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Introducing the new Emby for Android


Luke

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Now rolling out to the Google Play Store. Amazon soon to follow.

 

Android has been a little quiet lately and this is because well, we've been busy rewriting the app. Today, we are happy to unveil the result. It's prettier, faster, leaner, and draws inspiration heavily from the mobile web client. Let's go over the highlights of what this new version brings.

 

Mobile Sync is Here!

 

Mobile sync finally comes to Android. Sync everything from home videos to music, live tv recordings, movies, and more. Offline Sign In is still to come in an upcoming release. In the meantime, the app will automatically play your local content when it's available.

 

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Live TV Guide

 

A full guide experience finally comes to Emby for Android, making it very easy to plan out your watching or recording schedule. Because the entire app is otherwise free, this feature will require either a one-time unlock, or an active Emby supporter membership. Please note - to activate the free for supporter version, the app must be able to detect your server on your home network. From there you'll be able to take it where you please. All other use cases will need to purchase the one-time unlock.

 

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Manage Your DVR

 

Easily plan, schedule, and cancel recordings as you need to. You can even sync your recordings to the device if you like!

 

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An Easy Startup Wizard

 

This has been one of the pain points of the previous version, and we're happy to say you should have no more trouble setting the app.

 

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Supports Your Cloud Synced Content

 

The app works seamlessly with your cloud synced content. Check out our wiki for more information on Cloud Sync:

 

https://github.com/MediaBrowser/Wiki/wiki/Sync

 

 

Automatic Network Switching

 

That's right! As you leave your home and return, the app will automatically switch from LAN to WAN and vice versa. No need to add your same server multiple times for home and away usage.

 

 

Full Remote Control Support

 

The app supports the full gamut of Emby remote controls, including media control, directional keys, message sending, and more.

 

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Supports Chromecast

 

Just like before, easily cast audio, video and photos to Chromecast.

 

 

A Simple and Easy Video Player

 

The new video player has everything you need, and nothing you don't in a very easy to use package.

 

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Improved Subtitle Support

 

Subtitle selection is easier and more reliable than ever before.

 

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Easily Jump Between Scenes

 

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Movie Extras

 

If you have movie extras they are now finally fully supported in Emby for Android.

 

 

In-App User Preferences

 

Now you configure your language and other preferences directly within the app. No more running to the server to set these up prior to use.

 

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Full Screen Immersive Mode

 

This is a feature with fun factor. Enable fullscreen mode under user preferences, and the app will take over the entire screen of your device. (Requires android 4.4+). It has never looked more impressive as it will in immersive mode!

 

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Supports Voice Input

 

This is really a new thing and is going to take time to mature, but it has such a high fun factor that we decided to give you a taste of it. If voice control is something that interests you, then make sure to join the community and tell us what commands you'd like to see added.

 

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Easily Create Playlists

 

Playlists can now be created inside the app just by tapping your fingers! Start a playlist from a song, album, genre or artist.

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Simple Search

 

Searching on Android is easier than ever before now and only takes a few taps of the finger.

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Discover Content With Personalized Recommendations

 

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Automatic Camera Upload

 

The previous version also had this but we feel it's worth mentioning. If enabled in the server, the app will automatically upload camera photos to a folder of your choice. It's perfect after a day out with the kids to come home and relive it through your photo collection.

 

Stable and Dependable

 

We mean this when we say it. This app will not let you down. We understand this was a problem with the previous version, and we're happy to say we've solved it once and for all.

 

What to Expect

 

What you can expect with this app going forward is rapid development. We now have it in a place we're comfortable with that will allow us to easily pump out features and updates. So get involved and tell us what you would like to see!

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blauter78

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Now this is the update I have been waiting for.. Great work! I especially like the full guide (sync is pretty awesome as well).

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Can't wait to try this app, waiting on Google to update!  Looks really nice, well done!

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Sp3kt3r

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!! can't wait anymore..:)

 

Thx for this great update !

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Update not available via Google Play Store on my Android (HTC One M8) phone. Any way to force the update?

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I have updated to the latest version of the android app, when I try to login I put the username & password it finds my server but comes up with a message Connection Failure" We're unable to connect to the selected server right now. Please ensure it is running and try again.

I have checked the server it is running, I have rebooted my Samsung tablet I have also uninstalled and reinstalled the app, but it still comes up with the same message.

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thefirstofthe300

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I have updated to the latest version of the android app, when I try to login I put the username & password it finds my server but comes up with a message Connection Failure" We're unable to connect to the selected server right now. Please ensure it is running and try again.

I have checked the server it is running, I have rebooted my Samsung tablet I have also uninstalled and reinstalled the app, but it still comes up with the same message.

 

Please post in the Android forums in order to get this solved.

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SikSlayer

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This is just like the Smart Player app on Windows Metro/Modern. Just what I wanted!

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Got the new app, looks and feel great!  Great Job Devs and testers!

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Xzener

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Well done. Looks great, can't wait to try it out.

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TonkaTuff

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Brilliant work guys, huge improvements here. Thanks for your hard work.

Once question:

Is it just me or is there no seeking for live/recorded TV?

