Great news Android folks! A new Google Play Store update is available to download in APK format to install on your Android devices with immediate effect.
This version, which carries number 9.0.15, isn’t currently being released over-the-air, which means this APK is currently the only way to get access to the improvements.
One thing to note here is that this version of the Play Store has actually taken a relatively large leap forward in terms of versioning. The currently live Play Store version is sitting on version 8.x, whereas this APK seed takes it directly to version 9. That generally means that rather than being a simple incremental update with minor under-the-hood improvements we can realistically expect there to be a number of decent improvements and additions which warrant the big jump in version number.
It’s like that jump from version 8 to version 9 which has resulted in the latest Play Store still being in a beta format and therefore not available as an over-the-air (OTA) download and installation. Google itself hasn’t released any information on when it plans to make Play Store version 9.0.15 available to the public, so, for those who are interested with an Android smartphone or tablet, the logical thing to do here is to download the APK right now and get it installed onto that device manually and actually fully bypass Google’s release roadmap.
At the time of writing, it wasn’t immediately known what new features, functionality, or overall improvements have been added to Play Store version 9.0.15. Google has previously been testing a new user-interface which makes searching for apps and content a lot easier and more efficient in the Play Store but this has been present in previous public releases of the Store. This new UI has only been available on newer smartphones running Android Nougat and Oreo, so it could be that we are about to witness that rolling out to additional devices. Only time will tell.
For now, if you are interested in this version of the Play Store, you can grab the APK with immediate effect from the download links below. Sound off in the comments if you find anything new and interesting.
(Download: Google Play Store version 9.0.15 APK)
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