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Plex

by Plex, Inc.
Rated: All Ages
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,796 customer reviews)

Price: $4.99
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
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Latest Updates

What's new in version 3.8.4.296
  • NEW
  • - Support for playlists (mobile layout only)
  • - Improved playback notifications, now with bigger art and dismiss (X) button
  • - Reorganize settings to show each category in a new page
  • - Improved usability of play queues:
  • - Current PQ is not erased anymore when the corresponding player exits
  • - Current PQ can be resumed by clicking on new action bar "now playing" icon
  • - New "now playing" dialog to select a PQ when multiple ones (audio, video, photo) available
  • - PQs are persisted so they can be restored when application starts
  • - Play unwatched TV shows and seasons by default. New "Play All" action implements the old behavior
  • - Play episodes from On Deck continuously
  • - Improved image cache that optimize network usage
  • - Added new "Extras" section to movie preplay screen
  • - Improve experience for shared users who are part of a Plex Home
  • - Improved string resources
  • FIXES
  • - Fix crash when opening an item whose media type can't be determined
  • - Fix crash attempting to create new Camera Upload library
  • - Fix a couple of crashes related to the app being taken to the background when a dialog is active
  • - Fix crash when disconnecting from a remote player with the play queue open
  • - Use correct link to plex.tv's "manage subscriptions" page in several dialogs
  • - Hide toolbar when no options available
  • - Fix bug where friend list didn't get updated after a "remove friend" operation
  • - Don't show "sync" action if item doesn't support it (e.g., because it's a channel)
  • - Remove dark gradient on top of album covers and posters
  • - Add overflow menu to cells in generic grids (channels, photo albums...)
  • - Don't hide toolbar in section screen after filter activated
  • - Improve handling of local (sync) files by experimental player
  • - Don't show 'mark as watched' action for library sections or music items
  • - Fix playback of photo albums using toolbar "Play" action
  • - Hide play/shuffle buttons for sync sections/artists/shows/seasons when in offline mode
  • - Make overflow icon easier to click in album tracks fragment
  • - Disable queue actions when remote controlling PQ-unaware player
  • - Prevent multiple instances of player activities after clicking playback notification
  • - Make skip to next/previous available when acting as remote player
  • - Fix layout problems in sync notifications
  • - Fix blank thumbs in playlist viewer when app just installed
  • - Fix layout problems in preplay screens in tablets
  • - Fix bug where movie section could be shown without play/shuffle toolbar actions
  • - Show only appropriate menu options when entering offline mode
  • - Added flag to remote player notifications to make them non dismissible
  • - Don't crash refreshing resources if "provides" attribute missing
  • - Fix crash showing dialog when activity state loaded after closing
  • - TV layout:
  • - Fix search function
  • - Remove gradient above label of recently added albums in the home screen
  • - Fix layout of episode preplay screen to prevent some fields being cut
  • - Ensure that manual entry of IPs allows periods in "manual connections" dialog
  • - Kindle Fire
  • - Default to native player because of playback issues with the experimental one
  • - FirePhone:
  • - Fix crash when opening items through home widget

Product Details

  • ASIN: B004Y1WCDE
  • Release Date: April 26, 2011
  • Rated: All Ages This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,796 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16 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 phone or tablet 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.

Technical Details

  • Size: 5.9MB
  • Version: 3.8.4.296
  • Developed By: Plex, Inc.
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Read from external storage
    • Enter Wi-Fi Multicast mode
    • Get notified that the operating system has finished booting
    • Open network sockets
    • Write to external storage
    • Access information about Wi-Fi networks
    • Access the list of accounts in the Accounts Service
    • Access information about networks
    • Record audio
    • 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
334 of 392 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.

Update as of 8/8/14: again, the Amazon version of this app is way behind the normal releases available on Google Play. In fact, it's now about 6 versions behind. The discussion in the Plex forums continues to point to Amazon as the bottleneck.

Update as of 12/28/14: The Amazon version is only at 3.6.3.269, while Google Play has been keeping up and is currently at version 3.8.3.295. And even though it's currently on sale for $2.41 on Amazon, it's only $1.99 on Google Play. Makes no sense to me.
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87 of 103 people found the following review helpful
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Updated (7/3/2014)

