excited:

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Barkley considers himself a huge fan of the Roku.

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