Galaxy A9 Android Pie update news and more: New OTA improves A9 2018 camera, installs Nov 2018 patch, and more

Galaxy A9 software update

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
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

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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

  • Galaxy A9 2018 is eligible
  • Galaxy A9 and A9 Pro are not eligible for Pie
Device Model Android 9 Pie Expected Release Date
Galaxy A9 2018 SM-A920 Eligible Q2 2019
Galaxy A9 SM-A900 Not eligible NA
Galaxy A9 Pro SM-A910F Not eligible NA

Samsung Galaxy A9 family first got a member in late 2015, a device that had Lollipop installed and later moved to Marshmallow. The Galaxy A9 Pro came out in mid-2016 and had Marshmallow out of the box, which has since been upgraded to Nougat.

Granted, it appears that the Galaxy A9 Pro will settle for a single OS upgrade, just like its counterpart, the standard A9. With that said, it is a guarantee that the Galaxy A9 2018 will definitely be upgraded to Android 9 Pie, but probably somewhere in Q2 2019. Even better is that with the likes of Galaxy A7 2017 and Galaxy A5 2017 having received two major OS upgrades, we expect Android Q to be available for the A9 2018 at some point too, but that’s a story for another day.

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.

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Related: Samsung One UI device list and release date

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 Eligible Released on 15 October 2018 (Vietnam)

Galaxy S7 Pie update‘ | ‘Galaxy S8 Pie update

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.

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