Forwarding Android Wear app’s crash report to phone

About a week ago, I posted a question on how to retrieve crash reports from wearable apps. Apparently, neither Crashlytics, nor Android Wear itself supports this feature out of the box, so we’re required to do it manually. Luckily, I received a useful answer from a Google employee hinting to try DataApi instead of MessageApi, which I originally intended to use.

To put it simply, MessageApi is a “fire and forget” communication protocol, while DataApi takes care of possible connection breakdowns, e.g. losing Bluetooth link between watch and handset. It also handles device reboots – the data will still be transferred eventually. Well, one problem solved. I’m posting a draft of my solution below.

First, we have to implement Thread.UncaughtExceptionHandler interface. The Application subclass is a perfect place for this:

public class WApplication extends Application
        implements Thread.UncaughtExceptionHandler {

    private static final String LOG_TAG = WApplication.class.getSimpleName();

    private Thread.UncaughtExceptionHandler mDefaultUncaughtExceptionHandler;


    public void onCreate() {
        mDefaultUncaughtExceptionHandler = Thread.getDefaultUncaughtExceptionHandler();

    public void uncaughtException(Thread thread, final Throwable throwable) {
        Log.e(LOG_TAG, "Uncaught exception thrown.");

        WearableService.launchService(throwable, WApplication.this);

        mDefaultUncaughtExceptionHandler.uncaughtException(thread, throwable);


Inside the uncaughtException() method, we’re launching a service and passing the crash to it as an intent’s extra. Then, we need to create a PutDataRequest instance with the stack trace, and sent it to the handset:

public class WearableService extends Service {
    public static void launchService(Throwable throwable, Context context) {
        Intent startServiceIntent = new Intent(context, WearableService.class);
        startServiceIntent.putExtra(EXTRA_KEY_EXCEPTION, throwable);

    public int onStartCommand(Intent intent, int flags, int startId) {
        Throwable throwable = (Throwable) intent.getSerializableExtra(KEY_EXCEPTION);


        return super.onStartCommand(intent, Service.START_REDELIVER_INTENT, startId);

    private void sendExceptionToMobile(final Throwable throwable) {
        if (throwable == null) {
        Log.d(LOG_TAG, "Sending exception to mobile...");
        PutDataMapRequest putDataMapReq = PutDataMapRequest
        DataMap dataMap = putDataMapReq.getDataMap();
        StringWriter sw = new StringWriter();
        throwable.printStackTrace(new PrintWriter(sw));
        String stackTrace = sw.toString();
        dataMap.putString(WearCommunicationConstants.KEY_STACK_TRACE, stackTrace);
        PutDataRequest putDataReq = putDataMapReq.asPutDataRequest();
        PendingResult<DataApi.DataItemResult> pendingResult =
                Wearable.DataApi.putDataItem(mGoogleApiClient, putDataReq);
        pendingResult.setResultCallback(new ResultCallback<DataApi.DataItemResult>() {
            public void onResult(final DataApi.DataItemResult result) {
                if (result.getStatus().isSuccess()) {
                            "DataItem synced: " + result.getDataItem().getUri());
                } else {
                            "Failed to sync DataItem: " + result.getStatus().getStatusCode() + ", "
                                    + result.getStatus().getStatusMessage());

Now, all that’s left is retrieve the message in a subclass of WearableListenerService and log it (or forward it to Crashlytics):

public class MobileService extends WearableListenerService {
    public void onDataChanged(DataEventBuffer dataEvents) {
        Log.d(LOG_TAG, "Data changed, data event(s) received.");

        for (DataEvent event : dataEvents) {
            Log.d(LOG_TAG, "Data event type: " + event.getType());
            switch (event.getType()) {
                case DataEvent.TYPE_CHANGED:
                    DataItem item = event.getDataItem();
                    DataMap dataMap = DataMapItem.fromDataItem(item).getDataMap();
                    switch (item.getUri().getPath()) {
                        case WearCommunicationConstants.PATH_EXCEPTION:
                            Log.e(LOG_TAG, "Received exception from a wearable device.");
                            String stackTrace = dataMap


                        // ...
                case DataEvent.TYPE_DELETED:
                    // ...

That’s it!

Of course, there’s always an easier way to go: write an app which never crashes.

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