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as they said above. It's not too confusing really. I understand at first though.
As above, the Plex Media Server is where the meat of plex lays The libraries, metadata, transcoder. After that, it's just front ends for various platforms--PC, android, Roku, TVs, etc.
On the Android said, this is a little more convoluted, but it's in the description. Plex for Android is most like the one you want. Yes, it's five dollars, but it's been in use longest and works. Plex for PlexPass is actually a beta app. It's specifically for PlexPass subscribers, which gives them early access to builds that may not be done, ie still have bugs, or special features such as syncing. It's not really free, it's just no extra monetary cost. Currently, Syncing works, but not for all devices. I don't believe the Android Plex Server is working yet either. And there are a few other things crashing the app. It's definitely a beta app. If you're not comfortable with trouble shooting something, still with Plex for Android ($5) one.
My understanding, when the build for Plex for PlexPass is out of beta, it will become the new Plex for Android via an update, thus no extra cost to those who have bought it. Also, some features may not be available unless you're a subscriber, which I think may be syncing or android server.
XMBC is a good stuff too. The server and front end is a one of the key differences between the two. There are feature differences as well. If you're starting out with the whole digitize my local media, I would recommend trying both. One may suite your needs better than the other. I've ran both at various times.