I'm running Win7 WMC > ServerWMC > Emby > Android Client

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mtnsteve

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How do I get my old screen back? I don't want a web server view on my android, I spent hours setting up my folders so I could hand my android to my wife or company and they could look at all the categories I set up and browse through all the movies to see what they wanted to watch. Then I would cast them to my TV. I'm sure I'm missing something in the set up but no mater what I do I get the same screens I get in configure Emby. What an I doing wrong?

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Luke

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How do I get my old screen back? I don't want a web server view on my android, I spent hours setting up my folders so I could hand my android to my wife or company and they could look at all the categories I set up and browse through all the movies to see what they wanted to watch. Then I would cast them to my TV. I'm sure I'm missing something in the set up but no mater what I do I get the same screens I get in configure Emby. What an I doing wrong?

 

Are you referring to the sub-categories under Movies such as Suggested, Latest, etc. If yes then open left slide out menu, click your user icon, and you will be taken to display settings. Scroll down to View Styles and turn off the enhanced presentations for your Movie sections. That will turn it more into simple movie browsing like the previous version.

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mtnsteve

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Are you referring to the sub-categories under Movies such as Suggested, Latest, etc. If yes then open left slide out menu, click your user icon, and you will be taken to display settings. Scroll down to View Styles and turn off the enhanced presentations for your Movie sections. That will turn it more into simple movie browsing like the previous version.

Thank you for the response. When I do that I still get the "edit" screen and I no longer have the beautiful images I loaded to show all my different categories, like Divx, Recorded TV, SciFi Movies, etc.. All I get are the little tiny buttons at the top in "Home". Is there any way to get it to look like it did before?

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Luke

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Thank you for the response. When I do that I still get the "edit" screen and I no longer have the beautiful images I loaded to show all my different categories, like Divx, Recorded TV, SciFi Movies, etc.. All I get are the little tiny buttons at the top in "Home". Is there any way to get it to look like it did before?

Ok, I see. I will push an update out that will make that configurable so you can do that.

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mtnsteve

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Ok, I see. I will push an update out that will make that configurable so you can do that.

Thank you!

I spent hours so my wife could browse for movies to watch, she looked at me like I had two heads when I asked her to find something watch tonight.

Thanks again!

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JeremyFr79

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So I've installed this on most of the Android devices that regularly connect to my server, seems they don't stay logged in now like before.  I find that many times after exiting the app upon launching it again I have to sign in as if the app is fresh and new i.e. I have to use my emby connect account (or setup the server manually) and then select the server, etc.  Further, once signed in I have to sign the user out and sign in with the correct user for that device.  Kind of frustrating at the moment.

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FlyGuy94

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Still the ugly black border around the subtitles :(

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mtnsteve

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Ok, I see. I will push an update out that will make that configurable so you can do that.

That was fast!

I'm currently trying to figure where my "collections" went but I'm still checking settings and probably haven't found it yet.

Thank you for listening! 

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mtnsteve

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That was fast!

I'm currently trying to figure where my "collections" went but I'm still checking settings and probably haven't found it yet.

Thank you for listening! 

OK, I found how to see my "Collections"...you have to open a movie media folder, open a movie and collections is offered at the top of the screen. Not real intuitive but they can be found there. It may be how I have it set up, I'll keep looking to find a way to have it offered on my main screen. 

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Luke

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OK, I found how to see my "Collections"...you have to open a movie media folder, open a movie and collections is offered at the top of the screen. Not real intuitive but they can be found there. It may be how I have it set up, I'll keep looking to find a way to have it offered on my main screen. 

 

there is a user preference option to show a collections category on the main screen.

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mtnsteve

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there is a user preference option to show a collections category on the main screen.

Thanks for your response...

When I try that I get a folder on my Home screen that doesn't show my collections and says I have to create them. I'm currently using Auto Box Sets and they show up fine when I click on Collections when I'm reviewing a movie title. Not sure what I'm doing wrong.

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jamvids

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Hi, great work, Is there a feature request section for the new app? I already miss the old music player with the artist backdrop and "favorite" button. Also with sync will I be able to use my external SD card?

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Hi there ... thanks for all the great work first most.

Just a couple of questions on the new Emby for android.

 

1. How do I quit the app ? Like close the process. I can see sign-out, which signs me out from emby connect, but what I want is to close the app/process.

2. In my movies or tv folders, how do i default to 'Movies' or 'Shows' on enter instead of the 'Suggestion' tab.

 

Thanks.

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Still the ugly black border around the subtitles :(

 

You mean "finally black border around the subtitles so I CAN ACTUALLY READ THEM"? Well, I'm guessing resuming something with subtitles still doesn't work anyway, so whatever.

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bassistgak

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Great update, been using for a couple of days now. No crashes or hangs like the previous version.

Sync works great, would be awesome to have a 'sync now' button. Example if a press sync on my mobile it is put on the sync queue on the server to be converted at the scheduled sync time, or if i go to the server and start the sync manually. Would be good to be able to press one sync button on the mobile so the item is synced/coverted straight away. 

TV Guide is killer, would be great to have the option to show the guide first instead of the Suggestions/ On Now page that comes up first when you start live tv.

 

Great Work all round!! Much smoother experience in the android app now. And great that you can now access the server from within the app for admin purpooses.

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