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Last Updated: October 13th, 2013

An incremental update to the massively refreshed Google Play Store started rolling out yesterday evening. The new version is 4.0.26 while the previous version from April 9th was 4.0.25.

As expected, there are no major changes in this release, just minor bug fixes, as confirmed by Ron's quick teardown and comparison. I also dug around and found one more changed file Ron didn't mention - something called AutoUpdateMigrationHelper. It's not obvious what this Activity does, but likely nothing important.

Additionally, we started seeing reports of the Play Store's featured/promotional and recommended content coming back to life for those of you outside the U.S. The 4.0 update broke the functionality for many (though to be fair, Google warned that the update was only officially rolling out in the U.S. for the time being), but it looks like Google started repopulating this content in certain areas. Some are getting both recommendations and featured, while others are only seeing the former. Something is better than blank pages though, right? For further info, see here and here. We've confirmed that 4.0.26 has no bearing on this aspect of the Play Store - the timing is just a coincidence.

Even though v4.0.26 doesn't contain big improvements, we always try to make the latest version of the Play Store available to anyone looking for it. As before, you will find 3 mirrors towards the bottom of this page as well as one multi-mirror.

As a refresher, here are the main highlights of the big 4.0 redesign. The new Play Store looks a lot better, especially on tablets. It groups similar content together, continues showing recommendations as you keep scrolling, and simplifies the purchasing process. Each app in lists now has a handy Install button - just click the menu icon at the top right corner of any card, then press Install. Furthermore, in-app purchases can now be performed without leaving the context of the app you're in. And finally, the annoying post-install screen that appeared a short while ago is also gone.

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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)
  • com.android.vending-3.10.9.apk 5.87 MB (6,158,861 bytes)
  • com.android.vending-3.10.10.apk 5.87 MB (6,160,306 bytes)
  • com.android.vending-3.10.14.apk 5.88 MB (6,174,123 bytes)
  • com.android.vending-4.0.25.apk 5.89 MB (6,183,354 bytes)
  • com.android.vending-4.0.26.apk 5.89 MB (6,181,405 bytes)

Download

Warning: If you're outside the U.S., you may not see featured/promotional/recommended content for a bit. Once Google is ready to roll this release out in other countries, the content should start populating as you would expect. The rest of the Play Store works just fine. See the discussion towards the beginning of this page for more information on the current state of affairs.

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.

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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  • MerdescuRazvan

    Have it. Gorgeous!

  • nickmorgs

    Any idea when 4.0 is coming to to the UK ?

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

      Nope, but it shouldn't be much longer, officially.

      • JonJJon

        Artem do you experience this little bug or inconsistency in the new Play Store in the US; when browsing the app cards, some prices (whether paid or free) don't show on the cards until I have go into and then out of the app's page. It isn't too often but every few scrolls of pages of cards I'll see one or two without a price on them. Was wondering if this is a bug in the app or just the price not being loaded from the server side properly on first pull of data? (UK user with latest Play Store .26 app)

    • Robert Blenkinsopp

      Unofficially it works fine, recommendations are working, just featured content on the front page that's lacking.

    • Alan

      Should be working now, I just checked it and it looks like it's all working now. I'm using the 4.0.25 version as well.

  • wickets

    I still dont have the 4.025 update/vzw/note2.....is goog really taking weeks instead of days to roll this update out?

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

      If you're in the U.S., just sideload it. It's absolutely safe.

      • choppo

        dont need to "sideload"

        • Nick Klenchik

          That's not what your mom said last night

      • wickets

        Thanks......its just annoying that they come up with an update and then take forever to send it out. If this was the doing of a regular developer the 'community' would chew then a new %^#!@+! LOL...thanks again for the great articles/info you post

    • JG

      Oh, don't worry... I got the 4.0 update on my Droid X 2-3 days ago, but my Nexus 7 is still rocking the old Play Store... So much for the Nexus line getting the newest software updates first :)

      • MistiXF

        Firmware != software

  • http://www.facebook.com/SoukthachoneVilaysack Soukthachone Vilaysack

    mine auto updated the other day. at least they have a section under my home page for "JRPG" but that's not enough. they still need to also revamp their game categories. so lacking

  • http://twitter.com/dewadg Dewa DeeGee

    Wow, nice info. Updating mine

  • http://twitter.com/and1945 Andreas Brandenborg

    I live in Denmark, so seeing it for the first time, is great.... thank you.

