Last Updated: October 13th, 2013

On the heels of the Android 4.2 dump from the Nexus 4, today we have a slightly updated version of the Google Play Store with version 3.9.17 that follows the previously released version 3.9.16.

What's New

Upon closer inspection and analysis, I found a new set of XXHDPI 144x144px icons for tablets with similar to the Nexus 10 high density as well as some changes to the code for recommendations and Play Store widgets, though I couldn't pinpoint the exact differences in those. Visually, the widgets seemed the same. The new icons account for the 120K bump in size compared to 3.9.16.

There could be other minor or under-the-hood changes that I haven't discovered yet. If you do find them, drop us a line in the comments.

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File Size History

  • com.android.vending-3.5.19.apk 3.81MB (4,000,309 bytes)
  • com.android.vending-3.7.11.apk 5.07MB (5,319,551 bytes)
  • com.android.vending-3.7.13.apk 5.07MB (5,322,241 bytes)
  • com.android.vending-3.7.15.apk 5.07MB (5,322,517 bytes)
  • com.android.vending-3.8.15.apk 5.35MB (5,618,814 bytes)
  • com.android.vending-3.8.17.apk 5.35MB (5,618,730 bytes)
  • com.android.vending-3.9.16.apk 5.22 MB (5,482,490 bytes)
  • com.android.vending-3.9.17.apk 5.34 MB (5,610,397 bytes)


The APK is signed by Google and installs cleanly on top of any other Play Store version. Just download it to your device and install as you would any other APK.

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.

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  • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

    Hmm. Really hoping a redesigned Play Store, both for web and Android, is coming. Google Play on the web still uses the legacy Google black bar.

    Thanks! Really can't wait to order a Nexus 4 on November 13th.

    • Chris

      legacy? the blackbar is like a year old......

      expect a redesign in the play store app 4.0

      • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

        Google Play uses the old black bar, not the newer, and in my opinion better, black bar that Gmail, Drive etc uses. In that way, it is a legacy feature.

  • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

    Oh, Artem or anyone else: has the Play Music app been updated at all? I find the current version to be pretty buggy.

    • ddpacino

      In what manner?! It's never been buggy for me.

      • Chris

        it still fells like a beta

    • http://blog.ravrahn.net/ Owen Cassidy

      It's been buggy for me too. I can't see it in the Play Store, either, because I'm not in America :/

    • Chris

      agreed. it still fells like a beta.

  • http://www.facebook.com/YAYSAVERGN Eric James Salcido

    Is anyone else besides me hoping in the future they'll be XXXHDPI? Just so we can laugh?

    • Leandros99

      XXHDPI is a acronym for a size which is not ldpi, mdpi, hdpi or xhdpi.
      Basically, everything which is higher than xhdpi is xxhdpi.

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

        Yeah, we know.

    • http://twitter.com/psych2L Joseph Lee

      Well 4K is a thing after all ;)

      • http://www.dsaif.tk/ Saif

        Phones & Tablets should not exceed 1080p.. it's getting ridiculous

        • http://twitter.com/Codexx Cody Curry

          Inevitably, we should be seeing 4K on everything. TVs can barely do it right now, though, and they have less pixels to push.

    • TomRowly

      I don't think we will go any further than XXHDPI. It's already too dense for your eyes to distinguish between the pixels. Any more will be literally pointless.

  • Flaime DeFeo

    How do you guys find these things? Do you look at the version number of the Play Store daily or something?

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

      Tips mostly - as they usually hit someone else first before hitting our devices.

    • Chris

      what @archon810:disqus said but also if any changes happen they take a loom at the version number.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aaronliaison Aaron De Vries

    thanks, I could be mistaken but I think the layout on landscape mode on my Galaxy Nexus has changed (larger tiles)

    • http://www.dsaif.tk/ Saif

      Landscape View has changed

  • mgamerz

    In the current version, the notifications are expandable. If you do the expandable motion on an update notification it will say what ones can be updated, but the notification physically does not expand.

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

      It was expandable in the previous version too.

  • PhilNelwyn

    Did the header, with the title of the app/game/movie(...) and the "buy" button, remain at the top of the page in the previous version?

  • blunden

    @archon810:disqus You might want to check out the posts by Google employee Kirill Grouchnikov. My guess is those changes are in this new version.




    • ddpacino

      Nice find!!

      • thu


  • Wanie

    Can doawnload for iPad

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


    • Joseph Cascio

      I hope you are just trollin.

    • got runs?

      ha ha.

  • http://www.williamint.com William Aleman

    I know this is not the place, but I just want the new chromebook, can't seem to find it anywhere.

