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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.


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]

Best Buy Offers Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G for $99.99

Best Buy is selling the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G for $99.99. This will tie users to a two-year contract with T-Mobile. By comparison, the device was priced $150, again with a two-year contract from T-Mobile when it was launched last September 19. Meanwhile, those who want a contract-free device will have to shell out $549.99 for the handset.

The Galaxy S Relay 4G’s main feature is its full 5-row QWERTY keyboard which can be slid out of its side. This feature is useful for those who prefer a physical keyboard instead of an onscreen one for sending messages or browsing the Internet.

It also comes with a 4-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and 233 pixels per inch.

The device is driven by a dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8260A processor working with the Adreno 225 GPU. It has a storage capacity of 8 GB and 1 GB of RAM.

The smartphone’s main camera is a 5-megapixel one that faces its rear. It comes with LED flash and an autofocus feature. This is complemented by a 1.3-megapixel webcam located on the phone’s front.

For its operating system, the Galaxy S Relay 4G is packed with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich overlaid with TouchWiz UI. There is no announcement yet on whether or not this device will receive an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrade.

Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA, Bluetooth 3.0, NFC, and GPS.

The smartphone is powered by a 1,800 mAh battery that offers up to 10 hours of talk time.

Its dimensions are 126 x 66 x 13.5 mm whereas its weight is 147 grams.

Best Buy did not specify until when the offer will last, but it is surmised that it will be for a short time only because the offer is available only online.

via androidauthority

Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G to Come with S4 Processor

The Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G has been in the news a lot over the past couple of weeks.  It started with rumors that this mid-range Android smartphone was dubbed the Galaxy S Blaze Q (it could have been true before Samsung changed it), and later about how it was supposed to have almost similar specs as the Galaxy Nexus.  Most of what was rumored especially on the name and the price has been confirmed and now we know that this phone is coming to T-Mobile and is an elegant smartphone with a physical slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Most smartphones today do not have a physical QWERTY keyboard, manufacturers and users seemed to have agreed to switch to touchscreen because of size and maybe affordability.  There are many users out there though who still find the physical QWERTY keyboard easier to use, and Samsung is targeting this group with the S Relay 4G.

The newest news about this smartphone is that it will be coming with a Snapdragon S4 processor and not a S3 as it had been rumored earlier.  The fact that it comes with an S4 processor will change the minds of users who wished for a more powerful device with a physical keyboard and changes the overall performance of the phone.  It also seems the change to the S4 processor was made not too long ago because both Samsung and T-Mobile had announced that the Galaxy S Relay would be powered by an S3 processor.

For a price of $150 with a two year contract, I would say this phone is a steal for users who enjoy the convenience of both a touchscreen phone and a physical slide-out keyboard but do not mind an extra 100 or so grams.  The phone also sports a 4 inch Super AMOLED screen at 800 x 480 pixels resolution.

Follow this link to read more on the detailed specs of the phone and the details on release and availability.

The Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G Is On Its Way To T-Mobile

The new Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G is now on its way to T-Mobile according to an announcement from the carrier as well as Samsung.

The Galaxy S Relay 4G is a handset exclusively offered by T-Mobile in the United States. It boasts of several features such as Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and access to Big Magenta’s 4G HSPA+ 42 network.

Typing is made easy on the Galaxy S Relay 4G through the inclusion of a full 5-row QWERTY physical keyboard that slides out from the side of the 4-inch Super AMOLED screen of the handset.

Underneath, the device is powered by a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor with a clock speed of 1.5GHz.

Through a feature called Smartphone Mobile HotSpot, the device allows the user to connect other devices such as tablets, notebooks, and e-readers to the Galaxy S Relay 4G and use the 4G connection from the phone provided that users have the appropriate rate plan. As many as five devices are permitted by T-Mobile for this feature. The phone furthermore supports Wi-Fi Calling.

