March 13, 2019: Just as promised, Samsung has released the latest Android 9 Pie firmware for the Galaxy A9 2018. The device had been promised to receive Pie in March and earlier this month, Samsung Turkey made it more specific with a March 15 release date. Well, the firmware is available, meaning the official OTA rollout is about to begin, if it hasn’t already.
The update is arriving as version A920FXXU1BSC5 and besides Pie, you also get a new Android security patch for February 2019. The update has been spotted in Poland, but given that the A9 2018 only has one variant (model number) sold across multiple markets, it shouldn’t take long before other regions start seeing OTA download notifications.
Original article below:
Samsung Galaxy A9 family’s existence has been kinda spotty. After the Galaxy A9 Pro released in 2016, the wait took us to Q4 2019 for the launch of the Galaxy A9 2018, a revolutionary smartphone that happens to be the first in the world with a massive four camera lenses. You can read more about it here, but on this page, we have everything you need to know about the Galaxy A9 family’s software update news, be it minor monthly security updates or major Android OS upgrades.
The Galaxy A9 family costs of:
- Galaxy A9
- Galaxy A9 Pro
- Galaxy A9 2018
Note that the omission of the Galaxy A9 Star and A9 Star Lite is deliberate because these two names are only familiar to residents of China. In other markets, the former is known as Galaxy A8 Star and the latter goes by the name Galaxy A6+.
Software update timeline
Galaxy A9 2018 update (SM-A920F)
|Date||Software version||Android OS||Changelog|
|13 Mar 2019||A920FXXU1BSC5||Android 9||Installs Android 9 Pie update, One UI, and February 2019 security patch|
|12 Feb 2019||A920FXXU1ASA5||Android 8.0||January 2019 security patch|
|04 Dec 2018||A920FXXU1ARKK||Android 8.0||Camera improvements and November 2018 security update|
|14 Nov 2018||A920FXXU1ARK9||Android 8.0||October 2018 security update|
|12 Nov 2018||A920FXXU1ARKG||Android 8.0||October 2018 security patch|
Galaxy A9 Pro update (SM-A910F)
|Date||Update Download Link||Android OS||Changelog|
|15 Oct 2018||A910FXXU1CRIA||Android 8.0||Installs Android 8.0 Oreo update|
|26 Dec 2017||A910FXXU1BQL3||Android 7.0||August 2017 security patch|
|18 Dec 2017||A910FXXU1BQL1||Android 7.0||August 2017 security patch|
|27 Nov 2017||A910FXXU1BQK1||Android 7.0||August 2017 security patch|
|11 Sep 2017||A910FXXU1BQI1||Android 7.0||August 2017 security patch|
|28 Aug 2017||A910FXXU1BQHB||Android 7.0||August 2017 security patch|
|20 Jul 2017||A910FXXU1AQG3||Android 6.0.1||July 2017 security patch|
|19 Jul 2017||A910FUBU1AQG3||Android 6.0.1||July 2017 security patch|
|24 May 2017||A910FUBU1AQE2||Android 6.0.1||May 2017 security patch|
|23 May 2017||A910FXXU1AQE2||Android 6.0.1||May 2017 security patch|
|31 Mar 2017||A910FXXU1AQD1||Android 6.0.1||April 2017 security patch|
|27 Mar 2017||A910FUBU1AQC2||Android 6.0.1||April 2017 security patch|
|16 Mar 2017||A910FXXU1AQC2||Android 6.0.1||March 2017 security patch|
|02 Feb 2017||A910FUBU1AQB1||Android 6.0.1||February 2017 security patch|
|30 Dec 2016||A910FXXU1APL4||Android 6.0.1||January 2017 security patch|
|02 Dec 2016||A910FXXU1APL1||Android 6.0.1||December 2016 security patch|
|01 Nov 2016||A910FUBU1APK1||Android 6.0.1||November 2016 security patch|
|20 Oct 2016||A910FXXU1APJ4||Android 6.0.1||October 2016 security patch|
|29 Sep 2016||A910FXXU1API4||Android 6.0.1||September 2016 security patch|
|11 Aug 2016||A910FXXU1APH6||Android 6.0.1||August 2016 security patch|
|01 Jul 2016||A910FXXU1APFE||Android 6.0.1||June 2016 security patch|
|21 Jun 2016||A910FXXU1APFC||Android 6.0.1||June 2016 security patch|
|18 Jun 2016||A910FXXU1APFB||Android 6.0.1||June 2016 security patch|
|15 Jun 2016||A910FXXU1APF8||Android 6.0.1||June 2016 security patch|
Galaxy A9 update and firmware download
As the OG Galaxy A9 was released only in China, we’re skipping its update and firmware download link here.
Expected Oreo release: Not eligible.
Android 9 Pie update
- March 13, 2019: Android Pie released for 2018 edition
- Galaxy A9 and A9 Pro are not eligible for Pie
|Device||Model||Android 9 Pie||Expected Release Date|
|Galaxy A9 2018||SM-A920||Available||Released on March 13, 2019|
|Galaxy A9||SM-A900||Not eligible||NA|
|Galaxy A9 Pro||SM-A910||Not eligible||NA|
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 received the update to Android 9 Pie on March 13, 2019. This is the only existing Galaxy A9 handset that was eligible for the update. The rollout started in Poland and should spread out to other countries in the course of March and April 2019.
Related: Android Q rumored features
Samsung One UI
Given that Samsung will be rolling out official Pie update to the Galaxy A9 2018, there is a small chance One UI could accompany the Pie update to this device. However, no official word is available at the moment for the device, but we won’t be surprised if it misses out on the One UI. Only time will tell.
Android Oreo update
|Device||Model||Android 8.0||Expected Release Date|
|Galaxy A9||SM-A900||Oreo update is not expected||NA|
|Galaxy A9 Pro||SM-A910F||Available||Released on 15 October 2018 (Vietnam)|
Well, sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it seems Samsung is not going to update the OG Galaxy A9 handset to Android Oreo. On the brighter side, the Oreo update is now available for those using the Galaxy A9 Pro as software version A910FXXU1CRIA.
There is an outside chance that the OG Galaxy A9 will receive Oreo update via a custom ROM, like LineageOS, but there is no guarantee of that happening. And even if the ROM becomes available, it might not be stable enough to be used as a daily driver.
How to install Galaxy A9 firmware
Well, check out the model no. of your Galaxy A9 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.