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Plex

by Plex, Inc.
Platform: Android Rated: All Ages
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (356 customer reviews)

List Price: $4.99
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Latest Updates

What's new in version 3.2.13.122
  • v3.2.13
  • - [TV] Support media control buttons for audio player
  • - [TV] Fix issue when returning to audio player via "Now Playing"
  • - [TV] Improved quality of background artwork
  • - Lots more fixes, read about them here: https://forums.plex.tv/index.php/topic/60585-plex-for-android/?p=628687

Product Details

  • ASIN: B004Y1WCDE
  • Original Release Date: April 27, 2011
  • Rated: All Ages This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (356 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7 Paid in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Paid in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • Interact with your home computer's Plex Media Server
  • View your photos and streaming videos
  • Listen to your music library
  • Get to your favorite online content through one of 100s of available Plex channels

Product Description

Plex organizes all of your personal media, wherever you keep it, so you can enjoy it on any device. With Plex, you can easily stream your videos, music, photos and home movies to your Android device from your home computer running Plex Media Server (available for free at https://plex.tv).

- Plex makes your media beautiful with rich descriptions, artwork, and other related information.
- Plex automatically converts your media on-the-fly to play on any device.
- Easily share your media with friends and family.
- Browse, fling and control your media on any Plex-enabled device.
- Sync media to your phone or tablet for offline viewing (Plex Pass)
- Sync media to your favorite cloud provider including Google Drive, Dropbox, and Box, so you can stream media even when your server is offline (Plex Pass)
- Access a wide range of online channels such as TED, Revision3, and TWiT.
- Queue online videos from sites like Vimeo and YouTube and watch them later on any device.

With Plex, your media universe is constantly expanding. Getting up and running is easy, so start now!

NOTE: YOU MUST HAVE A PLEX MEDIA SERVER (AVAILABLE FOR FREE AT https://plex.tv/downloads) INSTALLED AND RUNNING TO STREAM LOCAL MEDIA. VERSION 0.9.8.14 OR HIGHER IS REQUIRED. DRM-protected content (such as video from the iTunes store), ISO disc images, and VIDEO_TS folders are not supported.

Developer Info
Makers of the widely acclaimed media center software for Mac, PC, Android, iOS and other platforms.

http://www.plexapp.com

Technical Details

  • Size: 4.3MB
  • Version: 3.2.13.122
  • Developed By: Plex, Inc.
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Enter Wi-Fi Multicast mode
    • Open network sockets
    • Write to external storage
    • Read the low-level system log files
    • Access information about Wi-Fi networks
    • Access the list of accounts in the Accounts Service
    • Access information about networks
    • PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
    • Allows an application to receive messages via Google Cloud Messaging
  • Minimum Operating System: Android 3.2
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 1 minute

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
First let me say that I've tried numerous apps to stream music and video. There was always an issue that made the apps less than stellar. Plex gives me 99% of what I want!

Positives
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- Stream movies and videos to iPhone and Android tablet (HP Touchpad running CyanogenMod 9)
- Integrates with iTunes so that my 120GB music database can be played anywhere
- iTunes playlists on home PC are seen with Plex client so I can easily stream music while driving (no more Pandora, Spotify, etc.)
- Plex client login allows you to see all of your libraries automatically, no matter what device you are using
- Plex app for Roku so that I can stream home videos, movies, music to TVs. You can take this little box with you on vacation, hook it to a TV, connect via integrated WiFi and have access to all of your multimedia just as if you were home as well as NetFlix and other apps.
- Integrated database populates the metadata for music and movies instantly. No need to use a metadata manager.
- TV Show series look great and contain all of the info about each episode.
- The quality of the videos can be adjusted automatically or manually based on your connection speed so you can stream over 3G or slow WiFi connections.
- DLNA support in latest beta.
- You can share your libraries with other Plex friends.

Negatives
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- Kindle Fire performance is poor. You can make some changes to the Plex settings to improve quality. I got my son's to work pretty well. Search the Plex forum for "kindle fire" to get info on this.
- No social network integration
- You really need to be on a 192.168.x.x network for stuff to work correctly. This was an issue for me but I bit the bullet and moved everything over.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Current Version in play store March 13, 2014
By D Boy
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Please update the app to the same version in the Google Play Store. The app in the play store currently supports chromecast streaming and this old version does not. 5 stars once you update the app to the current version. The version in the Google Play Store is 3.28.109 and this is the current version with Chromecast support.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Needs a fast processor? May 23, 2011
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This is a great implementation, but I find the video performance to be lacklustre on my Optimus T. This only has a 600mhz processor so I suspect a 1Ghz processor or above really gets the best out of this. I tried the 'lower color, more speed' option but it didn't do great. I still need to get some time to optimize it.

I'd love to see an addition where the plex app on the phone can act as a remote for Plex on the TV.

