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Galaxy A8 update: Android 9 Pie arrives on 2018 variants in Russia and Canada; A8 Star and A8s join the fun too

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June 15, 2019: If you own either the Galaxy A8 Star or Galaxy A8s, an update to Android 9 Pie is now available for download. The update also brings the One UI and May 2019 security patch for the former and April patch for the latter handset.

The firmware for the Galaxy A8 Star is version G8850ZCU3BSEC while that of the A8s has version G8870ZCU1BSE3. It’s worth noting that these updates have been spotted in China, but we expect a global rollout to follow soon.

April 23, 2019: Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 is receiving a new update to Android 9 Pie in Canada. The update is available for all carrier variants as version A530WVLU4CSCA and installs Samsung’s One UI and March 2019 security patch.

March 12, 2019: Following in the footsteps of its bigger bro, the Galaxy A8 2018 is now receiving the update to Android 9 Pie in Russia. The firmware has version A530FXXU4CSC3 and like its counterpart, February 2019 security patch is included. The rollout should spread to other regions in the coming days or weeks.


Original article below:

Samsung announced the new Galaxy A8 2018 duo in early 2018 and later on followed up with the A8 Star and A8s. The Galaxy A8 and A8+ come with model numbers SM-A530F and SM-A730F respectively while the A8 Star and A8s have the model numbers SM-G885F and SM-G887, respectively.

Model numbers aside, this page brings you all the latest software updates for the entire Galaxy A8 series, all the way from 2015 to the present day, along with the download link of the firmware for each of them as well as a preview of the changelogs, among other interesting stuff.

Software update timeline

Galaxy A8s update timeline (SM-G887)

  • Android 9 Pie is available
DateUpdate Download LinkAndroid OSChangelog
11 June 2019G8870ZHU1BSE3Android 9Installs Android 9 Pie update with One UI and April 2019 security patch
10 Jan 2019G8870ZCU1ASA1Android 8.1January 2019 security patch in China

Galaxy A8 Star update timeline (SM-G885F)

  • Android 9 Pie is available in China
  • Global rollout coming soon
DateUpdate Download LinkAndroid OSChangelog
12 Jun 2019G8850ZHU3BSEBAndroid 9Installs Android 9 Pie and One UI to the Chinese variant. The update also installs May 2019 security patch
10 Dec 2018G885FDXU2ARK3Android 8.0November 2018 security patch
01 Aug 2018G885FDXU1ARG6Android 8.0July 2018 security patch
17 July 2018G885FDXU1ARF8Android 8.0June 2018 security patch

Galaxy A8 2018 update timeline (SM-A530F)

  • Android 9 now available (March 12, 2019)
DateUpdate Download LinkAndroid OSChangelog
12 Mar 2019A530FXXU4CSC3Android 9Installs Android 9 Pie update with February 2019 security patch
10 Jan 2019A530FXXS3BRL1Android 8.0December 2018 security patch
23 Nov 2018A530FXXS3BRK5Android 8.0November 2018 security patch
26 Oct 2018A530FXXU3BRJ4Android 8.0October 2018 security patch
19 Sep 2018A530FXXU3BRI1Android 8.0September 2018 security patch
22 Aug 2018A530FXXS3BRH1Android 8.0August 2018 security patch
09 July 2018A530FXXU2BRG1Android 8.0Android 8.0 Oreo OS update, brings new features like picture-in-picture, notification dots, Autofill, revamped notifications center and settings app, notification snooze, etc. stuff
23 May 2018A530FXXS2ARE1Android 7.1.1May 2018 security patch
12 Apr 2018A530FXXU2ARD1Android 7.1.1April 2018 security patch
23 Feb 2018A530FXXU2ARB9Android 7.1.1March 2018 security patch
23 Feb 2018A530FXXU2ARB8Android 7.1.1February 2018 security patch
19 Feb 2018A530FXXU2ARB6Android 7.1.1February 2018 security patch
12 Jan 2018A530FXXU1ARA3Android 7.1.1January 2018 security patch
20 Dec 2017A530FXXU1AQLCAndroid 7.1.1December 2017 security patch

Galaxy A8 2018 update timeline (SM-A530W)

  • Android 9 Pie available in Canada from April 22, 2019
DateUpdate Download LinkAndroid OSChangelog
22 Apr 2019A530WVLU4CSCAAndroid 9Installs Android 9 Pie update with Samsung One UI and March 2019 security patch
23 Nov 2018A520WVLU5CRJ3Android 8.0November 2018 security patch
14 Oct 2018A530WVLS3BRJ1Android 8.0October 2018 security patch
15 Sep 2018A530WVLS2BRH3Android 8.0September 2018 security patch
26 Aug 2018A530WVLU1BRH2Android 8.0Android 8.0 Oreo and August 2018 security patch
01 July 2018A530WVLS1ARF1Android 7.1.1June 2018 security patch
10 June 2018A530WVLU1ARD2Android 7.1.1May 2018 security patch

