I’ve been working trying to improve the performance of my LG Ally with great frustration. I started having a lot of issue, phone would lock up, apps close, couldn’t answer the phone, couldn’t shut it off, free memory hovering around 20MB. So I did a hard reset and I’m slowly making changes and re-installing applications. Here are some of the things I’ve found so far. LG-Ally info
LG Ally Tip & Tricks: LG Launcher – LG Theme
Don’t know much about it, never used it.
LG Ally Tip & Tricks: Android Launcher – Android Theme
If you don’t use the LauncherPro I mention next use this theme, I’m told its slightly better on memory use. With this Launcher I was averaging free memory in the 50MB range with no services or broadcast receivers other than those it comes with (see article above).
LG Ally Tip & Tricks: LauncherPro – LauncherPro Theme – Available at Market for free
The immediate performance increase by using this Launcher is great, though it does have some features you don’t want to use since the LG Ally doesn’t have a dedicated GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) like many of the high end Android phones. Avoid using 3D apps drawer, high quality scrolling, run in memory, etc. With this launcher I average around 60MB free with no resident apps.
LG Ally Tip & Tricks: Corporate Calendar – Installed with Update 8
This application was introduced with Update 8 to address the fact that the built in exchange calendar sync doesn’t work on the LG Ally. I would argue it barely works with Update 8. After running it for a couple of weeks after the update I stopped trusting it. Events where I was the only attendee would not show up. It would say meetings were canceled when they weren’t. And long standing reoccurring appointments seemed to be hit or miss as to whether they’d show up or not. You may see this application periodically running even if you do not sync with an Exchange account and calendar. To resolve this issue download Android System Info (free in the market place). Open it and go to apps at the top, find Corporate Calendar, select it, and go to manage. Select Clear Data and Force Stop.
LG Ally Tip & Tricks: Backup Assistant – Delivered with Update 8
Most likely if you are seeing this app running and you aren’t using it, you have used it with a previous phone in the past. I found this solution somewhere but can’t find the reference now. Log into your MyVerizon Account at verizonwireless.com Go to My Services, Backup Assitant. If you have multiple lines on one account you will have to create a MyVerizon account for each line to do this. Delete all of your contacts from MyVerizon Backup Assistant online, then delete permanently from the deleted tab. Then open Android System Info, go to Apps, select Backup Assistance, Manage, Clear Data, Force Stop. That should fix it.
LG Ally Tip & Tricks: Socialite –
You may see this running even if you aren’t using it. To resolve this issue download Android System Info (free in the market place). Open it and go to apps at the top, find Socialite, select it, and go to manage. Select Clear Data and Force Stop.
LG Ally Tip & Tricks: Amazon MP3 –
Same as Socialite above.
LG Ally Tip & Tricks: Android V2.1 50% Bug
If you go to Settings | About Phone | Battery Use and under Cell standby it says Time without a signal is 50% or higher you have the bug.
Open the dialer and dial *#*#4636#*#* Send Select Phone Information scroll down and change ‘Set preferred network type:’ to ‘GSM/CDMA auto (PRL)’
This may not work for everyone and it won’t work forever. If you find that its not working again change it back to ‘CDMA auto (PRL)’ for about an hour and then back.
LG Ally Tip & Tricks: Live Wallpapers
Don’t even think about it.
LG Ally Tip & Tricks: Widgets
I haven’t done a lot of research here. According to the article above they are broadcast services and shouldn’t use a lot of memory. I have my suspicions about Weather Bug but have not gotten around to testing it.
LG Ally Tip & Tricks: Exchange and additional email accounts
I initially had my Exchange account set to push, but later decided I didn’t need to know when I received a work email, I just wanted to be able to view them when needed. So I changed it to none so it would only check for new mail when I opened it. This saves on memory and keeps your phone in sleep for longer periods of time. LG Android Phones
LG Ally Tip & Tricks: Antivirus –
This would be a service. I saw a huge performance increase when I uninstalled this.
LG Ally Tip & Tricks: Advanced Task Killer
Before Update 8 I saw less random system reboots once I uninstalled this application. The sales rep at the store actually installed this one on my phone…
LG Ally Tip & Tricks: Wireless Networks
Though when I was connected my web browsing was faster, I noticed when I woke the phone up it seemed to hang for a bit while it reestablished connectivity to the access point. I downloaded WiFi Buddy in an attempt to correct this, it worked however at the cost of my already lacking battery life.
LG Ally Tip & Tricks: Battery Life
With the 50% bug fix mentioned above, auto brightness, no GPS and NO 3rd party services running or additional account syncs I was able to go almost 48 hours on one charge with moderate use. Why you would want to have a smart phone and do this is beyond me, but I did it just to see how long I could go.
As pointed out in the article above watch what you’ve installed that loads itself as a service, or if you have broadcast receivers that wake up often. This will greatly reduce your battery life as well as use up memory.
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