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T-Mobile Rolls Out Jelly Bean Updates for LG Optimus L9 and Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G

T-Mobile might be America’s distant number four carrier right now, but something tells us the network will leap to the podium in no time. And how could it not when it’s the first wireless service provider in the US to ditch contracts altogether?

But if that’s not enough to make you switch from Verizon, AT&T or Sprint to T-Mo, maybe the carrier’s timely Jelly Bean updates will help seal the deal. The latest devices to get Android 4.1 bumps on the network are LG’s Optimus L9 and Samsung’s Galaxy S Relay 4G, two fairly unimpressive mid-rangers that have a very important ace up their sleeves – budget consciousness.

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The L9 has started getting JB in Europe last month, so it’s not that shocking to see it also upgraded on T-Mobile. Then again, it usually takes American carriers longer to bring Jelly Bean goodness to their entry-level or mid-tier devices, so we have to give it up to T-Mo for coming through so quickly.

Released with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich last fall, LG’s 4.7-incher can be updated OTA (over-the-air) to 4.1.2, firmware version P76920d. While most of you have likely already received a prompt message to download and install the new software pack, you shouldn’t panic if you’ve been left out of the Jelly Bean party for now.

Instead, make sure you have your battery life above the 50% mark and at least 350 MB of memory to go around and then dive in Settings – About Device – System Update to try to manually install JB.

If you’re not an L9 owner yet and you’re thinking of getting the phone now that it runs Jelly Bean, we’re sad to tell you the thing is currently listed as out of stock with T-Mobile. Hopefully, that will change soon, because the pricing structure is unbeatable – $48.99, plus 24 monthly payments of $8, or $240.99 in full.

As for the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G, that is still available with T-Mo for no upfront payment with $15 monthly payments, or $360 paid in full. The 4-incher is not exactly a powerhouse, but it’s one of the few decent Android phones with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Also released in the fall with ICS, the S Relay 4G can be bumped up to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean either OTA or via Samsung Kies. We of course recommend the former as it’s completely hassle-free, but the latter’s not that bad either.

The update weighs in at a hefty 411 MB for the S Relay, bringing basically the same goodies as on the LG Optimus L9 – a redesigned, smoother new interface, Google Now integration, numerous Project Butter performance enhancements and plenty of bug fixes. Isn’t T-Mobile the best?

Via [Tmo News]