Galaxy A8+ 2018 update timeline (SM-A730F)

  • Android 9 Pie available as from March 07, 2019
DateUpdate Download LinkAndroid OSChangelog
07 Mar 2019A730FXXU4CSB9Android 9Installs Android 9 Pie update with One UI and February 2019 security patch
12 Feb 2019A730FXXS4BSA8Android 8.0February 2019 security patch
28 Jan 2019A730FXXS3BSA3Android 8.0January 2019 security patch
20 Nov 2018A730FXXU3BRK3Android 8.0November 2018 security update
23 Oct 2018A730FXXU3BRJ4Android 8.0October 2018 security update
18 Sep 2018A730FXXU3BRI1Android 8.0September 2018 security patch
22 AugA730FXXS3BRH1Android 8.0August 2018 security patch
09 July 2018A730FXXU2BRG1Android 8.0Android 8.0 Oreo OS update, brings new features like picture-in-picture, notification dots, Autofill, revamped notifications center and settings app, notification snooze, etc. stuff
22 May 2018A730FXXU2ARE1Android 7.1.1May 2018 security patch
14 Apr 2018A730FXXU2ARD1Android 7.1.1April 2018 security patch
21 Mar 2018A730FXXU2ARC9Android 7.1.1March 2018 security patch
23 Feb 2018A730FXXU2ARB8Android 7.1.1February 2018 security patch
19 Feb 2018A730FXXU2ARB6Android 7.1.1February 2018 security patch
12 Jan 2018A730FXXU1ARA7Android 7.1.1January 2018 security patch
21 Dec 2017A730FXXU1AQLEAndroid 7.1.1December 2017 security patch

Galaxy A8 2016 update

  • Android 8.0 Oreo available
  • Not eligible for Android 9 update
Model No.DateUpdate Download LinkAndroid OSChangelog
SM-A810F25 Jan 2019A810FXXU2CRL1Android 8.0December 2018 security patch
SM-A810F13 Sep 2018A810FXXU2CRH7Android 8.0Installs Android 8.0 Oreo and September 2018 security patch
SM-A810F04 Sep 2017A810FXXU1BQI1Android 7.0August 2017 security patch
SM-A810F09 Aug 2017A810FXXU1BQH3Android 7.0August 2017 security patch
SM-A810F24 Jan 2017A810FXXU1AQA2Android 6.0.1February 2017 security patch
SM-A810F14 Dec 2016A810FXXU1APL1Android 6.0.1December 2016 security patch
SM-A810F17 Oct 2016A810FXXU1APJ1Android 6.0.1October 2016 security patch
SM-A810F19 Sep 2016A810FXXU1API7Android 6.0.1September 2016 security patch
SM-A810S23 July 2018A810SKSU2CRG3Android 8.0Installs Android 8.0 Oreo OS and June 2018 security patch
SM-A810YZ10 Dec 2018A810YZZTU1CRJ1Android 8.0November 2018 security patch

Galaxy A8 2015 update

  • Not eligible for Android 8.0 and Android 9 updates

Marshmallow OS was the best A8 2015 got as an update from Samsung, meaning Samsung cut down on the Nougat update too for the original A8, hence there is no chance this device is going to get Android 8.0 Oreo update.

