Galaxy A8 Pie update: Android 9 arrives on 2018 variants in Russia

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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.

March 08, 2019: Android 9 Pie update for the Galaxy A8+ 2018 is now available in Russia. The firmware was spotted online carrying version A730FXXU4CSB9, which also installs a new security patch for February 2019. Since the Pie update has just appeared online, it will definitely take time before all markets receive the update, so be patient.


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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 expected in Q2 2019
Date Update Download Link Android OS Changelog
10 Jan 2019 G8870ZCU1ASA1 Android 8.1 January 2019 security patch in China

Galaxy A8 Star update timeline (SM-G885F)

  • Android 9 Pie expected in June 2019
Date Update Download Link Android OS Changelog
10 Dec 2018 G885FDXU2ARK3 Android 8.0 November 2018 security patch
01 Aug 2018 G885FDXU1ARG6 Android 8.0 July 2018 security patch
17 July 2018 G885FDXU1ARF8 Android 8.0 June 2018 security patch

Galaxy A8 2018 update timeline (SM-A530F)

  • Android 9 now available (March 12, 2019)
Date Update Download Link Android OS Changelog
12 Mar 2019 A530FXXU4CSC3 Android 9 Installs Android 9 Pie update with February 2019 security patch
10 Jan 2019 A530FXXS3BRL1 Android 8.0 December 2018 security patch
23 Nov 2018 A530FXXS3BRK5 Android 8.0 November 2018 security patch
26 Oct 2018 A530FXXU3BRJ4 Android 8.0 October 2018 security patch
19 Sep 2018 A530FXXU3BRI1 Android 8.0 September 2018 security patch
22 Aug 2018 A530FXXS3BRH1 Android 8.0 August 2018 security patch
09 July 2018 A530FXXU2BRG1 Android 8.0 Android 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 2018 A530FXXS2ARE1 Android 7.1.1 May 2018 security patch
12 Apr 2018 A530FXXU2ARD1 Android 7.1.1 April 2018 security patch
23 Feb 2018 A530FXXU2ARB9 Android 7.1.1 March 2018 security patch
23 Feb 2018 A530FXXU2ARB8 Android 7.1.1 February 2018 security patch
19 Feb 2018 A530FXXU2ARB6 Android 7.1.1 February 2018 security patch
12 Jan 2018 A530FXXU1ARA3 Android 7.1.1 January 2018 security patch
20 Dec 2017 A530FXXU1AQLC Android 7.1.1 December 2017 security patch

Galaxy A8 2018 update timeline (SM-A530W)

  • Android 9 Pie released in Europe
  • The update expected in Canada in March/April 2019
Date Update Download Link Android OS Changelog
23 Nov 2018 A520WVLU5CRJ3 Android 8.0 November 2018 security patch
14 Oct 2018 A530WVLS3BRJ1 Android 8.0 October 2018 security patch
15 Sep 2018 A530WVLS2BRH3 Android 8.0 September 2018 security patch
26 Aug 2018 A530WVLU1BRH2 Android 8.0 Android 8.0 Oreo and August 2018 security patch
01 July 2018 A530WVLS1ARF1 Android 7.1.1 June 2018 security patch
10 June 2018 A530WVLU1ARD2 Android 7.1.1 May 2018 security patch

Galaxy A8+ 2018 update timeline (SM-A730F)

