Today, we have the latest stable release from the Google Play Store development team, bringing us to Play Store APK 8.1.73. Although this new update doesn’t make any radical changes, we do recommend that you take the time to download and install Play Store 8.1.73 because of reported improvements in app performance.
You can use the download link in this post to get the APK file. If you’ve never installed a Play Store APK on your Android device before, you can get step by step instructions on how to do this at the end of this article.
In the meantime, let’s look at why the Play Store update version 8.1.73 is worth having, plus some cool news for Chromebook users.
Why download Play Store 8.1.73 APK?
For the vast majority of Android users, there is simply no good reason to let your Google Play Store run an outdated version when you have a shiny new stable update you can use. Even when there are no noticeable changes made to the Play Store’s user interface — as is the case with version 8.1.73 — there are almost always little tweaks made that resolve bugs that may have popped up in the last version, and generally make the app more enjoyable to use.
Reportedly, Play Store 8.1.73 has made a remarkable improvement in some users’ app experience. Early birds have said that downloading this new Google Play update has made screens load faster when switching between tabs in the store (e.g. Top Charts, Editor’s Choice, etc.). Others have said that the Play Store as a whole feels more responsive to their tapping and swiping. That alone makes it worth downloading the Play Store 8.1.73 APK so you can get your Android up to date weeks before your automatic updates would kick in.
Play Store 8.1.73 plus support for more Chromebook models
Google made a public statement a while ago saying that all Chromebook devices made starting in 2017 would be able to run the Play Store app. Right about the same time this latest version of Play Store 8.1.73 was released, Google added a fair number of new Chromebook models to the list of devices that are able to run Android Apps from Google Play using their Chrome Operating System.
What has been happening a lot is that new Chromebook models get support for the Play Store and its apps, but only in the beta version of Chrome OS. Not all users are willing to use a less stable operating system, and many wouldn’t even know how to switch from stable to beta if they wanted to.
But now, a whole bunch of new devices officially have support to run Play Store 8.1.73 on the regular, stable version of Chrome OS. These include one from Acer, three from ASUS, a CTL, two Dells, an HP, two Lenovo models, a Mercer and the Poin2 Chromebook 14.
How to download and install Play Store 8.1.73 APK
Manually installing the latest version of Google Play Store isn’t as hard as it sounds. Here’s what you have to do:
- Go to your Android device’s security settings, and find the option marked “Unknown sources” or “Allow installation of apps from unknown sources”.
- Check the box next to this option to enable it, if it isn’t already enabled.
- Use your Android’s browser to come back to this post, and tap on the “Download Play Store 8.1.73 APK” link.
- When you get the “Download complete” notification on your device, tap the notification to open the downloaded file.
- This will open automatically in “Android Package Installer”. All you have to do is tap the “Install” button, and accept any permissions asked of you.
- In a minute or so, your Google Play Store will be updated with the latest version!