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, Android tablets (HP Touchpad running CyanogenMod 9, Kindle Fire HD, HP Slate) and HTC One phone (devices that I have)
- Integrates with iTunes so that my 120GB music database can be played anywhere
(I have moved to Subsonic for music streaming. It does a much better job with music. Perhaps one day Plex will be there as well.)
- iTunes playlists on home PC are seen with Plex client so I can easily stream music while driving (no more Pandora, Spotify, etc.)
(Yeah, still works, but it's not reliable.)
- 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.
(Just make sure that you are converting your files to something Roku likes. I tried the Amazon Fire TV and the video files that stream flawlessly under Roku were choppy with Amazon Fire TV and Plex.)
- 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.
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117 of 145 people found the following review helpful
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The Plex for Android is very nice application and it worked on my Android Nexus 5 device as expected.
But i am disappointed to find out that i had bought a paid app which is at least 2 version older than the one published on Google play store.
At least for paid app it is expected that their latest edition are available for sale on App store and not the old version.
I regularly check for update for the application after i purchased it, but there seems to be no plan to keep it updated with latest version on amazon app store.
Plex, Inc kindly update Plex for Android to the latest version on Amazon App store.
Is there any provision where i can ask for rebate and return my order for paid application on Amazon App Store?
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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This app hasn't been updated in a while, very old version. It's not being updated regularly, and it doesn't work well. The video freezes, it doesn't play properly, it doesn't support streaming HLS (like the Roku does) and Roku seems to do a much better job of playing streaming video. The Amazon Fire TV is probably better piece of hardware, but it's pure crap when it comes to playing video with Plex. The Plex App is terrible for the Amazon FireTV (has too many bugs, and isn't being updated regularly, this is mostly to blame on Amazon because it takes so long for the updated versions to get through Amazon's app process). The bug fixes are very slow (almost non-existent) for Amazon Fire TV, and it seems to really lag behind with very old versions of App software, and very buggy versions. Bug fixes never seem to get pushed to Amazon FireTV, and it just work well. I've been waiting for fixes for quite some time, to fix/stop the choppy video, and the constant "spinning wheel" as movies seem to stop mid-video, or pause. The videos work perfectly on my two other Roku's, but they just don't play well on either of my three Amazon FireTV's. I'm ready to give up on the Amazon FireTV. The Plex app just doesn't work well, and doesn't support streaming HLS content (like the Roku) and it seems to lock up frequently (after about 1-2 hours of watching videos, it gets warm/hot and seems to lock up or not function well). I've had to unplug the power on my Amazon FireTV sometimes 5-6 times per evening, just to watch 2-4 hours of shows/movies because it always locks up, and it often takes a power plug pull just to get it to reboot and the Plex App for Amazon FireTV is really buggy. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
OK
Published 4 hours ago by calvin
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs to get surround sound working
I'm not sure why FireTV Stick and Chromecast make it so difficult to play surround sound, but that's what is holding this app back. Read more
Published 9 hours ago by James Sabo
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it now.
Great software
Published 9 hours ago by Robert Vesely
4.0 out of 5 stars App costs add up if you aren't confined to a single ecosystem, but it...
Wish it didn't require the anal retentive file naming hierarchy, or the need to buy the client software for each and every different operating system (we've had to buy... Read more
Published 10 hours ago by Ms N. Boone
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great for home movie sharing.
Published 11 hours ago by Keith Crane
4.0 out of 5 stars Like the app
Like the app, which streams all my local digital copies of my DVDs. Was a little difficult to set up as I had a problem showing my library on my devices after the initial set up. Read more
Published 12 hours ago by RM-Turner
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Nothing compared do iOS or Android versions. Only bought it because had no alternative.
Published 1 day ago by Ferdinando F.
1.0 out of 5 stars New Fire tv but Plex is the old version. Should of Stayed with Roku.
This is an old version, For Roku the version is up to day and fresh, For Amazon Fire is is an old bad quality version. Read more
Published 1 day ago by loren vallier
1.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed with all the bugs
I got this app to play media from my plex server to my phone and to my chromecast. Very buggy and very large even over a good Wifi 802.11n network. Read more
Published 1 day ago by S Amison
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My number one recommended app!
Published 1 day ago by Anthony
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Simple Folder Locking in Plex?
You have to be a Plex Pass member to access those features. "Plex Home" is the feature you want.
Nov 25, 2014 by S. Salerno |  See all 8 posts
1st kindle fire
no
Nov 28, 2014 by Dan |  See all 2 posts
Since Plex is obviously not an option for Fire Stick
You can use Plex or side load XBMC (Kodi). Both work great on the FireTV Stick.
Nov 25, 2014 by S. Salerno |  See all 2 posts
Videos keep freezing
Yes. I have this problem everyday on my fire TV but not on any other platform. The app on the Amazon app store is many releases behind Google play and it needs to be updated soon. I am beginning to be sorry that I purchased lifetime plex pass with the fire TV because it is a disaster.
Sep 29, 2014 by A. Watson |  See all 2 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.
Apr 4, 2014 by Cayce Ullman |  See all 6 posts
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