It has not been too long since we reported that the first wave of Android Wear apps started to arrive on Google Play, but it does look as though not everything is plain sailing from this point onward. Apparently, some users have come across this particularly irritating bug that stops them from actually downloading paid apps. This is an issue that could possibly be attributed to the app encryption by Google. After all, Android Wear apps are downloaded and handled in a very different manner from that of the vanilla Android apps which run on the smartphone and tablet formats. Android Wear apps will send notifications through its smartphone-app counterpart, and hence, watch apps will be downloaded automatically to your smartwatch should you already have a current smartphone app from Google Play.
The Android Wear bug arises when one wants to download a paid Android Wear app, nothing happens. According to Android Police, “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.”
Hopefully the folks over at Google will be able to fix this particular issue, the sooner, the better.