Plex has added App Shortcuts and other features to their Android app in a recent update that they've begun to send out to users. While the update has started rolling out to users as of yesterday, it's entirely possible that not all users will have received the update yet. If you have update notifications turned off then it's also possible you may have overlooked the update availability and you can check by going into your My Apps section of the Play Store, where it should be listed if it's there. Alternatively you can also download the APK for the new version of Plex for Android from the buttons below in both arm and arm64 options.
If you're planning on installing the update or you already have, what you're looking forward to in addition to the app shortcuts which will only work if you have Android 7.1 installed on your device, is the ability to now listen to music in the original quality of the files after you sync it with the app. If you're big on music then this might just be the best new feature of the bunch. Alongside these two changes Plex for Android also has a new preference option that allows users to disable AirPlay players that are connected to the network.
For Android TV users of Plex for Android, there is now option to hide both the Next and Previous buttons on preplays, though it's noted that this option is only available when there are no siblings available. That rounds out the changes for the app when it comes to actual new features and adjustments, but there are also a lot of new fixes and performance improvements that have been added in with this version of the app too, for both the Android app and the Android TV version. This includes a fix for the potential app crashing when marshmallow and above devices would request storage permissions, and seeing as how the app needs these permissions to operate it could easily become a fairly big problem for users. There's also a fix for random crashes that would pop up during a sync that was taking an extended period of time which could result in having to start the sync all over, and a handful of fixes for Android TV like issue with the photo player where it would play 5 seconds of video then immediately move forward to the next item.