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LG G Watch updated following reports of burning skin

Android Wear gets off to a good start
Mon Aug 04 2014, 13:56

LG G Watch rear in white goldLG IS ROLLING OUT an update to its G Watch to fix a problem that has lead to some wearers reporting skin irritation, blisters and even burns in some cases.

The issue involved the exposed battery charging pins on the back of the Android Wear device.

The four charging pins that enable the LG G Watch to charge wirelessly sit on the wearer's arm, and this has lead to multiple reports of skin irritation and blistering due to the constant electrical current that they produce. Other users have complained about discolouration and corrosion of the pins.

To rectify the issue, LG has started rolling out a software update to the G Watch, which disables the pins' electrical current unless the watch is hooked up to its charging cradle.

In a statement seen by Android Police an LG spokesperson explained, "Recently it has come to our attention that a small number of G Watch devices have been reported to have developed discolouration 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 rolling out to users now, and will arrive on all LG G Watches in the coming days. µ

 

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