Last Updated: October 12th, 2013

Simultaneously with the Android 4.3 release, Google started rolling out an update to the Play Store with version 4.2.9, which follows closely behind 4.2.3 from last week's Nexus 4 system dump leak.

What's New?

Version 4.2.3 already paved the way and gave us a clue that restricted accounts would be coming - a fact that was confirmed as a big new feature in 4.3 yesterday. 4.2.9 seems to be an even more minor release, with several new image assets, a few new strings, and supposedly some minimal UI changes to the widgets (the word hotseat comes up a lot). Neither Ron nor I were able to discern the differences in any of the widgets, however. Again, this is really minor stuff here. You can find Ron's teardown here, but essentially all the stuff he mentions is below.

The new images are:

  • flo_widget_empty_logo.png
  • ic_menu_check_holo_light.png
  • ic_hotseat_check_book.png
  • ic_hotseat_check_magazine.png
  • ic_hotseat_check_movies.png
  • ic_hotseat_check_music.png

flo_widget_empty_logo image image image image image

The new strings are:

<string name="widget_hotseat_title">Explore great content on Google Play</string>
<string name="widget_hotseat_welcome_title">Start exploring great content on Google Play</string>
<string name="widget_hotseat_completed_title">"You're all set up!"</string>
<string name="widget_welcome_empty_legend">Your recent Google Play items will appear here</string>
<string name="done">Done</string>

The new layouts are:


Layouts changed in some way:


wm_Screenshot_2013-07-25-00-05-44 wm_Screenshot_2013-07-25-00-05-58

Update: Thanks to Ron and Daveon Jackson, we figured out where the new images surface in the Play Store. Mystery solved:

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File Size History

  • 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)
  • com.android.vending-4.2.9.apk 5.84 MB (6,129,144 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.

Thanks, +Keyan X!

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.

  • mick.remy

    I'm on Android 4.3 (Nexus 4) and the version my playstore is 4.3

    • Thx84

      share it ;)

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

      Really, 4.3? Can you upload the apk please?

    • Thomas Wong

      We would love to have you rip the apk of your play store and share with us :)

    • http://www.innews.dk/ Erroneus

      4.3? You are sure it doesn't say 4.2.3? :)

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

        I think it's 4.2.3. The factory images come with 4.2.3 at least.

        • mick.remy

          Oh yeah you're right sorry I'm not awake, sorry.

  • Alex Flynn

    I suspect hotseat is something to do with Play Games leaderboards or something

  • kacey

    I can't find the download

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

      Wat? There are literally 4 links in the post.

  • anywherehome

    suddenly I can not download any app....with error "rpc:s-5:aec-0"
    anyone else?

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

      Working fine here.

    • Michael Ta

      remove your account and add it again

      • anywherehome

        yes, this is my 2nd stage and the last 3rd is the wipe
        ....but I don't want to do that :)
        but have to.....

        • Michael Ta

          waaa? .__. just open up settings > google > *your account* > 3 dots menu > remove account. (remember to sync)

          then add account > google > *your account* again and let it sync

          • anywherehome

            thank you....this has helped

    • https://twitter.com/YannDinendal Yann Dìnendal

      Same for me ([RPC:S-5:AEC-0])

    • James Turner

      same here, just tried clearing data/cashe on google play services, download manager, and framework and restarted the system, still giving me the error message

    • Avamander

      use titanium backup and restore the previous working data on Play store, services and framework. this worked for me!

    • Ray

      Remove default Google account from your phone settings, and sign back in.

  • aldrin

    Yes shit where I can download it

    • Vardan Nazaretyan

      Just look at the 4 links in the post.

      • Jay

        None of the 4 links work. They all redirect me to some other web site where I can't do anything.

        • Vardan Nazaretyan

          They're already old. You should have probably gotten that update. At the time I wrote the comment, all links worked.

  • Jomari Sevilleja

    i got 4.2.9 and nothing changed.. so it is 4.2.3. ap cannot be installed

  • bat0nas

    Why it looks differently on my Galaxy Nexus phone screen than in the screenshots of this article?? For instance I don't see those color bars "apps, games books" but just an old style PlayStore home screen with some strange apps recommended for me.

    • Kuyam

      Depends on your location. Books, Music, Magazines and Movies & TV are not available in every country.

      • bat0nas


  • htcevoV4g

    What does it mean when nothing happens when you press the install button?

    • Lalit Mali

      That may mean you're using the Twiight app, the one that supposed to help u sleep better https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.urbandroid.lux

      Disable it, install ur app and enable it again

      • Nic

        I've never had a problem with Twilight and this problem.

        • Lalit Mali

          If you are using Twilight. Then it definitely is blocking your install button. Some other apps may be doing this too but I'm unaware.

  • jpelgrom

    The flo_widget_empty_logo.png looks like a placeholder for the My library-widget (for Google Play content).

  • Ben Enos

    Installed fine. Thanks!

  • http://www.twitter.com/RaptorHawk Hawk

    I need to have the Android 4.3 for use the PlayStore 4.2.9?

    • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard


  • Mayoo

    Am I the only one still on 4.1.6?

    • mrjayviper

      Not really sure what is the advantage over 4.1.6 other than having the latest version...

      • Mayoo

        Your're right, but what "worries" me the most is more the fact that I don't received the updates. Yeah ok I have a GNex, but switched to Yakzu and received OTAs after. We can rule-out Samsung from the picture (yay!)

