PhoneNews.com contacted T-Mobile at least a few times to see if they would make good on LG’s offering of Jelly Bean for the Optimus L9. They never got back to us with an answer. Today T-Mobile confirmed that they begun pushing the update to devices earlier this week.
T-Mobile hasn’t had the best track record in offerning updates. The carrier has passed on numerous firmware and software updates that have been readily offered by the manufacturer, typically refusing to comment. When we heard no answer on the L9, we were fearing the worst. LG however, in an effort to make an earnest competition with rival Samsung, may be changing course and offering to pay or assume the burden for software updates.
The phone manufacturer had said it would update all Optimus L9-era devices to Jelly Bean, in line with Samsung’s similar commitment to update rival Galaxy S II-era devices to Android 4.1.
The T-Mobile version of the L9 will be pushed Android 4.1.2. Similar to other Jelly Bean upgrades, LG is pushing the older Android 4.1 branch of Jelly Bean over Android 4.2. Very few phone manufacturers, even Google’s own Motorola, have adopted Android 4.2, instead coalescing around the previous generation. While Android 4.2 got off to a rough start with show-stopping bugs hitting the Calendar and other apps, today it is considered more stable than the Android 4.1 branch.
The Android 4.1.2 upgrade will likely be the last major upgrade for the L9, but will be significant in adding Google Now and other key features that Android 4.0.4, Ice Cream Sandwich, currently lacks on the device. The update bulletin page also touts device-specific security improvements, and fixing Mobile Hotspot as well as USB Tethering, which were broken on the device.
Finally, if you do have an L9, you may be rolling the dice on when you’ll begin getting the update. T-Mobile claims they begun pushing the update on the 22nd, but have capped the number of users that can pull down the update. If your phone reports no update is available, too many people have probably downloaded the update today.