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LG has confirmed that it has released an over-the-air update for its Android Wear-based G Watch to fix an issue that has been reported by a few of its owners. The problem stems from corrosion that developed in the terminal pins on the back of some of the smartwatches.

The reports started popping up a couple of weeks ago and were even mentioned by a couple of Android Central forum members on our message boards. The first thought was that the corrosion was an allergic reaction to the pins on the skin, but it now appears that there's an actual hardware issue.

Android Police confirmed with Google that a response from an LG support rep to a watch owner that "small number of G Watch devices" have indeed "developed discoloration and residue buildup" on those back pins was indeed correct. The LG statement added:

"While completely safe and unlikely to affect charging, 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. The maintenance release will be rolled out automatically over-the-air to all G Watch owners. We thank G Watch users for their patience and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused."

Hopefully this small update will make the LG G Watch safer to wear on the wrist from now on. What do you think of this issue?

Source: Android Police

 

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LG issues update for G Watch to stop corrosion in terminal pins

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What do I think about this? I think what was LG thinking putting the charging contacts right next to human skin that is prone to sweat and moisture buildup?? Stupid!!

I agree. And I am not surprised at all. I'll bet anything the metal itself starts to corrode within a few months, making charging impossible. From the start, I considered their placement to be a design flaw.

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I've even had the problem on my Pebble. I discovered it when it stopped charging. A little wire brush action fixed it, but that's even not in contact with skin.

And yet the metal contacts on the back of my Garmin Forerunner 110 still work perfectly over a year later, and I perspire more than average when I work out. It's not a design flaw to have charging contacts on the back of a watch, it just needs to be designed PROPERLY.

If it's not designed properly, and it causes problems, then yes, it is by definition a design flaw. Nevertheless, I am glad your Garmin works properly for you.

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You had said you considered their placement to be a design flaw. If it's a material issue, it's a flaw in materials, not necessarilly in placement.

I have similarly exposed contacts on a dive computer - which is designed for lengthy and repeated submersion in salt water, and they've not so much as discolored in 400+ dives. Hopefully ensuring no current through the pins will solve the problem with the watch, but the fact that they started to corrode in the first place points to poor choice in material. Gold shouldn't/doesn't corrode.

I have a gear fit with charging pins contacting my skin directly but absolutely no problem with it....

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Yeah. There isn't an issue with contacts against the skin. I don't know what he is talking about. If your gear fit had a constant charge to the contacts, it would cause oxidation. But ... It apparently doesn't. Changing the way those pins are used will solve it.

I don't get it. Why is putting contacts close to the skin a bad design flaw? It shouldn't be a problem if there were no current to cause oxidation. It is purely an issue with the watch providing current at the wrong time. Fixed by a software update.

Time will tell. Get it, "time.". But seriously, I hope everything works out for this watch, as I truly love new technology. I just have my doubts on how long these watches will last. And at the current price point, in my opinion, they ought to be working well for at least a couple of years.

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I actually got mine on the half off deal when I got my LG G3 through AT&T on release day. So I paid just over $100 for it. Couldn't resist. And now that I have one, it is one of those devices I just have to have.

And because of people like you with that mentality, there would be no progress or learning because there would be no feedback, and no one buying devices to further fund research.

Its code named Dory to fit the nexus program, what do you expect from the first product, look at Samsung and their long line of rubbish handsets, people still bought them in droves and look now where Samsung is. . .

And if none of us bought the first gen then what would be the incentive to the oem's to build a second generation?
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I don't know. Why? Because .... Even the second and third versions of a product have issues also. My original Moto X had issues but were fixed with software. IPhone 5 had problems. People who said don't get first version got the 5s, which had problems. Galaxy S3 had issues and it was third version of the S series. Tell me how many phones had issues that were permanent on first release and not fixed by software update? Go ahead I'll wait for your very tiny list or a non existent one. It is just silly to be constantly on edge of buying a device with a problem. You must constantly be waiting and only buy old devices.
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How long will it take to notice any battery life increase, due to the current now of during non charging times.

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QI charging with no pins showing, just solid backing would be ideal....

And LG if your listening (Which I doubt) maybe if you gave a software update on your unlocked multitude of phones.... maybe more people would buy more watches, etc....

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Hmmm, that's definitely a design flaw (the ongoing current on the pins), but life happens :-) (I have this watch, apart from that it's a really nice device :D) One thing I'm sure about, I definitely like 20-minute charging and don't mind pins there :-)

It's probably not unsafe, but it will affect charging, and I strongly doubt a "software update" could do much about it. I'd always considered it ungodly stupid to feature exposed conductive metal that will rest against flesh all day long - they'll invariably corrode - these things need to be redesigned and recalled.

I'm not seeing it when I check for it under Settings > About

I wonder if it's like most phones and it has to be made available to you by serial number

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Not turned up on mine yet, let's hope it helps (even slightly) with battery life. Mines still showing W is latest release.

The_ape on an N9005

I don't understand how a software update can fix metal pins being corroded by human sweat?????