Just a couple of days ago, Google unveiled the Google Play Store – a rebranded version of Android Market. This move is Google’s attempt attempt in providing users with a common platform to all the apps, games, books, movies and music under one roof.
The new-look interface of the web variant of the new Google app store looks pretty impressive. However, on the smartphone app front, nothing much has changed apart from the icon and, of course, the name of the app: Google Play. Although Google has already started rolling out Google Play Store to Android devices (running Froyo and higher) over-the-air, there are quite a few users who might not have received the update yet. If you’re among such users, you can download the APK after the break.
Installing Google Play Store is quite simple, and won’t take more than a couple of minutes. Here’s what you need to do:
- Download the APK file of Google Play Store.
- Transfer the downloaded file to your Android device.
- Using an Android file manager (ES File Explorer etc), navigate to the directory containing the imported APK file, and install it on your device.
Voila! Done. You may now resume your app & game hunt at the brand new play store.
Note: In order to successfully install APKs on your Android device, make sure that you’ve enabled the Unknown sources option found under Settings > Security > Device Administration menu on devices running Android 4.0 ice Cream Sandwich. Users running other version of Android can find the same option on the Settings > Applications > Development Settings screen.
In case you run into some trouble installing the new app, try cleaning the cache of your old Android Market app from the Settings > Apps > Android Market screen.
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