The only app I've actually paid for so far.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great before! Mind-Blowing After Update!! April 29, 2011
The Plex devs are an incredible team and continue to amaze me. I've been an avid Plex user for the last few years and in the past year they have come a long way. They seem to innovate day in and day out. I own the plex app for my iPod, iPad, and my HTC Evo. All work flawlessly!

The Android app works better than ever after the most recent update and has also been given a huge face lift. It's gorgeous to look at. Now I use my phone as a full time remote and media browser. It's awesome to be able to control the media center from my phone. A huge thank you to the devs!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I'm not sure if this is an Amazon issue, or a Plex issue, but the version here on Amazon has not been updated while new versions are being released on Google Play. The missing updates contain fixes for ChromeCast and newer versions of Android. It's also interesting that it has been on sale here on Amazon for a while, but not on Google Play. You might want to consider avoiding the Amazon version until it becomes clear what's happening here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Media Server App November 10, 2013
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Plex is an outstanding solution for people looking to host their own media server with access available to other networked devices in their homes. I use it to stream movies to smartphones, tablets, and gaming consoles. This app allows me to do the same with my Kindle Fire HD 7". There are a few things to note about using the Plex media server, however.

1 - your server needs to be powerful enough to handle the streaming load, ie to transfer the video and convert it on the fly to a media type your devices can handle. A lot of people complaining about Plex don't realize that streaming/converting a large .mkv file on the fly to devices that support .mp4 playback is intensive for most machines. I run an i7 with 8 gbs of ram and it can get bogged down if I'm streaming to more than 1 device. I spend time converting all my files to HD .mp4 android standard. This makes streaming a breeze to multiple sources at the same time.
2 - your network needs to be stable and fast...If you plex server is connected via wifi, you will likely experience delays in streaming when converting formats. I run a gigabit wireless router and, again, can experience hicccups. When I connect the server directly (rj-45) rather than via wifi, the hiccups disappear.

If you take care of these two things, I think many will find that the Plex services improve exponentially. As for this app, the Kindle store version is good, but not as up to date as the Google Play version. For example, I have purchased a new Kindle HDX 8.9" and it's still not compatible with this app on the Kindle app store. However, I know the Plex app is fine on large tablets because I run the same version on my older Asus Transformer. It's this kind of inconsistency that bogs down the Kindle app store.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible experience
This app is useless. I installed Plex Server and pointed it at some of my media as a test run. I cannot view anything on my phone. Read more
Published 3 hours ago by Matthew Bledsoe
1.0 out of 5 stars the only player in the world which doesn't play local media files...
the only player in the world which doesn't play local media files !!!!!. It only works if you have the server on your PC running ...why ?
Published 3 hours ago by Khaled
4.0 out of 5 stars Great but missing basic a few things.
No option to set Plex server as a service. Every time I logged off my server Plex wouldn't work. I had to find instructions to add it as a service my self. Read more
Published 3 hours ago by Adam Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Plex just works.
Works perfectly with your Plex server! I can take my tablet anywhere and have easy access to all of my media!
Published 5 hours ago by Neil V. Norton
5.0 out of 5 stars Plex the saviour of Home Theatre
Very nice app to aggregate your movies and tv if you have huge collection of videos. Works nicely with all the players and mobile devices.
Published 9 hours ago by Raj
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT DOWNLOAD UPDATE!!!!
The first update released for the Plex app on the AFTV has killed all streaming video playback. Now any file I try to play from my Fire TV that is being stored locally on my PC now... Read more
Published 16 hours ago by Alexander R Sohn
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing app!
I just love this app! I'm using it with to stream media to my Chromecast. It is very powerful and easy to use, has lovely look and feel, very customizable (posters, names, etc. Read more
Published 21 hours ago by Moshe B.
1.0 out of 5 stars Outdated version of the app
At the time of this review Amazon's version is 3.2.9.113 whereas the app on Google play is 3.2.13.122, Developers please update the app asap.
Published 23 hours ago by N. Muthugala
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazon's version is outdated!
At the time of review writing Amazon's version is 3.2.9.113 whereas the $5 app on Google play is 3.2.13. Read more
Published 1 day ago by rbhatta
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific & getting better
Plex is the single best app for any HTPC or 'smart' TV box (like Apple TV, roku, chromecast, or fireTV). Read more
Published 1 day ago by Evo Owner
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I noticed the app is a couple releases out of date...
It is actually now 4 releases out-of-date, as compared to the version that is available on Google Play. I don't know if this is an Amazon problem, or a Plex problem, but I have not been able to get any meaningful response in the Plex forums.

Update: The response I finally got is that it is... Read more
1 day ago by C. McLaughlin |  See all 4 posts
Using with FireTV & a Kindle Fire HDX and/or Macbook Pro?`
Download the free media server at http://plex.tv on your laptop. Point the server at your media on your NAS. Buy the Plex app for FireTV. Plenty of help available on the forums at htto://plex.tv.
12 days ago by Cayce Ullman |  See all 5 posts
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