LG releasing update for G Watch to fix corrosion issue

03 August, 2014 | Comments (26) | Post your comment

Tags: LG, Android

If you've purchased an LG G Watch recently, or were one of the lucky attendees at Google's I/O conference to get the wearable for free, you may have noticed that the device's bottom charging connectors are prone to corrosion.

Users have complained that the corrosion is causing them discomfort (due to the metal-to-skin contact), as well as problems with charging the device; some users aren't able to get their smartwatches to charge at all.

While this seems like an entirely hardware issue, LG assures that an OTA software update will fix the problem. Just how can a software update stop the metallic charging connectors from corroding, you ask?

Well, the G Watch constantly streams a current to the watches bottom conductors - even when the device isn't charging. As a result, when the watch makes contact with your sweat-covered skin, grime builds up and boom, that's where the corrosion begins.

So what's LG to do? A rep breaks it down:

"LG will be rolling out a maintenance release over the next few days that will disable the current when the G Watch is not in the charging dock...[this will be] completely safe and unlikely to affect charging."

If the software update does what LG intends, then the Korean tech manufacturer will save itself a lot of money in product recalls. The update was pushed out yesterday, so time will tell if this solves the corrosion issue and if not, then LG will surely have a lot of irate customers on its hands.

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LG releasing update for G Watch to fix corrosion issue - reader comments

  • Anonym

And you do realize that silver does in fact corrode pretty easily, which for this matter wouldn't be much of an advantage. Thats a scientific fact.

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  • 2014-08-04 11:42
  • LccB
  • Anonymous

"arguably more beautiful" That's a purely subjective statement, that is. (personally I don't think any currently available smartwatch looks any good, bar maybe the Moto360, and even that wasn't quite as good as we were led to believe...

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  • 2014-08-04 09:43
  • m1t9
  • Carol

You do realize that you don't know what you say, no?

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  • 2014-08-03 21:13
  • J5Gg