It has taken a very long time for Froyo to finally reach the LG Ally Android device, which has been on a roller coaster of sorts this summer from going out of stock thanks to high demand and the AMOLED shortage, to finally being available again. After months of rumors about when the much-awaited (highly needed?) upgrade would drop, it’s nice that this story can finally be put to rest. LG Cell Phone Software
Verizon Wireless is pleased to announce a new software update, LG VS740ZVD, for your LG Ally(TM). This update includes numerous enhancements and improvements, including an update to Android 2.2 OS (Froyo).
Enjoy improved performance with these OS enhancements.
Further information about the LG Ally update can be found through Verizon.
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I went to the official LG page and downloaded their updater for the LG-V2740. You also need to download their USB drivers, but this can be done during the initial run of the updater.
Running the updater requires input of the IMEI number of your phone, which is found underneath the battery. Once that was entered, the updater found the correct software, downloaded and installed. It took about four minutes for the download on a 7.2 Gb DSL connection and nearly 20 minutes to install. However, it was a flawless process. My Ally is now running Froyo 2.2.1 using kernel 18.104.22.168 with a build number of FRG83D and SW version VS740ZVD listed.
None of my installed applications or personal data was touched, though as always I would do a backup of your data before doing this (syncing your contacts, etc.)
I haven’t noticed too much in the way of interface changes, but I run ADW.launcher, so I can’t vouch for any LG or Android launcher changes. I simply haven’t tried them.
Applications do seem a little quicker, with some barely noticeable and others quite a bit faster than before. It must be the JIT system, but I don’t know enough about Java or compilers for it to claim any great intuition outside of anecdotal perception.
Installing applications to the SD card is wonderful! I’d recommend getting SDMove from the Market to transfer these apps more efficiently than the System Settings tools do. It identifies all apps which can move and even ID’s those which prefer, really dislike or cannot be moved to SD with color coding.
I haven’t tried the 3G Mobile Hotspot system, because I don’t have a wireless system to link through it and honestly would have to check my Verizon account to see if I have the feature or not. I can’t remember. The option is enabled in the OS, though.
Woke up to froyo update request, totally excited, allowed update. Now my phone doesn’t work, it turns off and on non-stop on it’s own but won’t make it past the verizon screen!!
This update SUCKS, I have 2 LG Allys at my house and both are essentially useless at this point, locking up, battery draining, can’t text, and all Verizon wants to do is give me some other poor saps returned LG Ally. NO WAY, give me a NEW phone or fix what you broke.