An interesting observation came through SO recently: apparently, Wear watch faces no longer need the PROVIDE_BACKGROUND permission.

I've confirmed with a couple of my own faces that they still work after I remove this permission, on both Wear 1.4 and the 2.0 dev preview. But I'm reluctant to draw any conclusions (or release a face without it) before hearing something official on the subject.

Anyone here have any insight?
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