LG Responds to Complains of Skin Irritation and Corrosion of the Charging Pins

August 2, 2014 - Written By Alexander Maxham

A few days ago, we saw plenty of reports on the LG G Watch where users were complaining that their Android Wear device was suffering from Corrosion on the pins that are used to charge the smartwatch. Now I haven’t had this problem, and neither has Tom – our Managing Editor – as well as a few others that I know on Google+. But there are some that are saying that the pins are getting corroded. Which may in fact be true. The other issue was skin irritation. Now I’ve been wearing my LG G Watch just about everyday since I got it, so that’s about 2-3 weeks now – I didn’t buy it when it first launched – and I’ve had no issues so far with skin irritation. Hopefully I don’t start having issues though.

Google got in touch with Android Police and issued the statement below. Which LG also posted elsewhere on the interwebs.

“LG TV, Monitors, AV and IT Support
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.”

Basically this update turns off power in a couple of pins, so that should be basically a “band aid” for the corrosion issue. So if you are one of those that have had a problem with the pins being corroded on your LG G Watch, and have gotten the update to build KMV78Y, and you’re still having issues, feel free to head to the comments below and let us know.