23
Aug
20110224233315!Android_Market
Last Updated: September 30th, 2012

Download: Android Market v3.1.3 (mirror) (for all devices - does not require root, but you do need to enable 'Unknown Sources' in the Settings-> Applications menu.)

The Market update in this post is meant for phones only - there is no known update to the Honeycomb tablet Market at the moment.

Wow, Google is on a roll with the Android Market lately. Since the release of Market v3.0, a number of small updates have come to the Android Market recently, but this is by far the biggest yet. Google has added the long-awaited +1 functionality to the Android Market (which has been on the web version of the Market for quite some time), along with a few other goodies.

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There's a brand-new settings menu, as well as click-to-read explanations of app permissions (not developer customizable, unfortunately).

There are also 2 brand-new Market icons to spruce things up a bit (within the Market itself - unfortunately, the app drawer icon is still the same).

For convenience's sake, the size in megabytes of each app, along with its latest update date, have been moved from the bottom of descriptions to the top of individual app pages, which is a very useful change in our book.

Moving on to the thumbnail navigator, Google added a long-overdue sliding transition - a nice touch that makes the Market feel more polished.

Oh, and did we mention you can now use an optional custom PIN for purchases on your phone, instead of leaving your Google Checkout wide open for anyone that picks up your device? If you have kids, or your phone is stolen, this is one awesome feature to have - and really, it makes a lot of sense.

You can get the new Market .apk here (mirror), root access is not required, but you'll need Unknown Sources enabled in the Settings -> Applications menu to install it.

Thanks, Patrick! (@Tiemsch)

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    Sweet update - especially the pin lock.

    • Tony

      Actually my favorite part is that they now have the app size at the very top instead of hidden under the Description paragraphs.

  • Bara

    Does this update work for tablets too? Or is that a different version entirely?

    • David Ruddock

      This is only for phones, sorry.

      • transformer

        dont you think its worth mentioning it somewhere within the article?? -_-

        • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

          You're right - I've added it to the post.

      • Vihtor

        its work nice on Android 2.2 10" Flytouch II tablet.
        And it has special section "Goolle's choice applications for tablets"
        Screenshot here: http://www.4tablet-pc.net/images/stories/articles_08_11/android_market_313_00.jpg

      • Will

        Did you try it? I was able to install it without a hitch on my Acer Iconia.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Tiemsch @Tiemsch

    The Market feels a lot faster and smoother now on my Galaxy S2. Now it's really better than the old one.

  • http://About.me/DarknesSx DarknesSx

    Is Market enabler working with this?
    appreciate an answer.

    • https://twitter.com/#!/Tiemsch @Tiemsch

      Yes, it works.

      *filling with words to be able to comment on this*

      • nas

        to be honest; with the new Market updates my "Market Enabler" is not anymore working with it... as soon as I uninstall the update and go back to that Green Market, the Enabler is working fine...

    • http://134 sheri

      hej jag heter sheri

  • Peter

    Have they fixed the Facebook share bug that posts the wrong image to Facebook?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Say what? Image of what?

  • Force

    ARGH, I have a Dell Streak 5, which is by default always in landscape - and the market's landscape layout just SUCKS!
    3.0 was way better.

  • Miguel

    Market is niceeee

  • mastermind26

    NICE!

    Feels smooth and clean!

  • Ian

    wow, I still haven't received the V3.0 android market on my phone. If I download the APK, will it have any disadvantages? I'm wondering if I should download it or just wait for the actual OTA download.

    • Telanis

      No, it won't make a difference. I didn't get 3.0 pushed to me either but have no problems with this.

    • quick

      Man, what are you waiting for... no disadvantages, no reason to wait for automatic update....! Old market sucks!

  • Zack

    Loving this new market very fast and makes more sense. Thanks google :)

  • JJ

    Failure [INSTALL_FAILED_ALREADY_EXISTS] ... I guess you need root access after all.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      No, you don't. Not sure what's going wrong in your case, but you don't need root for this.

    • Chris

      Why would you need root for an GOOGLE program.....

  • Ted Lovejoy

    Hm. Will not install on D1 CM 6.1.2...

  • Fnorder

    Woot! They returned the 'disable notifications' option they ripped out of the previous version!

  • chris ponciano

    no QR code for the download?

    • chris ponciano

      oh you have to highlight the link first, DUH

      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

        Actually, all you have to do is hover on any link for a few seconds to get the QR code for it. It's an AP feature. :)

  • Jim

    So why exactly would I have to allow unknown sources for a google update? And why should I trust a google update coming from a Costa Rica domain? This smells very fishy.

    • Christopher

      All APKs are equal -- installing from outside of the Market is untrusted. Hence you have to enable "Unknown Sources" -- Google proprietary apps aren't magic somehow.

      You don't have to trust the APK linked here, but I would be astounded if someone managed to create a malware version of the Android Market that just happens to have the same signing key as prior versions of the Market..

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      As Christopher said, you need that option enabled to install any APK outside the Market, doesn't matter what it is.