  • Android 9 Pie available as from March 07, 2019
Date Update Download Link Android OS Changelog
07 Mar 2019 A730FXXU4CSB9 Android 9 Installs Android 9 Pie update with One UI and February 2019 security patch
12 Feb 2019 A730FXXS4BSA8 Android 8.0 February 2019 security patch
28 Jan 2019 A730FXXS3BSA3 Android 8.0 January 2019 security patch
20 Nov 2018 A730FXXU3BRK3 Android 8.0 November 2018 security update
23 Oct 2018 A730FXXU3BRJ4 Android 8.0 October 2018 security update
18 Sep 2018 A730FXXU3BRI1 Android 8.0 September 2018 security patch
22 Aug A730FXXS3BRH1 Android 8.0 August 2018 security patch
09 July 2018 A730FXXU2BRG1 Android 8.0 Android 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 2018 A730FXXU2ARE1 Android 7.1.1 May 2018 security patch
14 Apr 2018 A730FXXU2ARD1 Android 7.1.1 April 2018 security patch
21 Mar 2018 A730FXXU2ARC9 Android 7.1.1 March 2018 security patch
23 Feb 2018 A730FXXU2ARB8 Android 7.1.1 February 2018 security patch
19 Feb 2018 A730FXXU2ARB6 Android 7.1.1 February 2018 security patch
12 Jan 2018 A730FXXU1ARA7 Android 7.1.1 January 2018 security patch
21 Dec 2017 A730FXXU1AQLE Android 7.1.1 December 2017 security patch

Galaxy A8 2016 update

  • Android 8.0 Oreo available
  • Not eligible for Android 9 update
Model No. Date Update Download Link Android OS Changelog
SM-A810F 25 Jan 2019 A810FXXU2CRL1 Android 8.0 December 2018 security patch
SM-A810F 13 Sep 2018 A810FXXU2CRH7 Android 8.0 Installs Android 8.0 Oreo and September 2018 security patch
SM-A810F 04 Sep 2017 A810FXXU1BQI1 Android 7.0 August 2017 security patch
SM-A810F 09 Aug 2017 A810FXXU1BQH3 Android 7.0 August 2017 security patch
SM-A810F 24 Jan 2017 A810FXXU1AQA2 Android 6.0.1 February 2017 security patch
SM-A810F 14 Dec 2016 A810FXXU1APL1 Android 6.0.1 December 2016 security patch
SM-A810F 17 Oct 2016 A810FXXU1APJ1 Android 6.0.1 October 2016 security patch
SM-A810F 19 Sep 2016 A810FXXU1API7 Android 6.0.1 September 2016 security patch
SM-A810S 23 July 2018 A810SKSU2CRG3 Android 8.0 Installs Android 8.0 Oreo OS and June 2018 security patch
SM-A810YZ 10 Dec 2018 A810YZZTU1CRJ1 Android 8.0 November 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. Date Update Download Link Android OS Changelog
SM-A800F 09 May 2017 A800FXXU1BQE2 Android 6.0.1 May 2017 security patch
SM-A800F 27 Mar 2017 A800FXXS1BQC3 Android 6.0.1 August 2016 security patch
SM-A800F 10 Feb 2017 A800FXXU1BQB1 Android 6.0.1 February 2017 security patch
SM-A800F 28 Nov 2016 A800FXXS1BPK1 Android 6.0.1 November 2016 security patch
SM-A800F 21 Oct 2016 A800FXXU1BPJ3 Android 6.0.1 October 2016 security patch
SM-A800F 05 Oct 2016 A800FXXU1BPJ1 Android 6.0.1 October 2016 security patch
SM-A800F 12 Sep 2016 A800FXXU1BPI2 Android 6.0.1 September 2016 security patch
SM-A800F 19 Aug 2016 A800FXXU1BPH4 Android 6.0.1 August 2016 security patch
SM-A800F 21 Jun 2016 A800FXXU1BPF5 Android 6.0.1 June 2016 security patch
SM-A800F 04 May 2016 A800FXXU1APE1 Android 5.1.1 May 2016 security patch
SM-A800F 07 Apr 2016 A800FXXU1APD1 Android 5.1.1 Not Available
SM-A800F 14 Mar 2016 A800FXXU1APC3 Android 5.1.1 Not Available
