Plex for Android updated with device-device remote control

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The Plex media system is already quite impressive, providing multi-platform media streaming with clients for both iOS and Android. The Android version was just updated, and among the new features is the ability to remote control Android devices from other Android devices.

In theory, you start the app on both devices, and then the ability to “play on Device X” will be available when you browse a file on Device Y. In practice, the system is very buggy, at least on my devices, requiring multiple app restarts for the devices to properly see one another. It almost seems as though the controlling device requires the controlled device to log into Plex after itself, though I haven’t tried too hard to find the exact reason for why it’s shaky. When it does work, however, it works fine. You can browse files on one device, select to play it on the other, and then the first device will display a remote control interface.

plex qr - for some reason we don't have an alt tag hereThis feature should be highly useful with the increasing number of Android-based media boxes we’re seeing, not to mention Android devices acting as such by being connected to a larger screen. For instance, I have both an Android tablet and an Android phone, and this allows me to connect one of them to a larger screen and use the other to control it.

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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.

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2 thoughts on “Plex for Android updated with device-device remote control

  • Avatar of Aaron Orquia

    That is actually quite cool, it gives the potential to use a tablet as a sort of set top box with the phone as a remote, especially with XBMC. Too bad my Nexus 7 doesn’t have HDMI out.

    • Avatar of Andreas Ødegård

      I don’t understand why people buy that thing… No camera, no LED, no microSD slot, no HDMI, build quality issues, touchscreen issues. I’ve seen more impressive wood planks


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