I was trying to update Play Store app with the new WFS 1.1.14 to remove “QUERY_ALL_PACKAGES” from the manifest.
Google Play Console DOES NOT allow me to update the new release because the “old” watch faces, created with WFS 1.1.9, include QUERY_ALL_PACKAGES in the manifest and asks for sample videos and various information that I cannot give because they do not exist; I don’t know what to declare and what kind of videos they require for our watch faces.
I should just update the watch faces WITHOUT QUERY_ALL_PACKAGES (as expected from WFS 1.1.14) but it seems impossible.
So, new issues on Google Play Console.
Basically it seems that all apps created with WFS 1.1.9 or earlier CANNOT be updated on the Google Play Console.
The question that comes to my mind, is it the Google Store or the Watchfacestudio version? I had immediately updated all watchfaces with the 1.1.13 (before shortly after the 1.1.14 was released) With the 1.1.13 I could easily update all my WF without extra effort. What is the reason now. At the version or has Google changed something again in the meantime?
Version 1.1.13 was released one day before version 1.1.14. This was the first version that should fix the query problem. However, there was a preview problem here, but you could work around it with your own screenshot. Version 1.1.14 was then released one day later to again fix this bug. But I had already updated all my watchfaces with version 1.1.13 and uploaded them to Google without any problems. That’s why my question right now. Google or version. But well, there is after all already a solution for this problem.
I can’t say exactly which version I updated my Watch Faces with. It took me a couple of weeks to update all watch faces with a phone app. It may be that even the version before 1.1.13 was included.
Be that as it may, Google asks a lot, but offers little. It’s really a tragedy that you have to create phone apps so that the Watch Faces can be found and downloaded at all.
And sorry for having to say this: I don’t get any backing from Samsung on this matter either, but also my permission to sell Watch Faces for Tizen. But that’s another topic and off-topic and I’ll discuss that on another occasion.
From April 5h (yesterday), an automatic check on all apps with “QueryAllPackages” has started on the Play Console. That’s why you were able to update before that date. It doesn’t matter if the watch faces have been updated with WFS 1.1.13 or 1.1.14.
If your watch faces are already updated to at least WFS 1.1.13 before April 5th, you won’t see that “message / block”.
We need to update all Watch Faces before June 1st to avoid app suspensions.
My advice is update all watch faces to the latest WFS version.