LG G Watch receives update to stop issue with corrosion

LG G Watch receives update to stop issue with corrosion
With some LG G Watch owners complaining about corroded terminal pins on their smartwatch, the manufacturer is sending out help in the form of an update. While the corrosion is a reaction to the pins coming in contact with skin, the issue is a hardware related one that can be solved with an update.

According to an LG Support rep, only a small number of LG G Watch units have "developed discoloration and residue buildup." A statement from LG says that the corrosion is unlikely to affect charging, and is completely safe. Still, the company is sending out an update that will turn the current to the watch off when it is not in the charger. The reason that this will stop the corrosive process, is that when current runs through two materials and an electrolyte (your skin), a chemical process occurs, leading to the corrosion.


The update has started going out to LG G Watch owners OTA, so keep an eye peeled for its arrival. Until then, as we noted, LG says that the timepiece is safe to use, although some LG G Watch owners have complained about discomfort while wearing the watch. But help is on the way, so be patient and the update will soon arrive.

Some LG G Watch users have seen a chemical reaction cause corrosion on their timepiece

Some LG G Watch users have seen a chemical reaction cause corrosion on their timepiece


source: AndroidPolice

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16 Comments

1. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

So bad its trying to kill itself.

16. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Gear live is much much better than this. I dont understand why would someone buy this over gear live

2. azzak

Posts: 26; Member since: May 15, 2014

hmm interesting..hardware problem can be solved by software updates..

3. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well that isn't a hardware problem then, the author of the article is wrong. It's like saying a cpu that burned down due to excessive overclocking had a hardware problem. That wouldn't be true because someone/something made the software running the cpu take it outside it's normal usage bounds whether intentional or not.

4. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Anytime certain metals one into long term contact with skin, corrosion occurs, irregardles of electrical current being present. Electrical current may accelerate the process, but it isn't the sole cause either.

5. UglyFrank

Posts: 2190; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Irregardless....

7. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Clearly you knew what he meant if you took the time out of your sorry day to correct him.

9. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Grammar Natzi much? lol It's ok, those things bug me too. Your comment was probably a thinking-out-loud moment... I agree with you... lol

11. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

You guys try typing with one thumb smashed and see how accurate your posts are.

14. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

So I missed a letter due to typing with a smashed thumb, and autocorrect didn't catch it. Disregard the point of the post then by all means.

6. engineer-1701d unregistered

It's quite easy just reduce the power transfer less heat forming oxidation on the nodes

12. JEverettnow

Posts: 228; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

Its funny. As a phone tech we hear this a lot. The manufactuer will tell us they are coming out with a maintenance update to fix a certain issue that is obviously hardware related. Guess what? That issue is never fixed with their maintenance releases because it is hardware!!!

8. looneyhouston

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

This has happened to me as well. Noticed just yesterday that my wrist was burning so when i took off my watch my wrist had a nasty rash. Since i work outside i figured it was because of dirt build up. Took pictures and all

10. winter_hat

Posts: 110; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Trash.

13. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Ewwww!

15. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Wow... you would have thought that LG could have caught something like this before releasing it to market. An issue like this is going to kill their sales, even if they do have a legitimate fix.

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