T-Mobile Comments On Potential Galaxy S Relay 4G Jelly Bean Update

I almost let this comment pass us by however, after the midnight press release announcing the Galaxy S Relay 4G for T-Mobile, I pinged their PR folks on the possibility for Jelly Bean update. This was their response:

No news to share today.  T-Mobile is committed to enhancing customers’ experience with our devices, including providing upgrades to the latest Android operating system – Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). As soon as Android 4.1 is live, we will actively work with our OEM partners, like Samsung, to ensure eligible T-Mobile devices are upgraded to Android 4.1 in a timely manner. We will communicate updates as we have additional details to share.

Pretty standard line actually and we’re glad it’s not ruled out.

On a separate note, there’s been some back and forth on the processor the Galaxy S Relay 4G has tucked away inside, and it’s definitely looking like a Snapdragon S3. Unfortunately, we had some intel that had us believing this might launch with the S4, but alas that wasn’t meant to be. Still, there remains some conflicting info as Samsung’s website says S4. So the jury isn’t completely out, but we’re still leaning toward S3.

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  • Paul

    “…to ensure eligible T-Mobile devices are upgraded to Android 4.1 in a timely manner:”
    Let me be the first to scoff at this. 
    *scoff scoff*
    They should hire the devs from XDA to work on the Android updates, they pop out ROMs faster than the carriers. 

    • MikeLT

      Yes, those good folks over at XDA make the carriers and manufacturers look like idiots. Oh wait, they look like idiots on their own.

      • Paul

        Touche good sir, touche. 

    • Psaux

      To be fair, there’s very little QA from XDA, and a lot of works-for-me(sucks-to-be-you)-ism.   Given that this is a more business targeted device, I’d think it’s being sold to one of the last demographic groups that would appreciate speed over stability. 

      • Paul

        “…business targeted device…” HA, disagree there champ, it’s just another Android device but with a keyboard. 

        I do have a certain degree of agreement to your point. There are some ROMs that are flawed and no one can pinpoint why they have that issue. Having installed the exact same ROM on a coworker’s GS2, as I have the exact same model, his had issues while mine doesn’t have any issues. So, not all devices react the same way. 

        As for Speed/Stability there are stock based ROMs that are fast and stable with little to no issues. I’m running one on mine now and haven’t had a hiccup yet. I suggested that the devs would be able to generate a working ROM update, like Jelly Bean, for devices faster than what the carriers current employ. Then again, they throw all that garbage bloatware and someone is getting paid to add it. 

        Not flaming you at all, just disagreeing to some degree. You may know more about how and to whom this is being marketed to.

        • Psaux

          I’m just saying that based on their highlighting the SAFE certification on it as well as considering that there’s a reason crackberries were so popular for so long for business … physical keyboards work out a lot better in situations where you can’t afford to accidentally produce something that belongs on 
          http://www.damnyouautocorrect.com/ .

        • Therealmikebrown

          Custom roms work great, unless they are for a version of Android not already out on your phone.
          I have a mytouch4g. They have ics and jb roms available. NONE work 100%. They all have bugs. No camcorder, no front facing camera. Missing kernels.
          The xda devs are great, but let’s not go overboard.

  • Voltaire

    Still fills a gap that TMobile has had since it discontinued the MyTouch 4g Slide. It will be nice to see a higher end slider for sale again.

  • oZ

    “As soon as Android 4.1 is live”

    News flash, T-Mobile, it already is.

    • g2a5b0e

       They obviously meant when Samsung sends it to them.

      • oZ

        The sentence following that doesn’t make it sound like that. It sounds like step a) 4.1 release, step b) work with OEMs to get handsets upgraded.

        This was a canned response that hasn’t been updated since JB was released.

        • MarcusDW

          I agree

  • MikeLT

    It would be cool if they upgraded the Galaxy Blaze to ICS before everyone else gets JB. Just saying :-)

  • Joe333x

     BUT here is samsungs spec sheet which says “1.5GHz, ARMv7, MSM8260A”


    and if you look at this it shows that model # is an S4 chip


  • Joe333x

    BUT here is samsungs spec sheet which says “1.5GHz, ARMv7, MSM8260A”


    and if you look at this it shows that model # is an S4 chip


  • needgoodqwerty

    Thanks for the update man, but are you aware that the official Samsung spec page for this device lists a s4 processor? Please see the comments section from your article about the official announcement. There’s a link to the spec page showing the specific soc and a link to the Qualcomm page showing that it is indeed s4.

    • Kris Bright

      are you aware that the actual retail box of the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G says that it is actually a S3 processor?

  • ready and commited T-mobile?  SURE!!!

    Just like you were ready and commited to updating the Galaxy S1 (Vibrant) with the FREAKING Gingerbread update THAT WE NEVER M($#*$*#(F$(#$(#()$ got, huh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    AT&T, Verizon and Samsung were ready but TMO just gave us the freaking shaft!!!! 

  • supershwa

    My Galaxy S3 with T-Mobile is updating right now – I think it’s Jelly Bean :)

    • Tbui817

      I’m pretty sure if it was a jelly bean update David would be all over this just saying lol

      • It’s not, he or she is getting the maintenance update form a week or two ago.

  • supershwa

    Nevermind…it’s 4.0.4

  • Chitown021

    How about we work on getting the Blaze ICS before we get too concerned about JB on the Relay. Release the update already! 

    • randomnerd_number38

      That’s a good point. If the Galaxy S Blaze doesn’t get timely updates, why should we expect a phone almost exactly like it to get timely updates? Samsung, you’re raking in the most profit of any Android phone manufacturer, I think it’s fair to expect you to update ALL your phones that are reasonably capable, not just the “premium” models.

      In other news, I’ve got my fingers crossed that the Samsung page is correct about the processor and not T-Mobile’s press release. If it’s got the same SOC as the One S, my interest is suddenly renewed!

  • No More Samsung Phones

    The Blaze should get Jelly Bean.  It has the specs to support it.  HTC is putting it on some of their phones with less specs than the Blaze.  Samsung has been lame with their updates.  

  • Dakota

    I have jelly bean on my phone and a lot of things aren’t working properly so don’t get that excited