Last Updated: October 12th, 2013

A couple of hours ago, the Android 4.3 system dump was leaked for the Nexus 4, and while I was digging through it, I found that it contained an updated Play Store, version 4.2.3. The latest Play Store currently used by Google is 4.1.10.

What's New?

I've looked through it, and from what I can tell, it has some sort of additions related to the new functionality for restricting user access to Google Play. I suspect this is used in multi-user situations, where the primary user doesn't want secondary ones to be able to install things, but I haven't been able to confirm it just yet on the Nexus 7. Maybe there is a new menu that shows up in Android 4.3...

Another theory proposed by commenter Markus is that it's possible that this new functionality is meant for restricting Play Store's usage on devices that aren't licensed to use it and don't come with it pre-installed, which would... suck, though I don't see how Google could enforce it.

There is a new Activity called com.google.android.finsky.activities.AccessRestrictedActivity and this related new string:

    <string name="limited_user_text">"You don't have permission to use Google Play Store."</string>

That's about it based on a quick teardown but if you notice anything else, please drop us a line below.

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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)
  • com.android.vending-4.1.6.apk 5.75 MB (6,036,474 bytes)
  • com.android.vending-4.1.10.apk 5.76 MB (6,040,792 bytes)
  • com.android.vending-4.2.3.apk 5.76 MB (6,046,580 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.

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    • Tom

      OMG Jackie Chan is real!

      • Rohit

        How are you getting internet in the 18th century?

  • disqus_is_good

    Awesome. You guys are the best.

  • biggerguysf

    I still wish they would put some of the old functionality back in the play store, like the listing of installed apps on all of your individual android devices. Maybe next update...

  • MasterMuffin

    "The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe" Master key exploit, anyone?

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

      Master Key should be patched in 4.3. It installed there fine, which confirms it's legitimately signed.


      • MasterMuffin

        It was ment as a joke, I don't think you guys would put malware on our devices anyway.

        • Michael Ta

          hell yes they can. but they won't.

          • MasterMuffin

            That's why I used the word "would" instead of "could" :)

          • Michael Ta

            yea i thought it was could. My badd.

        • PhilNelwyn

          They wouldn't.
          But what if they get hacked and the file/link is replaced?

      • Omar Feliciano

        Master Key is patched on Sprint S3 4.1.2 Build MD4.

      • PhilNelwyn

        "Master Key should be patched in 4.3."

        I don't get it...
        Is this only installable on Android 4.3?

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

          No, this is for all. I'm saying if I could install it in 4.3 and Master Key is patched, it wouldn't have let me install it if it were maliciously repacked.

          • PhilNelwyn

            Ok, crystal-clear.
            I'm so dense sometimes... *sigh*

  • Markus

    Maybe this new function might also prohibit using Play Store on non certified devices on which it doesn't come preinstalled...?

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

      Maybe. That would suck.

      • Guillaume ‘XpLoDWilD’

        It pretty much already happens with build fingerprint... And unless they changed that, using the build fingerprint of another device works well.

        • Cerberus_tm

          Yes, just use Xprivacy to change what Play sees as the device...it's a really neat application that can protect your privacy the way Pdroid can, but it's more comprehensive, and installing it is much easier (it works on any ROM, but make sure you carefully follow the instructions to install it).

    • infogulch

      I'm thinking parental controls with multiple users.

  • Lim Wee Huat

    With this, I feel like I'm running 4.3 already. Thanks!

  • NoOne

    Will this work on CM 10.1? (JB 4.2.2)

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


  • Dave Hazleton

    just installed on my mb865 atrix2

  • Jordan Khoviteri-Zadeh

    I flashed 4.3 to my Nexus 4. It needs new radios (having problems connecting to Google's servers for syncing and such) but it's staggeringly quick and smooth. Way smoother than 4.2.

    • SlenderSniper

      Hopefully when it releases for the nexus 7 it improves performance as week

    • Cerberus_tm

      Are you sure that isn't because you have less applications installed on your brand-new Android?

  • disparkys

    "I won't post links to his dropbox"

    (you can see the link on the IRC chat log)

  • brhoom

    What is that app used in screen shot "data usage app" and it's in the top of the screen ???????

    • GreenyO

      Network monitor mini I guess.

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

        Correct. It's the bandwidth app, my favorite app of all Android apps.

        • Tom

          Its about time that you will share a post with all your favorite must have apps :)

  • Guktong

    Is this new look works on ICS 4.0.4? Because i've download & install it but nothing change...

  • Ben Enos

    Downloaded and installed Thanks guys!

  • SlenderSniper

    Won't let me install it. Whenever I tap on the notification that it's been downloaded, I get a toast notification that says "Can't Open File"

    • No

      Use a file explorer

      • SlenderSniper

        That worked. Thanks!

  • KishanRathod

    It might be an enterprise level feature to restrict Google Play access.

  • mihaits

    I'm in Romania and after the update I noticed I now have acces to Books.