      And the lts.cr domain is a shorturl for letscrate.com - our file distribution service of choice (we have a premium account that allows posting direct links and avoid all the ad spam on other sites, like megaupload).

  • Ben

    I just checked and my current Market version is 2.3.4
    Shouldn't it update by itself on restart?
    Downloading now...

    • Ben

      Wow, some change! ANd definitely for the much, much better :)

    • phicube

      I'm stuck with 2.3.4 too. Can anyone explain why some devices get updated and others not?

      Is it a matter of device, are the updates first pushed only to selected regions?

      Desire Z - Switzerland

      ...and no, I don't want to update it with a apk found somewhere on the net, is there a way to force the update?

      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

        There's no known way to force it - Google rolls it out in stages unpredictably. The update is signed by Google - otherwise you wouldn't be able to install it. It's safe.

  • jim

    why won't it install on my koby kyros? I've already got a previous ver of the market running fine.
    The apk doesn't offer an 'install' button in file manager...

    • Ben

      Did you remember this?
      "but you'll need Unknown Sources enabled in the Settings -> Applications menu to install it."

      Also, if you're running any Android version older than 2.2 I don't think it'll work.

  • Christopher

    Thanks for the download link.

    But I would like the new Market more if not for the UX regressions. I can no longer open the app and immediately start a search by typing. First I have to press the Search button or icon.

    Secondly, the app details page resets itself every time a download or install event occurs. Try starting an app download, then expand the description or comments to read through them. Once the download or install starts (or ends), the UI state will be unnecessarily reset.
    This appears to have become worse in 3.1.3.

    Finally, despite two redesigns, still it takes ages to load an app's details. When opening an app's details, the Market *knows* the app and developer name plus its ratings etc, because you just clicked on it, yet they don't bother showing that header until after all the details are loading -- you just see yet another huge empty space with a generic "Loading" spinner.

    On the plus side, they fixed pressing the "home" icon while already on the home page which did an unnecessary refresh of all the content and images.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      I have beef with the Search issue as well - I used to just press the hardware search button without waiting for any screens, but the redesigned Market makes you wait a bit.

      Same for the My Apps menu option - that only shows up after it's done with some initial loading.

      Annoying.

  • me

    Getting parsing error...anyone else?

    • jessica

      I am too what to do?

  • SYO

    This got pushed to my phone automatically just now.
    Most (all?) problems seem to be fixed! At least for the SGS!

    Fixed (for me): lag sliding between screens, missing market/download links to apps I have installed, stuck downloads, large app downloads

    I don't seem to have the app details loading problem someone else reported. :)

    Woooh!

  • SK

    You would be an idiot to install a random copy of Market on your phone. How do you know it doesn't have a malware inside it or say conveniently chooses not display all the permissions required by Apps written by a specific author?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      It's signed by Google - otherwise Android would allow it to be installed.

  • James

    I think it's best that the developers aren't allowed to put in the permissions and it's Google programmers who oversee that: if not, malware producers would have a lot easier time with users and saying that it only accesses your Contacts book or something to that affect.

    • Zigmar

      Android don't allow accessing APIs you didn't declare in your manifest.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      This makes no sense.

  • Adam

    I can't figure out who is using this +1 thing and why Google feels the need to add it to everything.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      The +1 concept is the future of sharing, SEO, and everything Google.

  • jim

    does this work on android 2.1?

    • me

      dont think so...it wont install on my xt720 running 2.1

  • Mike

    Another bonus is this new market seems to recognize what apps you installed from Amazon and no longer says you need to update them (then decline the update since it is an Amazon App). Was driving me nuts telling me I needed to update the same 4 apps everyday.
    On a side note...Amazon does a crap job of updating apps you have "purchased" from them...and by purchased I mean downloaded the free app of the day...lol.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Same seems to be the case for off-market installs, for example from GetJar, which makes me wonder whether this technique inadvertently allows injecting and updating pirated apps in the Market.

  • timmyjoe42

    Thanks for the update and link.

  • jahmekyah

    The apk works just fine on my unrooted GT10.1 and if I'm not mistaken it seems that it recognizes that it's a tablet. I get a page in the app section for "Staff picks for tablets" which isn't on the phone install. Overall I love the UI redesign but now I have 2 market icons in my app draw (smh).

  • muchos

    Like the look & changes but hate the update simply because it has rendered my phone unusable due to already dwindling memory, the update won't stay installed either.

  • pero

    I got the OTA update. motorola defy(froyo)- croatia. I guess i'm the lucky one

  • Zaron

    AHH! My market updated itself to this tonight and killed the market. It now gives the "The application Market (process com.android.vending) has stopped unexpectedly." error after a few seconds of the market being open. Deleting cache and uninstalling the update didn't work. I used Titanium Backup to rever to the old backed up version, and it auto-updated immediately. Once I did that again and froze the updater I THOUGHT it worked, but I wasn't able to download anything. Apparently I need this update, but it's broken. Even downloading the one off this site didn't help. Any suggestions? Desire HD running the latest CM7 stable.

