Plex releases major update for Android TV & Chromecast

17 Jul 2015 | Rasmus Larsen |

Plex has released a major update for Android TV, Chromecast and Android phones. Besides a new design, Plex is adding a number of new features. Plex is also promising an update for iOS soon.

Updated for Android TV & Chromecast

Plex’s new design is based on Google's "Material Design" philosophy that was introduced as the design language for Android late last year. It is a flat modern look that does not seek to imitate the object in the real world.

On Android TV, Plex has added better filtering and sorting capabilities as well as a channel search feature. On Chromecast, Plex has added the option to adjust video quality and to change audio track and subtitles while playing a video.

Plex on Android TV
There are also a number of performance and bug fixes. We recently tested Plex on Nvidia Shield and found that support for 4K video was poor but the update does not seem to address these issues.

A big update for Apple iOS users is coming soon, says Plex.

- ”Aside to iOS: Dear iOS, we know it’s been a bit rough. Those long walks in the park and boomboxes underneath windows in the rain, well, it’s been a while. But soon, very soon, all the other mobile platforms are going to be very jealous. That’s right, we’re gonna put a ringtone on it.”

Changes in Plex 4.6:
  • Redesign preplay screens following Material Design guidelines.
  • [Android TV] Add the ability to filter and sort items within a library section
  • Improved format support
  • Improve playback of MP4s when using the Experimental Player.
  • Add support for multi-part video playback.
  • [Chromecast] Add ability to change quality and audio/subtitle during playback.
  • [Android TV] Enable support for searching channels.

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