As the first retail Android Wear smartwatches reach consumers, the first major bug with the platform has been revealed. According to a report in Android Police, due to Google Play’s paid app encryption, the paid Android applications are not being able to install their companion apps on Android Wear smartwatches.
“Paid apps introduce a complication in the form of App Encryption. First announced at Google I/O 2012 alongside Jelly Bean 4.1, App Encryption was added to the Play Store to encode paid apps with a device-specific key, making them more difficult to crack or transplant by would-be pirates. It seems the Android Wear install process runs into a road block with paid apps because it doesn’t know how to extract the file of the encrypted APK. Since the installer fails to recognize the payload, it assumes there is nothing to install and silently aborts,” explained Cody Toombs of Android Police in the report.
Google is yet to officially state anything regarding the bug but we expect the company to issue a fix soon. This is a major oversight from Google for a platform that has just started its journey. If you have purchased an Android Wear smartwatch, you should probably stay away from the paid apps for your wearable until all this gets sorted out.