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Last Updated: October 13th, 2013

A new Google Play Store update v3.8.15 has just started rolling out to Android devices. The new version updates 3.7.15 from the end of July, and so far outside of a minor cosmetic change, I wasn't able to pin down just what exactly is new. Something definitely is, because the apk is 300KB larger than the three previous 3.7.XX ones. Here are some historical sizes:

  • com.android.vending-3.5.19.apk 3.81MB
  • com.android.vending-3.7.11.apk 5.07MB
  • com.android.vending-3.7.13.apk 5.07MB
  • com.android.vending-3.7.15.apk 5.07MB
  • com.android.vending-3.8.15.apk 5.35MB

As you can see, each time the Play Store was updated to the next 3.X, there was a considerable jump in file size (as well as functionality).

Update: And here's the explanation for the increase in size: Google Is Gearing Up To Finally Introduce Play Store Gift Cards and A Wishlist [APK Teardown].

The cosmetic change I was talking about is nothing more than simple underlining of tabs. It's possible there are more sizable changes in non-app parts of the Play Store, but I haven't found them just yet. If you do, definitely let us know!

Here are some things I checked for:

  • More tabs or sort/filter options in the My Apps UI - nada.
  • Long-pressing on apps in My Apps and hoping for a context menu - no way.
  • Anything new in app reviews/comments - you wish.
  • More tabs in app browsing (perhaps the return of the Just In section) - nope.
  • New Settings - zilch.
  • Saving the position in a scrolled down list of apps after clicking into an app and back - yes! Just kidding, it's not there.
  • New sections or UI elements on app pages - do svidanya.

And now for some screenshots and download links.

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Download

The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your existing Play Store. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Rather than wait for Google to push this download to your devices, which can take weeks, download and install it just like any other APK and enjoy the new Play Store experience.

Thanks, Luis Coelho!

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • http://www.androidradar.de/ Leif

    Google Play Movies is finally available here in Germany since midnight. Maybe it has to do something with it.

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

      Do you happen to have any links announcing this? Last few times +Google Play was pretty good at keeping everyone posted.

      • Bobo

        I can confirm that. It went straight with the Hangouts on air streaming I think

  • EvertVP

    Heheh... Didn't even need to download a .apk. Somehow got it already. And still I wait for the newest international HOX update.

    • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

      same here, it automatically updated on its own just now.

    • gaurav

      which country are you from?

      • EvertVP

        Belgium

  • Jerry Gooch

    Perhaps its a fix for the new app encryption? I know it had been disabled due to issues.

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

      Good call, I'll wait for developers to confirm this.

      • David

        I just tested it. Play Store 3.8.15 doesn't fix the issue, paid apps are still installed to /mnt/asec.

    • David

      It has never been disabled. It was a wrong information from h-online.

  • makapav

    To the author: I like your sense of humor there :-)

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

      Thank you, sir.

      • Abhisshek Das

        Me too Artem Really Great Sense of Humor ^_^ :D HAhahahah

  • http://btwnworlds.tumblr.com/ Lou G

    I'm still waiting for mine to update. I have no idea, other than download the apk, how to get the update. Or maybe it'll do it automatically, I don't know. Nexus 7 is my first android device.

    • http://twitter.com/oOBlueOo Haunter

      It should do it on it's own. To check app version go in to settings>apps>all>Google Play Store. Apparently mine already updated, as I check my version a few minutes ago.

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

      It does it automatically at unpredictable periods, especially if the release is staggered. It's always faster to download and install manually from something like AP (the end result is exactly the same).

      • http://btwnworlds.tumblr.com/ Lou G

        Fair enough. I mean I don't care when it does, I just like to stay up to date yknow? old habit from iOS.

        • Samuel Riksfjord

          Yay a convert!

          • http://btwnworlds.tumblr.com/ Lou G

            Indeed!

            It's taking awhile to getting used to, but yeah I love Android.

        • ocdtrekkie

          I bear no ill will towards those who have seen the Light. :)

        • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

          There are just some people who must randomly downvote. I got a few downvotes the other day when I answered a simple question with facts. There was no opinion at all and it wasn't a hostile issue...

          I just chalk it up as being the same types of people who gave every girl a 1 on Hot Or Not (before it became...is that a dating site now?).

          • http://btwnworlds.tumblr.com/ Lou G

            I have no clue, but I see what you're saying and it makes sense to me!

