UPDATE (December 14, 2012): The latest Google Play Store app right now is version 3.10.10, a very marginal update over previous version, 3.10.9, link of which is below. Download the Google Play 3.10.10 from here.
UPDATE (November 18, 2012): Google Play Store updated to version 3.10.9. Download from here.
It’s been over a month since Google last updated their Google Play app for android devices, but no more – the company just updated their beloved Google Play store app to new version, 3.9.16. The Google Play 3.9.16’s APK file is available for you to download and install manually on your android device. You can find the installation instructions below, but first let’s see the new feature Google Play Store 3.9.16 has brought.
The new v3.9.16 of Google Play introduces some cool new features, such as, ability to remove apps from the All Apps list under My Apps in Google Play store app, and it now uses the expandable notification function, but of course, you have to be on Jelly Bean to be able to make use of that.
So, in those frustrating cases, where you try a new app and uninstall it in seconds once you come to know that you hate the UI and all that, you can now remove that app from appearing in All Apps list, which wasn’t possible hitherto.
More on the new features to be posted later. For now, let’s check out the installation guide to install the latest Google Play Store APK, v3.9.16, on your android device.
How to Install Google Play APK 3.9.16
- Let’s begin with downloading the Google Play APK 3.9.16. Filename: gglply3.9.16.apk
- Transfer the Google Play APK file to phone if you downloaded it on PC and remember the location.
- In order to install an app using its installation file in .apk format from phone’s sdcard or internal memory, you first need to enable that from settings. For this, if you are Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and above, go to Settings » Security and enable ‘Unknown Sources’. For Android 2.3 and below, go to Settings » Application » enable the ‘Unknown Sources’ .
- You will need a file explorer to go to folder where you downloaded APK on phone or transferred it from PC. We would recommend the Solid Explorer App, however any file manager would do fine. Now, open the file explorer app and go to folder where you downloaded/transferred the Google Play APK file. (Btw, if you downloaded it on phone, it should be in Download folder).
- Now, tap on the Google Play APK file – gglplay3.9.16.apk – to begin installation and you will be done in less than a minute.
That’s it. You now have the Google Play’s latest version installed with the help of an APK file, without waiting for Google to push it to Play Store app on your android device. And it was easy, right? Let us know if you need any help over this.