Android Wear

Google has a dedicated section on the Play Store that highlights all Android Wear apps, but thus far, users have faced issues when installing paid apps on their devices. An encryption bug was found to be causing the issue, which prevented paid content from transferring via Bluetooth to devices like the G Watch and the Gear Live.

The issue lies in the way the apps are packaged. Instead of allowing users to browse for apps directly from their wearable devices, Google has stipulated that developers package the Android Wear compatible app along with a standard app that users can install from the Play Store onto their smartphones.

This method works fine for free apps, but fails to extract the wearable APK for paid content. Google has since issued a workaround as it tries to find a long-term fix. Essentially, Google says that developers have to manually change the directory in which the wearable APK is placed. For more information on how to do so, head on over to the Android developers page from the link below.

All that's left for us to do is wait for the developers to make these changes.

Source: Android developers


Reader comments

Google pushes workaround to enable paid apps on Android Wear


Seems like a bug that should've easily been discovered during testing phase, and fixed way before consumers received their devices!

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Exactly. This isn't a small issue that just happened to slip under the radar. They rushed this....both the manufacturers and Google.

But it's typically Google. They release products before they are ready for prime time. Android wasn't ready for prime time when it was released. Same with Android Wear.

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Yeah, and the OnePlus One. IMO it should've been available to everyone before release.

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Apple was using TomTom data for its maps. Was the app bad, or was the data not good enough?

Posted via Android Central App on my HP TouchPad (Schizoid PAC-ROM 4.2.2)

Not sure but somewhere along the line somebody failed hard - it was putting cities in the ocean, navigating through other states (friend of mine tried to use it to get from Richmond VA to Fairfax VA and it tried to send her through WV and MD...), and the whole thing just looked bad. It was well documented, you should look it up if you're in the mood for a laugh

Oh stop it, it happens, don't get melodramatic :-) Many companies have these small slips, you never know how easy is it to pass one like that, unless you start making software/hardware yourself :-) It's not like Apple *ever* released a bug in their OS, right? Oh wait...

The inability to understand how your own ecosystem works isn't exactly a small issue.

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im as pro google as they come, but you have to admit this isnt an isolated incident for them. they have a long and sordid history of pushing beta products to the public. android, gmail, google tv, chrome and so on. it would be nice if for once they release something consumer facing with some polish. just saying...