Plex today announced an update for its Android app that brings with it several improvements and new features. The update, which bumps the app to version is available on the Play Store now. One much welcomed change for mobile users is that there is now a “jump to letter” feature to make scrolling much faster within the library.

For Android TV users, Plex now includes “Watch Later” and “Recommended” sections on the home screen, as well as support for channels. Other changes include Plex Home support for managed users and faster user switching, while slideshows now loop back to the beginning when they end.

There are also, of course, a host of bug fixes and performance enhancements, all of which can be seen below. The update is available now on the Play Store. The APK file can also be downloaded from Plex’s website here, as long as you’re a Plex Pass subscriber.

NEW: – [Mobile] ‘Jump to letter’ fast scroll for library sections. – [TV layout] Plex Home support for managed users and fast user switching. – [TV layout] Add ‘recommend’ action to channel videos. – [TV] Slideshows now go back to the first photo after they’re complete, making it easier for them to be played again. – [Android TV] Add ‘Watch later’ and ‘Recommended’ content to the home screen. – [Android TV] Add support for channels.

FIXES: – Fix some memory leaks (which mainly affected the Android TV app). – Improve user experience when selected server becomes unreachable. – Exclude servers on the local network from the location menu if they’re part of a different Plex Home. – Add advanced video preference to override recommended H264 maximum level. – Small tweaks to the ‘Already paid?’ dialog to make it clearer and more concise. – Don’t show ‘Sync’ option if current user not allowed to sync by the Home admin. – Fix crash when scrolling through movie extras after the device has been rotated. – Fix crash at the end of the in-app purchase flow. – Ensure that we continue to show audio player position, even when paused. – Update music transcoder to use the latest and greatest. – Ensure that Android TV interface isn’t launched on devices that don’t support it. – [TV layout] Fix issue with remote control menu button not showing options menu. – [TV layout] Make sure home screen sections are correctly populated when the app launches. – [Android TV] Fix navigation on artist details screen. – [Android TV] Improve the way we deal with long titles in alert dialogs. – [Android TV] Resolve issue when seeking video and player controls used to jump position. – [Android TV] Show poster instead of episode thumb for home screen recommended items. – [Android TV] Fix background artwork being cleared during navigation. – [Android TV] Fix bug where local servers weren’t discovered if user wasn’t signed in. – [Android TV] Make sure focus behaves correctly in movie preplay when there are no extras.

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