Just a couple of hours ago, Google announced Google Play Store – the rebranded version of your beloved (now previously) Android Market. More than anything else, the move can be cited as an attempt to provide Android users with a unified platform to explore all the apps, games, books, movies and music featured by Google under one roof. The new-look interface of the web variant of the new Google app store looks pretty impressive. However, from the mobile client’s perspective, nothing much has changed apart from the icon and, of course, the name of the app: Google Play (that has already created quite a hullabaloo among Android users and critics alike). Although Google has already started rolling out Google Play Store to Android devices (running Froyo and higher) over-the-air, there are quite a few users who might not have received the update yet. If you’re among such users, you don’t have to wait any longer as we bring you the APK of the brand new Android Market aka Google Play Store.
Installing Google Play Store is quite simple, and won’t take more than a couple of minutes. Here’s what you need to do:
1. From the link provided below, download the APK file of Google Play Store.
2. Transfer the downloaded file to your Android device.
3. Using an Android file manager (ES File Explorer, ASTRO File Manager, File Expert, Total Commander, etc.), navigate to the directory containing the imported APK file, and install it on your device. If you can’t decide which file manager to use, check out our compilation of the best file explorers for Android.
Note: In order to successfully install APKs on your Android device, make sure that you’ve enabled the Unknown sources option from within the device’s system settings menu. Said option can be found under Settings > Security > Device Administration menu on devices running Android 4.0 ice Cream Sandwich. Users running other version of Android can find the same option on the Settings > Applications > Development Settings screen.
4. That’s it! You may now start searching and downloading your favorite apps from the brand new Play Store.
In case you run into some trouble installing the new app, try cleaning the cache of your old Android Market app from the Settings > Apps > Android Market screen.
Update: Google Play Store update 3.5.15 has been leaked, grab the APK now.