Plex, a popular app for streaming media from your personal computer or server to a smartphone, tablet or other device, has been updated (via Android Police) with support for playlists, improved usability of play queues, bigger art and a dismiss button for playback notifications, the ability to play unwatched TV shows and seasons by default, option to play episodes from On Deck continuously and more.

The update also includes improved image cache that is optimized for network usage and several bug fixes related to crashes, linking schemes, syncing, offline mode, photo album playback and the various in-app actions. The latest version of Plex is rolling out now on the Play Store for Android and Android TV.

Plex for Android is $4.99 and Plex for Plex Pass is free with a Pass subscription on the Play Store. The new features and bug fixes have been pushed to both apps.

Plex for Android v3.7.1.286 Changelog

  • Support for playlists (mobile layout and Android TV 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 corresponing 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
  • 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’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
  • TV layout:
    • 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
  • FirePhone: Fix crash when opening items through home widget

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