  • Kofi Amihere

    Featured/Promotional/Recommended/ content is live in Canada as of yesterday.

    • http://twitter.com/Rodrigost23 Rodrigo Tavares

      and in Brazil too! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/ilumtulm Koté Khutsishvili

    Why doesn't it update itself? Is it good way to update manually?

    • http://www.facebook.com/aarontrevor Aaron Sentell

      It does. You just have to wait longer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alfuen00 Alberto Fuentes

    Working fine in México, recommendations come back to life with this last one! Thanks!!!

  • http://twitter.com/ing_chamu Ubaldo Flores

    Got the new update here in Mexico. Makes my Nexus 7 look bomb.

    https://twitter.com/ing_chamu/status/325062577602326528

  • Taomyn

    Really annoyed they replaced the PIN protection of purchases with using your Gmail account password :-(

    • wickets

      OH NO!!!........that sucks....the ;less places that have my password the better

    • http://twitter.com/hjayarr Henry Meuwissen Jr

      +1 to that (or maybe more like +9000). Now apparently your choices are no security for purchases, a weak (easy to type on mobile) Google password, or typing out a decently secure password every time you want to buy something. The PIN feature was a great idea, now we're stuck copying the App Store or leaving it totally open.

  • hp tripathi

    U sure it's safe??? Im a new android user don''t have much idea about these stuff?

    • yahyoh

      yep its 1000% safe ;-)

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

      As I said in the article...

  • Samuel Hart

    When I updated Play Magazine there was no tickbox for autoupdate, but when I clicked the update button it popped up a "do you want to auto update this over WIFI" message. Might that be the migration helper?

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

      The autoupdate stuff moved to the menu. There's now an option there.

  • http://twitter.com/SourabhSekhar12 Sourabh Sekhar

    any approx date about when the categories will roll out in india

  • mark beckford

    Ya this update is much better:-)

  • Sorian

    Thanks for the downloads. Had to push it to all 3 of my devices still stuck in 3.10.9-10

  • lebanese

    work great even in lebanon!

  • Jadephyre

    Newest version (4.0.26) now works correctly in Germany, tested on a GNex & N7, both running CM10.1 Nightlies.

  • ho

    love the new version

  • ananda

    Why Play Store ask the permission to send text message?

  • ITGeekMonkeys

    Absolutely awful UI. I'm sorry, this is nothing more than a Google Apps redo. I thought Play was an effort to move away from this childish, unsophisticated and down right ugly UI.

    • http://twitter.com/ShaneJax Shane Jackson

      What you don't like the new theme "Beaten with a ugly stick". The artist are so dissapoint

  • assaf

    good

  • Dave

    The homepage is working in the UK!

  • cameron charles

    the promotional content etc is live in aus now too, weirdly none of the devices i havent manually updated have got the update on their own yet despite the content being live

  • brilliant hearted

    Thank you for uninstalling this app

  • Perceptic

    I'm so glad they got rid of the stupidly pointless 'Keep Shopping' page!

  • shubesh

    The best of all world

  • yamtam

    how can i download this ? D:
    My google play isnt working anymore & i disabled it

  • Partho S. Saha

    My Google Play Store does not open in Samsung GT-19082

  • G McC

    Sorry but light gray text on a white background on a small screen (GS3) in daylight is crap and I see no way to change it.

  • billal Hossain

    I need one play stor

  • panos

    Thefirst

  • dominique

    How long does it download

  • irwan

    My Google play store hase ben los

  • Nafisah

    what are the mirrors for? i just want the proper one download link for this one. how do i do that? im confused as to what the mirrors are for.. do i download all of them? or do i just choose any one?

  • febie

    how to download the latest version of google play store on my pc

  • Oengsavet

    Oengsavet