      • Snowbird

        4.1.6 has a bug which consumes battery more than expected. This has been fixed in 4.1.10

    • Simon Belmont

      A few of my devices are too. Ironically, both of my Nexus devices are (N7 and G'Nex), but my EVO 3D has 4.1.10 and so does my HP TouchPad running CM10.1.

      My wife's HTC One has 4.1.10 also. Her B&N Nook Color has 4.1.6.

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

    Update: Thanks to Ron and Daveon Jackson, we figured out where the new images surface in the Play Store. Mystery solved, post updated. The hotseat makes sense again.

  • Adam

    Stupid question... Is this compatible with Android 4.2.2, or only 4.3?

    • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

      Works fine on 4.2.2.

  • miri

    The hotseat could be referring to an [app/media] dock of sorts. Android refers to the dock on the homescreen as a hotseat.

    Thinking about it more, a Now Playing widget/hotseat sounds like the minimized play controls like in Play Music and YouTube.

  • Stacey Liu

    When are they going to fix the lag that plagues this app? Even sceolling down the main screen, there's all of this stutter on my N4 as it tries to load the images.

    Google should do what Apple does and have lists scroll independently of their content. So if you scroll through a list and its contents are not loaded, you'll still get a smooth scroll animation and the images/content will show up as they load. In Android, as soon as the user hits an unloaded part of the list, the animation just dies.

    I think Google is doing this too in the new Play Music app…not sure why it doesn't appear everywhere.

  • Cerberus_tm

    More importantly, what does this version *take away*? New versions of Google's programmes have taken away many important features of late, like the web Play Store and Maps. In the new version, can I still filter the reviews of applications by device and version number?

  • darkosan

    I instal the new one but nothing change

  • darkosan

    I instal new update but its the same interface of playstore

  • suzi

    i want dark avengers hack tool direct download link with no survey, no bull shit. can u help.

  • Rizky BrandoNizer

    Nothing has Changed , :( No New UI

  • Rizky BrandoNizer

    No has changed :( no new ui

  • amany

    hii i want a help plz .. google play store dosent work on my htc butterfly phone any ne can help mee

  • zai

    My playstore doesn't work for 4 days, when I click it it opens for 2 second then it turns off again im using 4.1.6 v some pls help tnx

  • urnfurj

    How can u download play store??

    • anonymous


    • tarun ghosh

      I want to download playstore

    • Kuldeep Singh


  • abdul kadir

    I want play stor

  • Aditya Hyde

    Play store will update I think cuz there are has hack app (fake credit card)

  • Mohammed



    Why can't I download e playstore on ma ANDROID HTC sensation xl

  • Aina

    Damn. May i know why my phone cant open play store????

  • triantafilos

    Am i the only one still on 4.1.6?

  • shlah



  • drsmond

    My google play store stp workin plz help me

    • anonymous

      yeah me too

  • desmond

    My google play store stop workin


    Can't Press the "Search Button" why?? Help me


    I can't press the search button, Why??? Plis help me

  • aesdfgh


  • Diptags

    I just got this update. By I don't know whats the difference

  • wefiqe


  • Samantha Norbury

    I'm using the latest version of google play on my Samsung Galaxy S2 but for the last week or so I am unable to download anything via the app. It goes through the motions but ends with a message stating error message 495. I don't want to re-set my phone back to factory settings if I can help it. Does anyone know what I can do to fix this? I've tried switching the phone off, taking out the battery, signing out of google play, nothing seems to get the downloads working...

  • windell kent

    My play store is not working. Please help me to fix it in order to update my family farm Seaside. Thank kent

  • tshegofatso

    My play store has stopped working help me slove the problem please

    • Muhammad nawaz

      My play syore has been stop

    • Ephraim Ndiseni

      My google play store stopped working help me solve the problem please

      • Ephraim Ndiseni

        My google play store store stopped working l can't even apdate my applications help me solve the problem.

  • tshegofatso

    Can u please send me a link on how to download the latest version

  • jawa

    Hey I was having start uo problems for my play store and app house so I disabled both and enabled them but play store neber came back. Does anyone know how I can get play store back on my android s III ty

  • zilencer

    How to remove acct. ? And
    Add? Pls help me

  • james wilson

    Why the hell can't I download Google play store to my xelio
    tablet. If it is not possible, then Google you suck. I want to
    freakin play the games you guys provide. The games on
    the slideme app advertises Google play store games, but
    I can't download them. What a rip off. Ughhhhhhhh.

  • sandjy

    I can douwnlood the googel play store:

  • jasbir

    My playstore is not working..anyone can help me--???? Plllzzzzz

  • jm

    This thing is shittin me on. Well as of now tryin to find ways to restore and make a impulsive working app.

  • kiran

    How to download play store .please tell me

  • md rubel

    Google paly

  • and


  • loltroller02

    My play store it's not working

  • Jubelju

    Me too i dont know why and how to install new one.. Im still trying to figure it out

  • tarun ghosh

    My playstore no open

  • Nanubha Jadeja

    Nanubha p jadeja my play store is stoped is working please help me for download

  • umqasim

    I am able to download it and install it but it keeps saying it has stopped---running it on a kurio 7s with android 4.2.2....any ideas?

  • Hlaing min htun

    why my phone can't play store

  • turtle

    I'm on 4.0.25 still and the play store keeps force closing.

  • susheelkumar

    Google plat store download