Previously we already share the latest Google Play Store APK for anyone who doesn’t have OTA update from Google. By download and installing the APK, you have the latest Play Store but new features like redeem option and gift cards do not appear on the Play Store. However one of xda member forum successfully hacked the latest play store to add Wishlist, delta smart updates, and gift cards support.
The hacked version of play store has already working successfully on Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, you can check the screenshot from original page to confirmed. But if your location is not is US, most probably the gift cards option disable but you can use VPN to US server to manipulate Play Store to recognize your IP from USA. Hopefully soon, no need to use such as proxy or VPN to get the full access to Play Store, but once again most probably for the books and movies content are still long journey for anyone who lived outside USA.
But the interesting feature from hacked version of Play Store is delta smart updates feature. This feature help you to emulate mobile connection over WiFi to trigger Play Store to activate Smart delta updates since it thinks you are over 3G/HSDPA connection. By activating the delta smart updates, you allow to download only small part of every updates instead a whole file.
The latest hacked version of Play Store based on the latest version of Play Store. So, automatically you also received the latest features provides by Google to access the Play Store. The installation is very easy, just follow the how to install hacked Play Store 188.8.131.52 from development original page but we would like to help you to list down step-by-step the procedure below.
How to Install Hacked Google Play Store APK 3.8.17
- Backup Play Store with ROM ToolBox Pro or Titanium Backup
- Uninstall Updates of Play Store by accessing Settings » Apps » All » Google Play Store, tap “Uninstall updates”
- Download hacked version Play Store APK from download link, select the latest version.
- Put it on /sdcard than rename as Phonesky.apk
- With Root Explorer or ROM ToolBox Pro or any other file explorer that uses root permissions, than go to /system/app to remove Phonesky.apk -if any- or vending.apk file
- Copy Phonesky.apk from /sdcard to /system/app
- Reboot the phone
Now you have hacked version of Play Store on your phone. If you have any question regarding the Wishlist and gift cards feature on the Play Store, we highly recommended to you to join the discussion on the original page. There, you will find other users and the developer discussing about the app.
We already installed also on our lovely old Xperia Android phone, Xperia X10 with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It works perfectly but since we live in outside USA country, the Google gift cards currently are not supported. But we are happy to use the hacked version of Play Store with Wishlist, Smart updates, and Gift cards.