Although the Play Store is Google’s free official store and portal for Android apps, it doesn’t come pre-installed with many Android devices. But luckily, it’s really easy to get access to the Google’s app marketplace installed and running on your device, so now you don’t have to be anxious about missing what the Play Store has to offer.
You can now download and install the latest version of Google Play Store APK 5.8.11 for free on your Android devices. The APK 5.8.11 update offers a couple of improvements and bug fixes that Android users have been experiencing for some time. The update also includes an improved look for “What’s New”, more Material Design, Details Page, Enterprise apps support, Wearable sensors, and many other things.
The brand new Google Play Store now consists of more Material Design elements compared to the early versions of Android Lollipop. Along with the additional Material Design elements, apps such as Google+, Gmail and Google Play Newsstand have also been updated. Moreover, to keep in line with the design aesthetics, the app icon of the new Play Store carries the new, flatter look.
Besides the design elements, things have changed internally as well. When you’ll launch the app, you’ll at once realize the delicate changes in animations, especially when accessing the slide-out menu, accompanied with changes in the visual representation of the app icons.
You will also see that the “What’s New” section has been shifted to the top and has been highlighted in green color to make it more prominent for users so they can check out the list of newly released applications.
The icons for “Widget Suggestion” on the home screen have also been modified, continuing with the paper-like, flat design. Since attention to detail do counts, the notification icon of the status bar has been also modified.
The Google Play Store 5.8.11 update will start rolling out over a period of a couple of days, but still it’s not confirmed yet and it might take longer.
In any case, if you can’t wait for the update to get rolled out and hit your Android device, then you can simply download the APK version of the new update from here.
Note that this APK update is not pretty much ready for Android M Developer Preview or ROM ports that are based on the images of the “Preview.” So, if you didn’t pay attention to this warning and your Play Store gets crashed often, then you’ll have to slip back to an older version in order to get things going.
How to install Google Play Store 5.8.11 APK update
Here is the simplest method to install the Play Store APK: download and install it manually. An APK file is the Android version of an .exe program on your system.
So, rather than downloading an app from the Play Store, simply install it yourself without the help of the Play Store.
There are two ways to install the Play Store APK on your Android: either directly on your phone or on your computer.
Method 1: Installing Google Play on your phone
- Go to Settings > Security > Unknown Sources (tick the box next to Unknown Sources; unknown sources are locations or sources outside the Play Store).
- Use the web browser on your device to go to APK Mirror and download the APK file for the latest version of the Play Store.
- Open the downloaded APK file, read the new request for permissions (if any) and then finally tap “Install.”
- Uncheck the Unknown Sources option once you’re done.
Method 2: Installing Google Play on your computer
- Go to Settings > Security > enable Unknown Sources on your phone.
- Use the web browser on your computer to go to APK Mirror and download the APK file for the latest version of the Play Store.
- Using a USB cable, connect your phone to the computer and copy the APK file to your Android.
- Open the APK file, accept permission requests and tap Install.
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