Google gave developers an update on paid apps for Android Wear, its recently launched wearable device platform. It has a workaround that enables paid apps, and others that use Google Play’s forward-lock mechanism.
Google notes that the assets/directory of those apps, which contains the wearable APK, can’t be extracted or ready by the wearable installer. The workaround, it says, is to put the wearable APK in the res/raw directory.
Developers can package their wearable apps either by using the “wearApp” Gradle rule or by manually packaging it. In a blog post, Google provides a workaround to manually package apps.
It also says it will be updating the “wearApp” Gradle rule in a future update to the Android SDK to support APK embedding into the res/raw. Until then, you’ll need to follow the steps in the blog post.
Google has also put together this highlight reel about Android Wear from Google I/O. Here’s that:
It feels a little bit like an infomercial, doesn’t it?
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