Plex App Gets New Features On Android & Android TV

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Plex for Android received a new software update earlier this week, pushing the application to version 5.7.0. The latest update brings a couple of new functionalities to both the Android OS and Android TV versions of the app, including the addition of usage statistics for Android TV, and new “Forgot Password” links on the sign-in screen for the mobile Android application.

According to the official change log on the Google Play Store, Plex version 5.7.0 introduces a “Play Next” action in the context menu of “Play Queue” items, and improves upon error messages designed to occur when attempting to open an already deleted item. For Android TV specifically, the latest update introduces “Usage statistics” on the settings screen, and furthermore, it adds the ability to hide the title of photos in grids. Moving on to the Android mobile side of things in particular, Plex version 5.7.0 brings a quality of life improvement for customers attempting to log in with their accounts, as a new “Forgot Password” link has been added on the sign-in screen. As usual, Plex users can head down to the Google Play Store for more details and for an “update” button to the latest version. However, keep in mind that the update applies only to the Android mobile and Android TV applications, meaning that users won’t have to perform any new updates to the Plex Media Server.

Plex for Android was released in February 2011 and since its debut, the application underwent numerous changes and improvements. The Android app was completely rewritten in 2013 to meet Google’s new design guidelines at that time, and in June 2014 the developer announced that the Plex application will also be coming to the Android TV platform. Plex for Android continues to be updated at a steady rate and last December the developer announced support for a Kodi add-on. More recently in February 2017, Plex announced that its self-titled application will integrate with Amazon Alexa on devices supporting the feature, and at the beginning of March Plex was updated once again to include app shortcuts along with a handful of options such as the ability to disable AirPlay players connected to the same network, and the option to hide the ‘Next’ and ‘Previous’ buttons when watching replays. You can grab the latest version of Plex from the Google Play Store by clicking the banner below.