Among the smartphone’s other features are access to Samsung Media Hub as well as Google Play music and T-Mobile TV in mobile HD. It also offers a 1.3-megapixel front camera and a 5-megapixel rear camera. The phone is capable of recording 720p High Definition quality video with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

Lastly, those who would like to use this phone for business purposes will be pleased to note that the Galaxy S Relay 4G is a Samsung Approved For Enterprise (SAFE) phone. This means that such users would not have to worry about the security of vital business information because this phone supports AES-256 bit encryption, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, and VPN solutions.

The exact date when the  Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G will be available online or at retailers has not been revealed yet, but T-Mobile says it will be sometime “in the coming weeks.” Its price, moreover, remains unknown.

via t-mobile

Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G Unveiled Prior to Official Launch

Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G

For some fascinating reasons, Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G lately emerges on the company’s website before its official launch date. Initially appearing on the South Korean manufacturer’s official site was a complete 360-external view of the freshly renamed and soon to be released Samsung handset. While it was just a short appearance, the images that showed up put an end to speculations and questions as to how the freshly renamed Galaxy gadget would be like. However, the key features and its specs were not disclosed on that post.

Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G

Highlighted on the controversial page mostly include its hardware functions particularly the ones found in the main interface of the upcoming Galaxy S Relay 4G. Located on the upper portion of the device are five of its key physical components including LED notification, earpiece, light and proximity sensors, front-facing camera lens and the indicator icons.

The main screen contains a shortcut to all apps available including the Favorites Tray. And lastly illustrated on the bottom view are the essential keys including the Menu, Home and Back Keys for users to navigate, while the microphone slot is located beneath the Menu key.

Found at the back of the Galaxy S Relay 4G are the phone’s camera lens, flash and speaker while the Volume and Power/End Keys are found on the opposite sides. The USB Power/Accessory Connector and a 3.5mm Headset Jack are placed at the bottom. What is new with the latest Galaxy S is the slide-out QWERTY keyboard which is purportedly designed for those who do not prefer on-screen keyboards.

Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G is the new name tagged for Samsung Galaxy S Blaze Q, which was previously rumored to launch last August 15th but apparently, it did not happen. So far, Samsung still has no update as to when the exact date for the Relay 4G’s official launching.

The pictures of Samsung’s Galaxy S Relay 4G smartphone posted on Samsung’s official site basically show people with plenty of things. They reveal a complete detail of the smartphone’s physical appearance and hardware composition.

Hence, what the people have to look forward during the official launching of the product would only be its full specs and details of the smartphone’s internal features and functions. Not to mention, its price; rumors said Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G is going to be a budget-friendly handset in the market.  Currently, the images have been taken down from the website.

Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G Leaked

The previously reported Samsung Galaxy S Blaze Q will not be hitting the market as T-Mobile is preparing for the launch for Galaxy S Relay 4G which is basically the same device with different name. A blog dedicated to delivering latest news from carrier T-Mobile published a leaked training document a couple of days ago showing Galaxy S Relay 4G getting ready for official unveiling on still undisclosed date. 

TMO News people managed to spot the possible release date of Samsung Galaxy S Blaze Q through the press shot released by T-Mobile. The date is mentioned in the clock and weather widget on the phone. Samsung Galaxy S Blaze Q, an Android powered slider with a physical QWERTY keyboard, was originally thought to be launched last August 15, but it was postponed. And it was found out yesterday that T-Mobile has decided to rename the upcoming Galaxy S Blaze Q.


This device has been delayed and renamed by T-Mobile to The Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G. There has been a speculation that the name change is the reason for the delay. The good thing about this change is that smart phone gets rid  of that awkward naming scheme, yet Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G is going to be called equally hard to remember.

Despite of the name change, the hardware remains the same. It is going to be the most powerful physical slide-out QWERTY, a 1.5GHZ dual-core processor, a 4-inch 720 display, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage that will probably be expandable. It also comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich installed, but sometime after its launch, there are chances that it will get a jelly Bean update. There have been reports from TMONews that the type of processor the Relay 4G comes with is unknown, but they believed that it’s an S4.

So far, there is still no specific date as to when this device will be launched by T-Mobile. The pricing as well is yet to be confirmed. Obviously, plenty of Samsung users are more than excited to get their hands on a 4G slide. But then again, all these people can do for now is hope and wait for the launching soon.