For a while, I thought my crappy LG android phone would be stuck with 2.2 Froyo for ever. I had rooted it, Clockworkmod Recovery and all, but back in mid 2011 there were no ROMs for it – the latest version from LG was 2.2.1. So got rid of the crappy LG software, put a custom launcher on it, and used the phone as though that would be the most I can do to the user experience. The phone’s performance was sluggish, its memory limited, and the insensitive touchscreen (with its lag) made using the thing akin to torture.
Flicking through a list of apps on the Android market is nearly impossible; it would interpret the flick as a tap, and you’d end up clicking on 10 useless pieces of crap and hitting the back button an equal number of times before you get where you want. To scroll through a list, you have to swipe up very slowly. Don’t get excited, the OS upgrade doesn’t fix the crappy touchscreen.
A few months ago I found a kludgy version of Cyanogenmod 9 ported to the Chic. Fearing the hassle of connecting the phone to my mac and jumping through the same bootcamp hoops I had to to upgrade the thing through the LG updater, I put the project aside for a while. Yesterday, while procrastinating, I finally bit the bullet and installed it -–||||| much simpler than anticipated.
I’m not going to run through the install process, because a) its fairly simple and b) I didn’t document it. (I only thought that it would be a neat thing to blog about after I did it).
While it doesn’t correct any of the problems of the phone’s substandard hardware, it offers a significant performance boost compared to the old LG Froyo, as well as a much nicer UI. I did find the 2.2 lockscreen easier to use, though.
(excuse the poor photo quality)
I haven’t discovered any bugs or major problems with it yet, except for the fact that the battery life is now dramatically worse. Keep that in mind if you’re doing this upgrade.
You can download the rom here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1562538