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Google issues workaround for Android Wear glitch that prevents installing paid apps

Problem won't be fixed until the next SDK release
Wed Jul 09 2014, 14:33

Samsung Gear Live in wine reddGOOGLE HAS PROVIDED a workaround for a glitch that prevents installing paid apps on Android Wear devices.

Android Police first spotted the Android Wear problem earlier this week, revealing that a bug prevented apps from being installed on the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live.

The glitch is thought to have been caused by an encryption error, as noted by Daniel Ward, developer of the Binary Watch Face app. He said, "As of right now the Google Play Store uses encryption for paid apps. (An option to opt out of encryption would fix this easily for most developers).

"That encryption causes the nested [Android] Wear app to not be able to be deployed to the Wear device."

While Ward noted that an option to opt out of encryption would fix this problem for most developers, Google has come up with a quick workaround instead, admitting that the problem won't be completely fixed until it released an update to its Android Wear software development kit (SDK).

Instead, developers will have to tweak their apps in order to get around the glitch, for now. Google said, "We have a workaround to enable paid apps (and other apps that use Google Play's forward-lock mechanism) on Android Wear. The assets/ directory of those apps, which contains the wearable APK, cannot be extracted or read by the wearable installer.

"The workaround is to place the wearable APK in the res/raw directory instead," the firm said, offering instructions for developers on its Android blog.

"We're working to make this easier for you in the future, and we apologize for the inconvenience," Google concluded. µ


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