  • jazzruby

    An extra resolution was added:

    3.9.16 [ 160 240 320 65535 ]
    3.9.17 [ 160 240 320 480 65535 ]

  • http://www.facebook.com/idan.yael Idan Yael

    What is this upload/download floating display you got on the screen shots?

  • sudeep sahu

    One new feature which I think its new is when purchasing an app it'll ask to enter your Google password.
    I did not buy an app with the older one so I might be wrong.

  • Chris

    When viewing an app page in landscape mode, the "share" button is back along side the wishlist button

    The scrollable tabs (Featured, top paid, top free etc) seems to be smaller and text seems to be sharper. Not sure if this was there before, but there is a thick black divider line between pages now and the line, if you look closely fades on to the tabs.

    seems a bit faster, but then again it seems that way in the last update before it got "stale"

  • ObamaisaDouche

    wow, thanks for the completely useless update, google. your playstore still sucks balls.

  • Heng

    Google Play Store should be have a lot of free software, Games, Dictionary like iPhone App Store. When your Play Store has a lot of those software are fee the market smart phone will be your hand soon.

  • Darren Henderson

    With this update, I can now use the play store over an OpenGarden bluetooth VPN connection. nice

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  • pyaesonehmue

    very very good for smart phone

  • ryan johnston

    will this work on nextbook next8p?

  • pegasus7

    Not working on CyanogenMod 10... :(

  • tax


  • rom

    i accidentally tap a password then i can't remember it. how can i create a NEW account on google play store! because whenever i open google play store, it says that i have to put the password!! please help ASAP

  • dm5356

    just purchased an Asus tablet TF300T-A1-BK can't play .avi, .mkv, mp4 videos please help

  • Samuel


  • Tyx

    I installed it but everytime I try to open it nothing happens.
    And BTW, my device is a Coolpad 9120 bought in China. Does this problem haveanything to do with China censoring google services?

  • naghmeh

    I cant use the google play to nter and use the play store. I downloaded the3.9.17 version but when i opent it it closes unexpedectedly. I tried to install the last version but it was not possible. My phone is Galaxy GtI9000. Could u pls help me?

  • ghghghg

    Hey jiffy

  • Bangalore


  • roja

    Hey i need to find an app store to download games

    • Serj D

      Get black mart

  • roja

    This fucking thing

  • ahmed after


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  • Brad Kelly

    everytime i try and download an app on google play via my tablet it says
    error while retrieving information from the server. [RPC:S-5:AEC-0]

  • Brad Kelly

    everytime i try and download an app on google play via my tablet it says
    error while retrieving information from the server. [RPC:S-5:AEC-0]
    PLEASE HELP as we bought four of these for our kids for christmas

  • Brad Kelly

    please can someone help everytime i try and download an app on google play via my tablet it says
    error while retrieving information from the server. [RPC:S-5:AEC]

  • Brad Kelly

    everytime i try and download an app on google play via my tablet it says
    error while retrieving information from the server. [RPC:S-5:AEC-0]
    sorry this is the full error code

  • magiijlbib

    good thanks

  • PtMad

    I live in the Carribbean and I bought a Zeepad via Amazon. I downloaded lots of apps via google Play. A few days later, i couldn't anymore because it kept sending me this erroe message. My husband also bought a Smartphone and he downloads apps from Google Play having no trouble at all. Please help!

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  • angelica

    can it work in corby 2

  • Diane

    I lost my play store app. so how can I get it back

    • Kasmira Bridgette Gonzales Can

      i lost my google play store
      how can i download again??

      • Kaity

        Use browser

  • atun


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  • kk23

    Won't let me bowlond hat it suck's on ice

  • http://twitter.com/CredoSean Sean Michael Credo

    i dont know how to download the play store software. can you pleas teach me

  • http://www.facebook.com/annette.brownson.9 Annette Brownson

    I don't have google play how do I get it help me please

  • moussa

    i just want be inside

  • Lynda

    My Google play when it starts to load is says Server error then it says Unfortunately, Google play store has stopped. Help please.

  • bujar

    how to downllawd this

  • allyzia a. tadifa

    When I bought my tablet my google play store won't open and I had already delete it. What should I do?

  • hassan shah

    i want start my google play store but he asked me no connection even my wifi on

  • Serj D

    I get a message "unfortunately the google play store stopped" everytime I launch it does anyone knows how to solve this?

  • kishan

    Best Google's app store

  • flori

    How can i download play store becaus my tablet don't hev

  • Kaity

    How.do you download this

  • Smriti

    I really don't know how to download Google play store.Can someone plzzzzzz help