Google Play, formerly known as Android Market, is one of the world’s most popular digital distribution service developed by Google.
It is available on devices that run “Google-certified” Android operating systems, and it allows users to search for and download applications developed with the Android software development kit (SDK) and published via Google.
Google Play also works as a digital media store, featuring books, music, TV programs, and more!
In the past, it only offered Google Hardware devices for purchase until the introduction of an individualized vendor, Google Store, on March 11, 2015.
Also, Google Play used to offer news publications and magazines before Google News’ revamp from May 15, 2018.
Google Play features free and paid apps alike.
Google Play is one of the essential apps on any Android device. It is a crucial component to the wellbeing of many smartphones of today.
However, Google Play is an app like any other, so it requires occasional updates to introduce new features or fix bugs or other issues.
The app reached version 21.0.17.
Typically, Google Play gets updated via over the air (OTA) channels.
Unfortunately, the app doesn’t automatically update itself in some cases, so users have to follow specific steps before it all works as it should.
First of all, make sure that you have auto-updates turned on. If you do, but your device still hasn’t updated to the latest version of Google Play, then the update might not have received your region yet as they sometimes roll out in waves, or your device isn’t compatible with it.
Having a device that is too old might result in incompatibility issues.
However, we recommend that you don’t install the update from an unknown source, like a third-party app market, to avoid contacting malware.