Last Updated: October 13th, 2013

A minor update to the new, cleaner Google Play Store v4.0 started rolling out earlier today. The new version is 4.0.27 which follows closely the previous version from April 19th - 4.0.26.

Ron and I tore down the apk but found only minor changes to translations and a small change to the manifest that removed android:excludeFromRecents="true" from one of the billing activities. There could be something we missed, but it does look really-really minor. If you're bugged by something like "marcados como NUEVO" vs "marcados como NUEVOS" and similar fixes, then by all means, download away. Your Play Store should update soon anyway, whether you want it or not.

Oh, and this is not fixed. Argh. But hey - it's on the list. Yay!

As was the case a week ago, we are seeing more and more reports of the Play Store's featured/promotional and recommended content coming back to life for those of you outside the U.S. When the Play Store refresh just came out, only people in the U.S. could see such content. It has since started showing up in many other countries, so if you've been holding off upgrading until further notice, consider yourself notified.

Even though v4.0.27 doesn't contain big improvements, we always try to make the latest version of the Play Store available to anyone looking for it. You will find 3 mirrors towards the bottom of this page as well as a multi-mirror should the first three links fail.

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)
  • com.android.vending-4.0.27.apk 5.89 MB (6,181,458 bytes)


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.

  • łukasz

    I wonder when in poland updated at all for 4

    • Angry_Badger

      Yeah we dont have v4 in the UK yet either.....

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

        I've heard reports that v4 started rolling out in UK already. Try it out - you should see the featured/related stuff fine.

        • OSagnostic

          I have 4.0.27 in the UK (OTA not side loaded)

    • woj_tek

      I got OTA update to v4 yesterday... and I'm not too happy about it - it LOOKS AWFUL (yuck!) and it's laggy (i9250).

      • timbo

        less laggy than v3 and it looks like the rest of googles stuff.

        • woj_tek

          It looks like the google now, which I don't use... v3 looked lovely with rather holo-ish look... not it doesn't fit with rest of the holo android UI...

          • enomele

            I disagree. The color yes, but I like the layout tons better. The card ui gives it a Google look.

          • woj_tek

            that's the thing - I don't like 'the google look' and I consider it a step backwards comparing to holo uI...

      • wickets

        The person at google whom is responsible for picking the green should be shot at dawn sans ciggie or blindfold....disgusting!!!!!!

        • Gav456

          Whom is used if the subject is Not performing the action. "To whom should I (I'm performing the action) be speaking?"
          If the subject Is performing the action, it's who.

          welcome =D

          • wickets

            HAHA....thanks for the reminder.

      • MasterMuffin

        it looks good when DPI is small enough and you get the huge icon rows <3

    • Gawel

      I have the new version already. Although no promotional content yet.

    • http://www.facebook.com/johnphillip.saayman John-Phillip Saayman

      Also not in south Africa, we're still on 3.10

    • http://www.facebook.com/dostor1 Dávid Östör

      I updated Play Store to v4 from the apk announced here, and I see featured/related apps in Hungary.

    • Comander BARNIK

      Yes we have still like.. 3.5? Would it still work if I've installed it manually?

  • Alvin Brinson

    I'll stick with 4.0.25 a little longer, I suppose... doing the dpi hack to 132dpi for my Touchpad is 3 minutes of my life I can waste better on other useless tasks, like staring off into space.

    • http://twitter.com/Mo3tasm Mo3tasm

      staring off into space is what i do all the time...

      • Cherokee4Life

        well you could have done it in the time it took you to read this article and write a comment... haha, i'm to lazy to install it myself so I can't talk.

  • Jeremy Gilliam

    Great news, great news. Thanks AP again for all the relevant news first.

  • sri_tech

    Hi guys,

    I have never side loaded any app till now.
    Can anyone tell me how to do that?

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

      Just download the app and install it.

      • sri_tech

        I did it with some app installer.

        • Chris

          you dont need to. download it on your phone (meaning go to this page on your phone) and install it.

      • Cherokee4Life

        hahaha i laughed out loud. thank you sir

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Cannan/100000630162509 Steven Cannan

          Hello I uninstalled it accidentally then installed it from here and now its crashing and won't open help?

    • teja

      u r wp fan right ? what ru doing with android ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/abhikurve Abhi Kurve

    Can anyone confirm this working in India?

    • MAN

      Yes its working from 4.0.25
      recommendations also available from this update

  • lexiconmagic

    Spain is looking good now (finally)!

  • http://www.facebook.com/maanavv.tripathi Maanavv Tripathi


  • naskox

    It's there an official way to force the update?

    • Chris

      by downloading the apk listed above....

  • PhoenixPath

    Still haven't gotten the first update on my N10. My Nexus got it a week ago.

    Strange stuff.

  • Sycobob

    The Open/Update and Install/Buy/Uninstall buttons are so small in v4. Seems like an odd change for touch devices. There's unused space to the left of them too. I was sort of hoping it was a mistake.

    • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

      In reality though, the buttons aren't really that small compared to the old interface (at least to me). The probably made the buttons smaller to tighten up the interface a bit.

  • http://twitter.com/Pascalwb Pascal

    Why they made icons so big.

  • Ron

    I don't like it -- mainly because before, everything was 2 columns. Now, it's all single column, except for Trending which is triple column. That means there is a tonload of empty space I need to scroll through. If everything could be made like the triple column Trending, I'd like this a lot more.

  • http://twitter.com/DS1997247 Daniel DS

    My GT-I9100 just got v4 a few days ago, while my Nexus7 is still on v3.x... I live in Israel

  • Kamil Tollinger

    Store gradually becomes unusable. Last year disappeared the ability to display a list of purchased applications. And now, instead of displaying twelve search results per screen (Play 3.10) shows only two to four big icons. I have a Samsung Galaxy S (i9000).

    • enomele

      I had a hard time reading this :S

  • http://www.facebook.com/narangerel.erka Narangerel Erka

    When Mongolia Supported Google Play Store Wallet or Pays.... mongolian smartphone users are limited...

  • gs3 user

    I think the new design and layout sucks, if it aint broke dont fix it is there a way to go back to the old look

  • Gav456

    I need help, AP. Updated to latest version: FC when I download/update anything. Uninstalled from root and reinstalled, same. Removed Google account and signed in again, same. Reverted to older version, same. Other than nandroid I'm stuck and don't have a recent one... any suggestions?

  • http://www.facebook.com/sriramvishwanath Sriram Vishwanath

    My note II is still on v3. They haven't started rolling out v4 to India have they?

    • Sharath

      They have

  • Makoute

    I don't even have the first update yet.

  • MrMathboi Reborn

    the problem is if i install this apk to my nexus 7, if the play store gets updated to 4.28 it wont get updated since i downloaded it as apk right? and its a tablet and it wont have the legit experience ? ,

  • kamran

    am from Pakistan I have a Samsung galaxy s2 my Google play is not working since I have updated my fone to jelly bean any one plzz help me ....have tried everything un installing the Google play and downloading from different sites but non works

    • sailingto

      samsung seems to block google playstore from working in the newest version.
      apps from mircrosoft and many places are missing at the samsung store.
      when google playstore is clicked, the application opens for about 2 seconds then it closes.
      if anyone has a solution, I would appreciate if you post a workaround solution.
      anyone know of other stores.
      because the samsung store really not worth using.

  • Drone

    V4 Working in India

  • jhollens

    Iwant downoad it on coby kyros 8048

  • Camille

    Hi. Please help me. How can I download Google store on my Colby kyros mid7038?please please help me..

  • http://profiles.google.com/freakqnc freakqnc .((•)).

    The minimum requirements should be posted with each version. The latest won't install on older (Gingerbread) versions and there's no telling which version should be downloaded to work with that version. Thanks

  • billal hossain

    Give me google play

  • Are Google geting retarded

    5" S4 screen and icon sized for retarded people.. The new Google play S*£@. The designers should get new glasses. Idiots!

  • ricky

    i got v4.0.27 here in Africa its really great


    How do you download the version?

  • liin

    Ok so where do you download....

  • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

    I generally like the new look of the Google Play Store, although I think they could have chosen a better choice of colors. How about making the colors a tad darker, like they are in the Google logo?

    Otherwise, I think the layout was a great improvement.

  • ew

    I'm am so confused as to how I download this

  • SlightlyFrustratedLittleBlonde

    I absolutely hate the new look. Why does my tablet look like it is set up for the visually impaired? It is outrageous for 7 inches of awesome to display only 6 icons (such a shame). I also enjoyed the darker look and the white and green is overwhelming. I hope they decide against this in the long run. I usually respect droids a lot but this seems to be a step back. I understand keeping things simple, but this is keeping things boring, unattractive, and illogical.

  • Paraxeus

    where is the DOWNLOAD BUTTON!?!?!

  • Adam Zhou

    Still haven't updated to v4 in Australia on my transformer pad

  • fuck u

    Fucken cunts play no long opens

  • yolo

    Its not letting me download the newest version on my kindle fire

  • santos


    • santos

      Is my google play add

  • Tony

    I can't download the app from here.then too the google play store app is very good and it contains many of the apps.

  • dharmendra kothari

    Park call sand insurance

  • play stor

    Hy babes

  • [email protected]

    This is brende is arlen at home sed me tuch

  • Deb Rout

    I had Google Market and didn't get an auto update of Google Play Store on my device. So was searching a lot and ended up in this post. I just downloaded the com.android.vending-4.0.27.apk file and transferred to my HTC Desire running on Android 2.3.3. Just installed the apk and Google Market got updated to Google Play. A very big thanks to Artem Russakovskii for uploading the Google Play Store apk file here.