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LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live – corrosion issue fixed with update

A bit of context before diving into the subject: Lately, a lot of people who are using LG G Watch were complaining about discomfort in the wrist area. This happened because the terminal pins on the device, those that get in contact with the skin (please see the picture below) were starting to… corrode. This certainly is not something we were expecting from such a device. 

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Nevertheless, LG acknowledged the fault and is willing to fix the issue. What’s really surprising is that LG are offering a software update to fix a problem that’s, oh well, as hardware as it gets.

Here’s the official statement:

"Recently it has come to our attention that a small number of G Watch devices have been reported to have developed discoloration and residue buildup on the terminal pins located on the back. 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."

The update is supposed to turn the current off when the watch is not in the charger, thus preventing the chemical reaction that causes the corrosion.

Another important aspect is that, supposedly, although people were complaining about discomfort, according to LG, the device is perfectly safe to use and it’s unlikely to affect charging. We are a bit skeptical, but help is on its way.

Although there were not any complains about corrosion with the Samsung Gear Live, the same update will be rolled out for this line as well.

Please note that both updates are sent OTA (Over the Air) and it might take a while until you receive it.

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