Plex for Android has been treated to an update on the Play Store, bundling a slew of changes that look to improve the Chromecast streaming experience.
The release makes it possible to stream files stored on an Android handset to a Chromecast, thanks to the introduction of on-device audio transcoding – the real-time conversion of one file format to another. In this case, that new-found support ensures all local content is compatible with Google’s Chromecast streaming stick.
There’s also a number of much-requested bug fixes baked into the upgrade, the most notable of which aims to mitigate an issue that made it difficult to access the Continue Watching hub, as well as a design alteration that vows to make it easier to fill in login credentials. The full changelog (via Android Police) can be seen below.
Related: Chromecast Audio
- Local Playback: support for Plex Companion and Chromecast, including on-device audio transcoding.
- External subtitles are now tagged correctly.
- ExoPlayer v2: direct play could fail with certain external subtitles.
- [Mobile] Continue watching hub was being displayed incorrectly.
- [Mobile] Collection hub names are missing on pre-play.
- [Mobile] Update text for login with email to avoid confusions.
- [TV] Improve recording priority reordering.
- [TV] App could crash when filtering by resolution.
- [TV] Keep video player open whilst screensaver is active.
The upgrade is rolling out through the Play Store in stages, according to Plex. To see if it’s available for your handset, open the Play Store, navigate into the dedicated Updates section, then hit the Update button. If the latest version of the application doesn’t show up, don’t panic – it’ll reach your device in the coming days.
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