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> I can't search for the app because there's no search option.
O_o It's right on the top-left of your main interface menu list. It either says "Search" or it's a magnifying glass icon.
Have you tried asking Alexa? ("Find 'Plex'.")
> Apparently I can get the app on the Amazon site and get it sent to my firestick, but for the life of me I can't work out how...
1) Go to the page on the Amazon site.
2) "Buy" (get) the App to add it to your account.
3) Go back to your Fire Stick and long-press the HOME button for a couple seconds. Release it.
4) You'll be taken to a screen with only a few choices (Sleep, Apps, etc).
5) Choose "Apps". This will display a full screen app manager.
6) Plex should be there (with a cloud icon), telling you it is in your collection but not installed.
7) Select it and you should be able to install it.
If Plex is not on this screen. Go back to the normal Home Screen. Go to Settings > My Account and select "Sync Amazon Content" to refresh the info on the device about your app library. Try again on the long-press steps.
> Waze (or Google maps in browser maybe? I really need good nav)
Google Maps in a browser intentionally doesn't provide turn-by-turn navigation to force people to use the app.
maps.me is the best option. It's not in F-Droid because they don't want other people using the server where they host the maps, but they make an apk available and offer an option to disable the analytics. OSMAnd has an awful UX but works... and is in F-Droid.
It won't work on an aftermarket OS since it requires SafetyNet. Need to use alternatives unless you want to make your own OS builds with heavily integrated Play Services, likely some features disabled and fight the endless battle of trying to bypass SafetyNet. Bypassing SafetyNet is isn't going to work for a long time before they break the bypass. Not something you can rely on.
> * Plex (with casting)
> * Netflix (with casting)
Netflix started requiring SafetyNet to install it from the Play Store so real SafetyNet integration on their streaming servers is likely coming. No point in working around the initial SafetyNet block by downloading the apk elsewhere when integration within the app / servers is likely coming.
Chromecast is part of Play Services so that isn't available. There are likely alternatives but nothing is integrated / enabled. There was no interest from the community in taking over real maintenance of WiFi display, and no one has put together the hacks required to simply get it working without maintenance for CopperheadOS.
The Plex app likely works without Play and is on the Amazon App Store.
> Hangouts (this is a big one)
That's very unlikely to work without Play Services. You would need to use Wire, Signal, WhatsApp or other alternatives that aren't strongly tied to the Google ecosystem since they tie everything to Play Services.
Then what does the following line mean:
>LIMITATION: Playing media from your Plex Media Server on the device running this app is limited (one minute for music and video, watermark on photos) until the app is unlocked. TO UNLOCK FULL FUNCTIONALITY: You can remove the playback limitations on the app if you use a Plex Pass enabled account to sign into the app -OR- if you make a small, one-time, in-app purchase of just the Android app itself.
On the Plex app's Amazon description found here:
The deal is mentioned in the product description of the Plex app on the Amazon app store.
> ... (annual Plex Pass on sale in-app TODAY ONLY through the Amazon app store for 50% off: $19.99 USD, normally $39.99!* - tablets only) ...
> *After the first year, the price of an annual Plex Pass will revert to the regular annual price, currently $39.99. Prices may vary in other currencies.
Note: You must install the Plex app from the Amazon app store to get this deal. You cannot install the app from the Google Play store. The deal is for the annual Plex Pass subscription only, and not available for the monthly or lifetime subscription.
~~I'm not sure about the tablets only. Someone please confirm. Thanks.~~ Edit: Confirmed working with phones and Fire TV.
Yes, Yes you can.
EDIT: it's available in the google marketplace, I don't know about IOS
EDITEDIT: I should clarify. You need to install the chromecast Application to your phone, which gives your phone the option to cast to your Chromecast device on the same network.
Server? No, I don't think so. Client/Player? Yes, should be available here
I could be very wrong but I don't think there is a difference between the two stores....?
Under amazon link: "What's new in version 220.127.116.119" Link
Under google play link: "Fixes (v3.6.2)" Link
From their notes it looks like amazon has the newer version but I would assume you can update either of them once in the downloaded app? Now I'm confused.
20 days passed already, the FireTV version in the Amazon app store is still nowhere near v9 :/
It's not free on phones, it's free on TV clients (smart TV's, set top boxes/sticks, consoles). Partly because on some platforms (TVs) have no good way to monetize apps, or they didn't for a long time. Not as many people will be willing to link their credit card to a TV either. Not a problem for Android TV, but that is a problem for Tizen and WebOS. But on phones Plex has been a paid app for as long as I remember, except for the Amazon App Store where it looks like it's free https://www.amazon.com/Plex-Inc/dp/B004Y1WCDE/ref=lp_9408765011_1_9, if you're willing to go that route.
If you feel that Plex's service warrants no small one-time purchase at all, there's always Jellyfin. I've explored using Emby and Jellyfin over the years, but ended up sticking with Plex because it's available on more clients (I was missing WebOS and Playstation). If all your clients support Jellyfin, it's a good alternative.
And I like Plexamp, after Google Music's demise that was the best replacement for me and my family, it does require a Plex Pass though (got a lifetime pass).
What App Store are you using on your de-Googled device? There's a version of the full Plex app in the Amazon App Store, and that version is used on non-Google devices (like Amazon's Fire tablets which have no Google apps or services installed).
If that works and does what you're after you'll unfortunately probably have to pay the $5 again to unlock the full functionality as it's coming from a different store, but that's still cheaper than going Plex Pass.
Any chance Plex could work?
If you have a PC you could use as the Plex Server, you could just download the shows to that and stream it from the Kindle.
And it's in the Amazon App store, so no need to get the browser enabled.
Just glancing, but it looks like there's some integration of it and that the app is free (maybe just for me since I own it already). I guess it works like Roku and you set it up then download the plex app onto the device? Then you could access the remote PC from there.
You're right - here is the FTV version and it too appears to be free.
(edit -- maybe it isn't really free? http://www.amazon.com/Plex-Inc/product-reviews/B004Y1WCDE/ref=cm_cr_dp_synop?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending#R1NGEXDOP6NLTV)
is it me - or is the Plex app free right now?
Actually looking back on the server build I recommended, you could reduce it by a lot for either scenario. An i3 and 4gb of RAM could do well with Plex transcoding 1 or 2 HD streams.
A server to send files to kodi could easily run on even less. You could save a cool $100 on your server with that, or even run a pre-built NAS out of the box. You'll only be able to run the Fire TV's supported formats.
The monthly Plex Pass allows you to do cloud sync and multiple users, but if you don't care about that, it's totally free, even remote streaming. I think the Android app or iOS app might be $5 one-time? I can't recall)
And don't worry about paypal! I enjoy helping out. If you really want, you can throw a few bucks at whichever project you go with (Kodi or Plex), they'll be happy to have a beer on you!
Feel free to reply and pick my brain, I spent way too much time reading all about this stuff when I built mine :)
Keep an eye on the Amazon App store for Fire TV and Android - right now, for example, the Plex client is free - http://www.amazon.com/Plex-Inc/dp/B004Y1WCDE
Can you get to the Amazon app store?