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Media center app maker Plex just overhauled its Android app with a newer UI and the ability to cast photos and videos from the local camera roll to a Chromecast streaming stick, Roku box, game console or any other device with a Plex app installed. And while doing so, Plex also took a big step toward unifying its Android apps and making them more accessible for new users.
Previously, users had to either buy the Android app or subscribe to the company’s Plex Pass premium tier, in which case they had to download a separate app. Now, there’s just one single app, and it’s free. However, free users will only be able to use Plex to cast media that’s either stored locally on their device, or on a Plex server. Users who also want to view or listen to content on their mobile devices need to unlock that feature via a $4.99 in-app purchase.
Aside from working on this new Android app, Plex has been busy building out a new music experience, which will be available for Plex Pass subscribers soon. Plex apps will soon be able to generate Pandora-like playlists from a user’s local music library, and also offer ad-free access to music videos from Vevo.