No, it’s not just you: Google confirms Play Store “package file invalid” issue
Has Google Play been causing you a headache in recent days? Going back a week or so, a lot of Android users have been running into error messages telling you that a “package file is invalid” when attempting to either download new apps from the Play Store, or simply to install updates to apps they’d already installed. Well, the good news is that it’s not just your phone, as Google has confirmed getting these reports from a whole bunch of users, and says that it’s working on a fix.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that in the interim there doesn’t appear to be anything you can do yourself to remedy things. Clearing your cache, doing a factory reset – nothing seems to be a long-term fix.
Between this and the multiple issues we’ve heard reported with the Nexus 7, Google just isn’t having a very good time at the moment. With Android reaching ever-increasing levels of market penetration, more eyes than ever are on Google and its platform; if it wants to be known for quality and reliability, it had sure better get these bugs ironed out post-haste.