Verizon rolls out updates to LG Ally and Droid X

Minor improvements and enhancements are now available to two of Verizon's Android handsets. With more focus on user interface than hardware, they might slide under the radar.

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Verizon Wireless has begun rolling out updates to two of its Android phones this week. Though neither the LG Ally and Droid X will get the much anticipated Froyo update, they are getting a few necessary improvements and features. As the updates are designed to clean things up and give a more unified, polished feel, casual users may not see a noticeable difference in performance.

The Droid X has been out roughly a week, but it's not surprising that a maintenance release has been issued.Typically, a small update comes on the heels of a phone's debut once real-world usage and feedback are provided. In this case, the patch is mostly aimed at tweaking the look and feel of icons, indicators, and symbols. While Exchange ActiveSync and Visual Voicemail are said to get a boost in speeds, it's likely not something that users would notice on their own. Other enhancements include improved My Verizon and Amazon Kindle applications.

The LG Ally update is smaller overall, yet very similar. The entry-level Android phone also sees the addition of Backup Assistant and a new app to sync Facebook contacts. In terms of hardware, the update is said to increase QWERTY keyboard operability as well as the speed and response time for the messaging and camera applications.

Updates such as these typically roll out without incident, but once in a while, there's a hiccup.