There are now several ways to get the Google Play Store download–to replace the Android Market icon on your Android smartphone, tablet, or phablet–ahead of the update that is slowly being pushed out by Google. We’re hearing that Google is rolling out the update to its Nexus series devices first–including the latest Galaxy Nexus–and then Verizon Wireless devices as well as Google TV users are among some of the early birds to receive the update. For everyone else, you can either wait for the update to get pushed out to you, or you can attempt one of the following steps to get Google Play installed on your device.
The first way is probably the easiest. If you have Google Music, Google Books, or Google Movies installed on your device, heading into Android Market will prompt you to update these apps. They’ll be updated to Play Music, Play Books, and Play Movies respectively. You can open one of those apps and hit the store icon, which will then take you to the new Google Play Store where you’ll be prompted to accept the new terms and conditions for the new Play Store. From there, the app will update in the background and you’ll no longer see Android Market on your smartphone or tablet.
The second way is to go into your settings menu. From the home screen, hit the menu button, and go to settings. Next go to applications, and then manage applications and click on the all tab at the top. Scroll down to Market and clear your data and cache. Once you open Android Market, you’ll be prompted to accept the new terms and conditions of Google Play and then the app will update itself.
With the above two methods, you may need to restart your Android device if you still see Android Market and not the Google Play Store after.
And finally, the third method is to download the APK from the Google Play Store, which was provided on Android-centric blog Droid-life. You can download the APK from MediaFire. Installing the APK would replace the Android Market app.
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