Saturday, August 9, 2014

Electronic Gadgets - Corrosion irritates LG G Smart Watch users - An OTA Software update issued by LG to Prevent Terminal Pin Corrosion

Corrosion of Terminal Pins irritates LG G Smart Watch users.  An OTA software update issued to stop corrosion. Seems strange, but it is pretty much possible. LG’s G Watch users have complained of irritation on the skin where the watch touches the body.

LG has started rolling-out a software update for the G Watch to prevent the corrosion problem seen on the smartwatch's backside-charging pins.


Revealed at the Google I/O event, the LG G Watch continuously streams current to the backside-located charging pins, even when the device is not charging. These current-filled pins, when exposed to sweat-covered skin, get corroded. The new update however, will stop the continuous streaming of the current to the G Watch's charging pins when not charging.

"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," LG support told an affected user, and explanation corroborated by Google to Android Police.

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Publication Date: 04 August 2014

1 comment:

  1. Corrosion of electronic gadgets is an environment specific issue. We do not find material warranty for corrosion problems. It is good to note that the present case is resolved through software update. Human sweat is one of the prime sources for corrosion of handrails, door knobs, and metallic fixtures. Composition of this sweat is the main driver. But the reaction time is very slow. You can see it after years. Corrosion of electronic components is fast due to the current applied across the circuits that are exposed to moist environment like human sweat, air humidity and coastal area further aggravated by pollutants. This has greater impact on Television, Refrigerator, Air conditioning units and washing machines. There is no proper corrosion awareness for public instituted by the manufacturing and research establishments.