  • Will

    Contrary to the note at the top, I was able to install this on my Acer Iconia without a problem.

  • ehsan
  • antonio

    hola a todos soy de México y quisiera saber como puedo instalar esta nueva versión y si es compatible con mi x10mini o tengo que esperar a que se actualice automáticamente en mi cel?

  • okijuh

    when is going to arrive to the xperia play

  • Mohamed Samir Ismail

    Going to try it on my HTC Flyer

  • heavyD

    Got it today trough market automatic update on my samsung galaxy mini on Orange Romania carier

  • ebuj

    upadated of its own after a switch off..
    awesome..n work faster..
    everything on one single page..n so smooth..takes time for first boot..then works v. smooth..
    +1

  • Aguirre

    Funciona perfectamente

    Gracias

    España

  • nzr

    Thanks for the Link. The download works fine and new Market is definitely better.
    The only downside I found is the fact that I get 'Connection Failed Retry' message very often. It is kinda annoying, not sure why its happening. Its not that my data connection is slow/interrupted or anything.

  • incognito

    This version of market doesnt show the version of the app that i am about to download......
    or does it??

  • John
  • Everett

    Would anyone happen to know when this will be available for the Infuse 4g? Thanks!!

  • Badong

    Help! I got this version through automatic update but I don’t have the +1 button and the Movies and Books category. My device is a Galaxy Tab P1010 I live in the Philippines. Is the +1 button and the movies etc category US exclusive?

  • Monday

    seriously!! it really slowed the market apps in my phone.
    iam using htc wildfire and its not compatiable but still it was updated by itself..so i just uninstalled the update.. i think the older version really work for my phone!
    i was worried when my phone was working really slow as well it slowed my internet connection!! thanks god..i read in android site to found that it was not suitable for my phone..so i found this site and saw what i should do from the comments ..thanks

  • J Rush

    Jesus Christ; this makes the Market like lightning! No lag whatsoever...Best update thus far.

  • Chris

    The app drawer icon has a new gradient in 3.0

  • canbok

    je devien fou pouvez me dire comment on telecharge android market pour mon sony ericsson TXT PRO ?

  • chris

    I noticed my market update about a week ago but a few days ago I did a hard factory reset on my phone and when I went on market it it had gone back to the old green market,2.3.6 it says.So will it automaticly update to the new one again?

  • nierae

    how will i know if there's an app that has an update? will it be automatic if i tick Allow Automatic Update

  • sanchit

    hey does it work for wildfireS coz I update my market to v3.1.5 it is nt giving good output keep on saying connection timed out so teell does this version solve my problem or not thank u

  • ajit

    while opening the app. 50% battery down

  • hitesh

    I have done all the above things but then also android market is not opening and giving the same error "connection timed out". My mobile is samsung galaxy acr GT-S5830. Can someone help me in this..

  • http://gmail shaheed

    downlod androd market

    • iyangkero

      download android market

  • rahul

    Can you install new market on android 2.1???????

  • http://devastatingblackmail.blogspot.com Flandre

    My android version 2.1 i downloaded this twice but it dint work.. mine keep saying "There is a problem parsing the pakage". Whats wrong?? Please check..

  • http://www.bikramet.hi5.com vickylim7

    can you install new market on android 2.1 ???

  • http://www.bikramet.hi5.com vickylim7

    can you install new market on android 2.1 ??? help me plese

  • http://www.bikramet.hi5.com vickylim7

    can you install me market

  • Dustin

    Installed on my motorla electrify and automatically forces closed upon opening. I deleted by accident because phone updated but after update it wouldnt open. I told it to uninstall updates to application and it completely removed.

  • nini

    cn i try it too with my galaxy fit without any doubts that may cause damage to my phone?

    • Ranemakala

      Iam raju

  • hassan

    Not bad .Im need anti filter

  • CJ

    Will this wor on the Samsung galaxy 3 with 2.2
    I need to update this phone becuase it is pissing me off so much and i cant afford a new one yet.

  • http://www.waheeba.com waheeba

    I would like to open zis website

  • http://yahoo.com alyssa

    Hope this works good

  • robert ickes

    Several months ago, after a successful factory reset, an older version of market was installed.
    Frustratingly I spent many hours with AT&T, HTC, & Google to no avail.
    Today I downloaded market 3.4.4 from your website and in seconds had the latest version.
    Thanks so much for the info. I have bookmarked your site.
    Gratefully,
    Robert Ickes

  • walid

    I want android market please

  • ASHTON

    how to uninstall viper mobile i can't uninstall it

    • http://www.facebook.com/EgyaAsiamah Kwabena Asiamah Ansong

       go to settings>> Applications>> Manage Applications>> select "viper" from the list. There will be an option to uninstall.

  • http://market amnymms

    Hello Amny MM's here :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/EgyaAsiamah Kwabena Asiamah Ansong

    I mistakenly uninstalled my android market on my HTC Desire phone..... Someone help me. 

  • cynthia01 cynthia02

    how to download market app from pc to handphone?

  • asif khan

    I want android market