Galaxy A9 update: Android 9 arrives on Star edition

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June 15, 2019: Owners of the Galaxy A9 Star in China are receiving the update to Android 9 Pie with One UI. The update is arriving as version G8850ZCU3BSEC and tags along a new May 2019 security patch.

FYI, this same device also goes by the name Galaxy A8 Star.

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)

DateSoftware versionAndroid OSChangelog
13 Mar 2019A920FXXU1BSC5Android 9Installs Android 9 Pie update, One UI, and February 2019 security patch
12 Feb 2019A920FXXU1ASA5Android 8.0January 2019 security patch
04 Dec 2018A920FXXU1ARKKAndroid 8.0Camera improvements and November 2018 security update
14 Nov 2018A920FXXU1ARK9Android 8.0October 2018 security update
12 Nov 2018A920FXXU1ARKGAndroid 8.0October 2018 security patch

Samsung Galaxy A9

Galaxy A9 Pro update (SM-A910F)

DateUpdate Download LinkAndroid OSChangelog
15 Oct 2018A910FXXU1CRIAAndroid 8.0Installs Android 8.0 Oreo update
26 Dec 2017A910FXXU1BQL3Android 7.0August 2017 security patch
18 Dec 2017A910FXXU1BQL1Android 7.0August 2017 security patch
27 Nov 2017A910FXXU1BQK1Android 7.0August 2017 security patch
11 Sep 2017A910FXXU1BQI1Android 7.0August 2017 security patch
28 Aug 2017A910FXXU1BQHBAndroid 7.0August 2017 security patch
20 Jul 2017A910FXXU1AQG3Android 6.0.1July 2017 security patch
19 Jul 2017A910FUBU1AQG3Android 6.0.1July 2017 security patch
24 May 2017A910FUBU1AQE2Android 6.0.1May 2017 security patch
23 May 2017A910FXXU1AQE2Android 6.0.1May 2017 security patch
31 Mar 2017A910FXXU1AQD1Android 6.0.1April 2017 security patch
27 Mar 2017A910FUBU1AQC2Android 6.0.1April 2017 security patch
16 Mar 2017A910FXXU1AQC2Android 6.0.1March 2017 security patch
02 Feb 2017A910FUBU1AQB1Android 6.0.1February 2017 security patch
30 Dec 2016A910FXXU1APL4Android 6.0.1January 2017 security patch
02 Dec 2016A910FXXU1APL1Android 6.0.1December 2016 security patch
01 Nov 2016A910FUBU1APK1Android 6.0.1November 2016 security patch
20 Oct 2016A910FXXU1APJ4Android 6.0.1October 2016 security patch
29 Sep 2016A910FXXU1API4Android 6.0.1September 2016 security patch
11 Aug 2016A910FXXU1APH6Android 6.0.1August 2016 security patch
01 Jul 2016A910FXXU1APFEAndroid 6.0.1June 2016 security patch
21 Jun 2016A910FXXU1APFCAndroid 6.0.1June 2016 security patch
18 Jun 2016A910FXXU1APFBAndroid 6.0.1June 2016 security patch
15 Jun 2016A910FXXU1APF8Android 6.0.1June 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
DeviceModelAndroid 9 PieExpected Release Date
Galaxy A9 2018SM-A920AvailableReleased on March 13, 2019
Galaxy A9 StarSM-G885AvailableReleased on June 13, 2019
Galaxy A9SM-A900Not eligibleNA
Galaxy A9 ProSM-A910Not eligibleNA

Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 received the update to Android 9 Pie on March 13, 2019, while the A9 Star joined the party in mid-June 2019. These two are the only existing Galaxy A9 handsets eligible for the update.

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.



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