If you are using any mainstream Android phone or tablet, chances are that Google Play Store is your primary source for finding and installing apps on your device. Even users of non-mainstream devices or those using an unofficial version of Android (such as CyanogenMod) often install the Google Apps package to get Play Store on their devices in order to get access to the vast list of apps, games and multimedia content available on Google’s platform. While Google does update the Play Store with new features and improvements quite frequently, the rollout of a new major version is often done in phases over a few weeks, meaning there can be a delay of several days between the latest version’s release and you actually receiving it on your device. For this reason, many people decide to manually install the latest version using its APK file, as soon as it is made available online by those who receive it in the first phase. We aim to make that task easier for you by providing you with one place where you’ll always be able to find the latest version of Play Store, along with a list of major changes since the last version.
Note: This post will be regularly updated with newer versions of Play Store as they get released.
Major Changes In This Update
Here are the major new features and improvements from the version 4.5.10 changelog:
- In-app purchase indicator; the Play Store now displays an “In-app purchases” label on pages of apps that support them
- Tweaked ratings layout; the profile pictures in the reviews section have been made circular for consistency with the Google+ interface
- Improved Google+ integration; you can now share your Play Store activity through your Google+ profile; others can view your profile as well as a feed of your +1s and ratings and you can view theirs
How To Install The New Play Store Manually
Simply download the APK file from the link provided above, and sideload it to your device using a file manager of your choice, the ADB sideload command, or by directly downloading it on your device and tapping the download completed notification. In order to sideload an app, you will first need to enable app installation from unknown sources by going to Settings > Security and enabling ‘Unknown Sources’.