  • Leonardo Farage Freitas

    Strange, seconds ago there was 14 comments and while I was checking something on the article above for a reply, it turned to have 32 comments and none of the 14 comments I read before. Someone else experienced that?

  • Tom Kidron

    Tried to install the APK on my S2 and it rebooted during installation.
    i tried again and it worked this time.

  • asdf

    i could be wrong but there are two things that i noticed with this release:
    1. 'Trending' tab for Play Store Apps at the most right hand side
    2. If you had a problem like this: you were browsing for apps from one of the tabs, for instance apps under 'Top New Free'. You clicked on #15 app, pressed back. Then you clicked on #38 app, pressed back. It went back to the screen where #15 app was located instead of remembering your last location. This is fixed in this release.

  • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

    I'm still on 4.1.6, is that normal (EVO 3D ICS)?

    • Huton Gergö

      I'm too on 4.1.6 on N4 :)
      Too big staged rollout :|

    • Alex

      Same for me, using a Nexus 4...
      Maybe something region related?

  • http://twitter.com/TedvdB Ted van den Brink

    In The Netherlands I can buy books in the store since this update!

  • Jeffrey Smith

    Related to the limited user stuff... in the Users.UserManagerSystemFacade class ... It is checking (via reflection) for a method in android.os.UserManager with the signature 'boolean isLinkedUser()' and from that is setting a member called 'mIsLimited' which is then used elsewhere in the vending code via a 'boolean isLimitedUser()' method. If the reflection fails, isLimitedUser() always returns false. So if someone was interested, they could dig around for isLinkedUser in android.os.UserManager in one of the 4.3 ROMs to see what's going on.

    • Jeffrey Smith

      At this point, I'm pretty sure that in Android 4.3, when adding a new user you will get an additional choice. The new user can be a 'Trusted User' or a 'Limited User' (a.k.a. 'Restricted profile'). By default, limited users will not be able to access certain user management functions, nor will they be able to share location information. Maybe this will be detailed further when Ron does a write-up on the 4.3 ROM.

  • Crispin Swickard

    Previously on my N10 the text right details area would flash randomly. Doesn't seem to be happening with this version. About time. That drove me crazy...

    • Matthew Fry

      In the my apps list? That was happening to me. Also I'd tap an app and it would jump to some other app before I could hit the open button or update button.

      • Crispin Swickard

        Yea, I was having the exact same thing. Had to tap on the app really quickly if it was a manual update in order to select update. It was pretty annoying. After this version I selected multiple apps, and let it set there, and no sign of that happening.

        I was surprised I never saw any comments about that issue on the last few updates since the big redesign. Glad to see it seems to be gone though.

        • Matthew Fry

          Awesome! Downloading now to all my devices.

  • avinash_g

    Anyone has force close issues when swiping through full screen screenshots?
    I have this issue since play store was updated to v4

  • Dennious

    Could Be a Restriction not to use the play store if you dont have the pass.

  • Sergio

    Btw, Am I the only one whose N4's current play store version is 4.1.6?

    • QwietStorm

      Just noticed mine is 4.1.6 too.

  • mj

    my google play store still say unfortunately it has stopped. its been for months now :(

    • Wesley Modderkolk

      clear app data in Settings>Apps

  • Nick Bieter

    Guest mode on Tablets?

    That would be a better implementation, allow the user access to the browser and apps where the user doesn't log in, but restrict access to download or purchase content on the Play Store. That would be the not evil thing to do.

    Of course they could be locking it to only pre installed devices. So much for custom ROMs now!

  • Dave

    I installed it but it directly links me to the apps section. I cannot get to the screen posted in the article.

  • Mark LaFlamme

    Play Store works great on my Galaxy S3. On the desktop? Friggin terrible. Slow loading and pages get all skewed. I thought that might be my ancient monitor, but I've found the problem on other computers, as well.

  • stephanie tittle

    I absolutly love google its wonderful.! But it is not on my new tablet and I would like to know how to get it?
    Anyone have any idea how I could do that?

  • दिनेश राठौर

    Play store is not working on my divice

  • analiza

    Thank you.

  • kevin

    Failed to download, why?

  • confused.mama

    Gahh I'm so confused with all this stuff haha' I have a friend asked me to get the play store on this tablet and i def didn't think it would be difficult. Can anyone help me out? Idk what to download here idk what everything means haha' I have an android phone.. figured it would be about the same... but I'm lost :/

  • Emmanuel Boadu-Darko

    hey, i'm unable to download the play store app on my tablet. Any help, pls?

  • jjjj


  • mrjohnesberg

    what should i do with my google play store i alway get the error wrong source code 920 all the time is there anyway to solve it ???

  • ryan

    None of the app icons load any more in the play store. As well as preview pictures for any particular app. Help. Nexus 4. Kitkat.

  • Supun Anjana Lakshan

    Doesnt work with Huawei Y32 Android 4.2.2

  • elLfa

    download playstore