Model No.DateUpdate Download LinkAndroid OSChangelog
SM-A800F09 May 2017A800FXXU1BQE2Android 6.0.1May 2017 security patch
SM-A800F27 Mar 2017A800FXXS1BQC3Android 6.0.1August 2016 security patch
SM-A800F10 Feb 2017A800FXXU1BQB1Android 6.0.1February 2017 security patch
SM-A800F28 Nov 2016A800FXXS1BPK1Android 6.0.1November 2016 security patch
SM-A800F21 Oct 2016A800FXXU1BPJ3Android 6.0.1October 2016 security patch
SM-A800F05 Oct 2016A800FXXU1BPJ1Android 6.0.1October 2016 security patch
SM-A800F12 Sep 2016A800FXXU1BPI2Android 6.0.1September 2016 security patch
SM-A800F19 Aug 2016A800FXXU1BPH4Android 6.0.1August 2016 security patch
SM-A800F21 Jun 2016A800FXXU1BPF5Android 6.0.1June 2016 security patch
SM-A800F04 May 2016A800FXXU1APE1Android 5.1.1May 2016 security patch
SM-A800F07 Apr 2016A800FXXU1APD1Android 5.1.1Not Available
SM-A800F14 Mar 2016A800FXXU1APC3Android 5.1.1Not Available
SM-A800F23 Feb 2016A800FXXU1APB3Android 5.1.1Not Available
SM-A800F26 Jan 2016A800FXXU1APA1Android 5.1.1Not Available
SM-A800F23 Dec 2015A800FXXU1AOL3Android 5.1.1Not Available
SM-A800F17 Dec 2015A800FXXU1AOL2Android 5.1.1Not Available
SM-A800F27 Oct 2015A800FXXU1AOJ3Android 5.1.1Not Available
SM-A800I10 Jul 2017A800IXXU2BQG1Android 6.0.1July 2017 security patch
SM-A800I17 May 2017A800IXXU2BQE2Android 6.0.1May 2017 security patch
SM-A800I03 Apr 2017A800IXXS2BQC5Android 6.0.1September 2016 security patch
SM-A800I30 Mar 2017A800IXXS2BQC4Android 6.0.1July 2016 security patch
SM-A800I28 Mar 2017A800IXXS2BQC3Android 6.0.1October 2016 security patch
SM-A800I22 Oct 2016A800IXXU2BPJ4Android 6.0.1October 2016 security patch
SM-A800I10 Oct 2016A800IXXU2BPJ3Android 6.0.1October 2016 security patch
SM-A800I04 Oct 2016A800IXXU2BPJ1Android 6.0.1October 2016 security patch
SM-A800I04 Oct 2016A800IXXU2BPJ2Android 6.0.1October 2016 security patch
SM-A800I19 Sep 2016A800IXXU2BPI3Android 6.0.1September 2016 security patch
SM-A800I25 Jul 2016A800IXXU2BPG7Android 6.0.1July 2016 security patch
SM-A800I05 Jul 2016A800IXXU2BPG1Android 6.0.1July 2016 security patch
SM-A800I24 May 2016A800IXXU2APE1Android 5.1.1June 2016 security patch
SM-A800I18 Apr 2016A800IXXU2APD3Android 5.1.1May 2016 security patch
SM-A800I17 Mar 2016A800IXXU2APC2Android 5.1.1Not Available
SM-A800I10 Mar 2016A800IXXU2APC1Android 5.1.1March 2016 security patch
SM-A800I24 Feb 2016A800IXXU2APB3Android 5.1.1Not Available
SM-A800I16 Feb 2016A800IXXU2APB2Android 5.1.1February 2016 security patch
SM-A800I16 Feb 2016A800IXXU2APB2Android 5.1.1Not Available
SM-A800I04 Feb 2016A800IXXU2APB1Android 5.1.1Not Available
SM-A800I07 Jan 2016A800IXXU2APA1Android 5.1.1Not Available
SM-A800I02 Dec 2015A800IXXU2AOL2Android 5.1.1Not Available
SM-A800I27 Oct 2015A800IXXU2AOJ6Android 5.1.1Not Available
SM-A800I15 Oct 2015A800IXXU1AOJ2Android 5.1.1Not Available
SM-A800I01 Oct 2015A800IXXU1AOJ1Android 5.1.1Not Available

Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus phone

Galaxy A8 Android 9 Pie update

DeviceModelCurrent OSAndroid 9 Pie update
Galaxy A8 2015SM-A800Android 6.0Not eligible
Galaxy A8 2016SM-A810Android 8.0Not eligible
Galaxy A8 2018SM-A530Android 8.0Released on 12 March 2019
Galaxy A8+ 2018SM-A730Android 8.0Released on 08 March 2019
Galaxy A8 StarSM-G885Android 8.0Expected in June 2019
Galaxy A8sSM-G887Android 8.0Expected in Q2 2019

Samsung promised to update the Galaxy A8 and A8+ 2018 to Android Pie in March 2019 and indeed, the company delivered. The rollout started in Russia and slowly spread out to other regions across the globe.

Next in line is the Galaxy A8s and Galaxy A8 Star, which should get Pie in Q2 2019.

Samsung One UI

Given that Samsung will be rolling out official Pie update to the Galaxy A8 2018 duo, Galaxy A8 Star and A8s, these phones will also receive the new One UI as part of the Pie update. Samsung said the first of them would receive the update in March 2019 and indeed, this was the case for the A8 and A8+ 2018, but it remains to be seen when the others will get the nod.

Related: Samsung One UI device list and release date

Galaxy A8 Android 8.0 Oreo update

DeviceModelAndroid 8.0Expected Release Date
Galaxy A8 2015SM-A800Not eligibleNA
Galaxy A8 2016SM-A810Released on July 24, 2018 in KoreaAvailable
Galaxy A8 2018SM-A530Released on July 09, 2018, in Asia and EuropeAvailable
Galaxy A8+ 2018SM-A730Released on July 09, 2018, in Asia and EuropeAvailable
Galaxy A8 StarSM-G885Pre-installed
Galaxy A8sSM-G887Pre-installed

Samsung released the Oreo update for the Galaxy A8 and A8+ handsets, starting in Asia and Europe, on July 9th, 2018 and a couple of weeks later, the OS arrived on the 2016 edition in Korea. Those using the international variant of the 2016 edition had to wait until mid-September for the Oreo update to arrive.

How to install Galaxy A8 firmware

Well, check out the model no. of your Galaxy A8 first, and then download the latest firmware available above for your exact model no. Next, install the downloaded firmware using our Odin Samsung firmware installation guide here.

Let us know in comments if you need any help with this.

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