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LG G Watch corrosion issue fixed with a software update

LG has issued a fix that apparently fixes a corrosion issue with the rear power connectors on the LG G Watch.

Google has used the LG G Watch as its flagship smartwatch, serving as the primary vehicle for its new Android Wear OS.

So it probably wasn’t too thrilled when reports from disgruntled LG G Watch owners suggested that an external component of the watch was corroding at a rapid rate.

It seems as if the power connector mounted on the rear of the LG G Watch was discolouring, occasionally to the point of becoming non-operational. Others have reported that this corrosion effect makes the smartwatch uncomfortable to wear.

Now LG has issued a software fix that appears to address this very physical problem.

An LG representative explained the fix to one Android Police reader, while asserting that the discolouration effect was “completely safe and unlikely to affect charging.”

Apparently, the software update simply disables the current when the LG G Watch isn’t in the charging dock. This would mean that the charged connectors can no longer react with perspiring skin to trigger the irritatingly corrosive effect.

As the first Android Wear effort to hit the market, the LG G Watch isn’t a bad effort. It sports a 1.65-inch touchscreen display, a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU, and a rather ordinary watch design.

All eyes are on the Motorola Moto 360, though, which promises to bring a dose of circular class to Android Wear – even if it does turn out to be double the thickness of the LG G Watch.

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