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Plex for iOS 3.1 Introduces Mobile Media Server, Enhanced Filtering

Plex Synced Content SharingIt’s always a good day when you wake up and find a shiny new version of your favorite app, and today is that day for Plex for iOS users, with the media player adding mobile server abilities on top of a stack of other improvements.

Plex announced the release of version 3.1 for its universal iOS app of the same name, detailing a raft of big changes in a blog post on Thursday night.

At the top of that list is a new Mobile Media Server feature, which allows users of the iOS version to play synced content or view photo albums on another Plex client — perfect for visiting a like-minded friend with your iPhone or iPad and sharing images of your recent vacation to their Plex-equipped Roku, for example. The feature even works between iOS and Android clients for beaming content between them.

But that’s not all: Plex has taken the rich library filters from its Plex/Web service and made them available in the iOS app as well after testing them out on recent beta builds of the Android version.

Don’t be surprised if Plex 3.1 asks you to approve of push notifications when you first open it, because the app is now capable of alerting you for new friend requests or recommendations. The update also takes advantage of the company’s latest universal transcoder, introducing support for more subtitles such as VOBSUB and PGS.

There’s even more, with a new and improved photo viewer, a new dark theme, variable scrubbing speed from all sliders, better integration of search in sections and channels and a host of welcome bug fixes.

Plex for iOS 3.1 is a .99 universal app available now from the App Store, and a free update for existing owners.

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