A couple weeks ago we caught wind of a Froyo update coming to the Kyocera-manufactured Sanyo Zio on Sprint. While that was happy news for Sprint users, the Zio also has a home on Cricket, where the software has been stuck at Android 1.6 since the phone’s release (Sprint was at least already at 2.1 before this most recent update). Now those users are finally getting the Froyo love as well, since Cricket has started making its own update available.
You’ll need a WiFi connection to snatch the update, which comes as a series of three downloadable packages. Availability began on Monday, though Cricket notes that servers may be overwhelmed at times, so your best bet for going through the upgrade process is to wait until after 9 pm. You should plan to not need access to your phone for about an hour to make things go as smoothly as possible while the update downloads and installs, though you’ll likely complete the process in less time.
This is probably the end of the road for Zio updates; with a 600MHz processor and only 256 MB of RAM, it’s at the bottom of the Android food chain. Even if we don’t see Gingerbread, Froyo will breathe some new life into the Zio, and hopefully let its owners get some more use out of their phones before they finally feel the need for a hardware upgrade.