SM-A800F 23 Feb 2016 A800FXXU1APB3 Android 5.1.1 Not Available
SM-A800F 26 Jan 2016 A800FXXU1APA1 Android 5.1.1 Not Available
SM-A800F 23 Dec 2015 A800FXXU1AOL3 Android 5.1.1 Not Available
SM-A800F 17 Dec 2015 A800FXXU1AOL2 Android 5.1.1 Not Available
SM-A800F 27 Oct 2015 A800FXXU1AOJ3 Android 5.1.1 Not Available
SM-A800I 10 Jul 2017 A800IXXU2BQG1 Android 6.0.1 July 2017 security patch
SM-A800I 17 May 2017 A800IXXU2BQE2 Android 6.0.1 May 2017 security patch
SM-A800I 03 Apr 2017 A800IXXS2BQC5 Android 6.0.1 September 2016 security patch
SM-A800I 30 Mar 2017 A800IXXS2BQC4 Android 6.0.1 July 2016 security patch
SM-A800I 28 Mar 2017 A800IXXS2BQC3 Android 6.0.1 October 2016 security patch
SM-A800I 22 Oct 2016 A800IXXU2BPJ4 Android 6.0.1 October 2016 security patch
SM-A800I 10 Oct 2016 A800IXXU2BPJ3 Android 6.0.1 October 2016 security patch
SM-A800I 04 Oct 2016 A800IXXU2BPJ1 Android 6.0.1 October 2016 security patch
SM-A800I 04 Oct 2016 A800IXXU2BPJ2 Android 6.0.1 October 2016 security patch
SM-A800I 19 Sep 2016 A800IXXU2BPI3 Android 6.0.1 September 2016 security patch
SM-A800I 25 Jul 2016 A800IXXU2BPG7 Android 6.0.1 July 2016 security patch
SM-A800I 05 Jul 2016 A800IXXU2BPG1 Android 6.0.1 July 2016 security patch
SM-A800I 24 May 2016 A800IXXU2APE1 Android 5.1.1 June 2016 security patch
SM-A800I 18 Apr 2016 A800IXXU2APD3 Android 5.1.1 May 2016 security patch
SM-A800I 17 Mar 2016 A800IXXU2APC2 Android 5.1.1 Not Available
SM-A800I 10 Mar 2016 A800IXXU2APC1 Android 5.1.1 March 2016 security patch
SM-A800I 24 Feb 2016 A800IXXU2APB3 Android 5.1.1 Not Available
SM-A800I 16 Feb 2016 A800IXXU2APB2 Android 5.1.1 February 2016 security patch
SM-A800I 16 Feb 2016 A800IXXU2APB2 Android 5.1.1 Not Available
SM-A800I 04 Feb 2016 A800IXXU2APB1 Android 5.1.1 Not Available
SM-A800I 07 Jan 2016 A800IXXU2APA1 Android 5.1.1 Not Available
SM-A800I 02 Dec 2015 A800IXXU2AOL2 Android 5.1.1 Not Available
SM-A800I 27 Oct 2015 A800IXXU2AOJ6 Android 5.1.1 Not Available
SM-A800I 15 Oct 2015 A800IXXU1AOJ2 Android 5.1.1 Not Available
SM-A800I 01 Oct 2015 A800IXXU1AOJ1 Android 5.1.1 Not Available
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Galaxy A8 Android 9 Pie update

Device Model Current OS Android 9 Pie update
Galaxy A8 2015 SM-A800 Android 6.0 Not eligible
Galaxy A8 2016 SM-A810 Android 8.0 Not eligible
Galaxy A8 2018 SM-A530 Android 8.0 Released on 12 March 2019
Galaxy A8+ 2018 SM-A730 Android 8.0 Released on 08 March 2019
Galaxy A8 Star SM-G885 Android 8.0 Expected in June 2019
Galaxy A8s SM-G887 Android 8.0 Expected 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

Device Model Android 8.0 Expected Release Date
Galaxy A8 2015 SM-A800 Not eligible NA
Galaxy A8 2016 SM-A810 Released on July 24, 2018 in Korea Available
Galaxy A8 2018 SM-A530 Released on July 09, 2018, in Asia and Europe Available
Galaxy A8+ 2018 SM-A730 Released on July 09, 2018, in Asia and Europe Available
Galaxy A8 Star SM-G885 Pre-installed
Galaxy A8s SM-G887 Pre-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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