US-based tech company Google has issued an Android Wear workaround that will enable users to have paid apps as well as the company’s latest operating system on wearable devices. The company formally announced its Android Wear OS during the recently concluded Google I/O 2014 developer conference.
The company also launched two new smartwatches along with this software – the LG G Pad and the Samsung Gear Live. The Motorola Moto 360 was also showcased in the show. The LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live are already commercially available, but the Moto 360 is not scheduled to be launched until later this summer.
Google was quoted saying in a blog post on the Android Developers blog that “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.”
There was news recently that claimed that the operating system is encountering issues with paid applications, and only free apps would work on Android Wear devices. The company has not said anything about the issue yet, but this latest software may be the Google’s answer to the problem.