        • http://www.facebook.com/vjgambit Vj Gambit

          Same here... I'm a new Android user, and still didn't get used to some things... but I'm loving the freedom...

          • http://btwnworlds.tumblr.com/ Lou G

            Oh am I loving the freedom! especially the nexus 7--able to root if I want, unlock the bootloader, etc.

            I'm still nervous to root (again, iOS worries coming back) but I'm inching towards it at the same time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/flguillemette Francois Guillemette

    I'm on Nexus 7, updated with mirror file, and I find it more responsive.
    It feels faster also, loadings are shorter.
    Anyone confirms this ?

  • Kelvin Davis

    Awakening embedded functionality later?

  • Elliot

    One thing I notice is that when clicking on an app to go to its page there's no longer the spinning wheel. Thank god because it was only ever on there for a half second(with a decent connection) and was probably just unnecessarily slowing everything down. But it still shows up between hitting install and the accept permissions page(for a split second, annoying)

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

      Still shows up for me, though very briefly. I would imagine on a slower connection it will show up longer.

      • Reg

        Try it on an app that needs updating Im not seeing the wheel the screen flashes really quick (EVO LTE) might just be my phone. When I press back I see it for a sec.

  • Polo79

    When the heck are they going to fix the bug where when in search results and a couple pages down the list and you click back it takes you back to the top of the list? So effing annoying.

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

      Oh yeah, tested that too, forgot to mention.

    • David Keith

      That is my biggest complaint about the Play Store.....

    • http://www.gvblog.com/ Greg Virtucio

      This irritates me too!

  • Johnjunior

    I had a look to see could I see any
    differences between version 3.8.15 and the previous version 3.7.15 and the only
    difference I could find is now the active page has a green line under it's
    title as can be seen in your picture number 2.

  • James Jun

    I really wish Google used the Holo theme in it's Play Store. I feel like the black is reminiscent of the Android Market, and really not suitable for what the Play Store is as a whole. Just a little mockup I did in my spare time, with what I feel like Google should have - bigger icons.

    • GazaIan

      It is Holo. Holo is not restricted to a defined set of colors, but naturally it's Holo Light or Holo Dark. GPlay just uses different colors. Holo Red seems to be fairly popular too.

  • Superchango

    Hello, Thanks for the update, just want to ask is this safe to download, I mean it's the store update! Credit Card numbers and all. Don't mean no disrespect to the uploader I'm just. Asking. Cheers.

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

      It's safe - the apk is signed by Google and if it were touched in any way, it would have been impossible to install it. Cryptology is a beautiful thing, isn't it?

  • http://profiles.google.com/cbeach Chris Beach

    Purchased apps as a separate list? Some way to remove apps from my apps? God there's so much they should fix...

  • damain

    Goed

  • http://twitter.com/unrulywizdom M★rc

    I've noticed sharper images in the app previews as well as a switch in the order of the Open and Uninstall buttons.

  • Suriya kumar

    Will this works on Gingerbread???

  • shinny

    hello!please sir!can i get authentication to play store in myanmar ?i have already signed into google mail acc & google talk acc!but i can't!!!!my ph is galaxy nexus!!help me sir!i bought that from singapore!
    thanks!!!!!

  • lalaloopsy

    Thank you

  • herbert

    How can i fix playstore on my phone?

  • bilal

    I like you google

  • Jack

    Good

  • jojo

    Does it work?and can you get it free?

  • diego

    Diegogracia

  • diego

    8175247723

  • sadaf amir

    Tht is my biggest complaint about the play store

  • ashu

    How can I download google play application

  • tarhata

    I want to download this

  • barryc

    can i use this to download google play to a kindle fire hd in australia

  • bata2552@hotmail .com

    I want it

  • bossy

    I want it
    !!!
    !

  • Mary

    Helped so much thanks
    (:

  • artemisia

    Well i just got for the first time in my life a novapad and it has andrioid etc but it doesnt have the white bag for Google.how do i fix it???

  • http://www.facebook.com/terrygardner1234 Terry Gardner

    I cannot get this to work on the archos arnova 10b G3

  • محمدللهم حمد

    الحمد لله

  • kii

    so good

  • anton

    Other payment options? Like PayPal? I would appreciate that!

  • josiah

    I want your app

  • jim

    Your cooll google play

  • ibrahim

    how to download shoot bubble delux game from google play

  • sattar

    Google playr store

  • sattar

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  • sarma

    Haw to apply google play