Only a week back the leaked Android 4.3 build for the Nexus 4 yielded a new version of the Google Play Store, and it seems the new Nexus 7 that Google announced is running an even newer build, version 4.2.9. Naturally, its APK has been extracted and posted online so people can manually update to the latest Play Store instead of waiting for Google to roll it out over-the-air.
There don’t seem to be any noticeable changes between 4.2.3 and 4.2.9, but since we all love to be on the latest version no matter how small the update, the 4.2.9 APK is yours for the taking. Download it and install over your previous Play Store, and if you need them, find the steps for manual installation right after the links.
- Download the APK file using the download link above. If you are using a download manager, the file may have downloaded as a zip file. In that case, rename it to .APK from .zip after downloading.
- Transfer the APK to your device.
- You’ll need a file manager to access your storage and the APK files. ES File Explorer is a good free option.
- Enable manual installation of apps by checking the Unknown sources option in Settings » Security on your device. On Android 2.3 and below, this can be found in Settings » Applications.
- Open the file manager, browse to where you copied the APK.
- Tap on the file to start installation, keep clicking Next and then Install to install the app.
- That’s it, you now have the updated Play Store, version number 4.2.9.