Galaxy J2 Android 9 Pie news and more: December security update now available for the 2018 and Core variants

Galaxy J2 Oreo Update

Released only in November 2016, the Galaxy J2 Prime stands very slim chances of Samsung releasing the Oreo update for the device. It was launched with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and is yet to gain the Nougat update for itself. So, Android 8.0, well, we cannot be too sure about it — although we would love Samsung to release the Android Oreo update directly, skipping the Nougat update in favor of Android 8.0 OTA.

That was about Oreo, but we are also talking about software updates for the Galaxy J2, J2 2016, J2 Prime, J2 Pro (J2 2018), and the J2 Core here. Along with changelogs which tell you which month’s security patch is including in each of the software version for these devices, we also have firmware download links for some of these updates.

Software update timeline

Galaxy J2 Core update timeline

This is Samsung’s first Android Go-powered device. It runs Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box and is expected to get the Go-inspired Pie update somewhere in 2019.

Date Software version Android OS Changelog
17 Dec 2018 J260GDDU2ARK4 Android 8.1 December 2018 security patch
22 Oct 2018 J260GDDU2ARJ1 Android 8.1 October 2018 security update
09 Sep 2018 J260GDDU1ARH6 Android 8.1 July 2018 security update

Galaxy J2 Pro/J2 2018 update timeline (SM-J250F)

Announced in 2018, the Galaxy J2 Pro is known as the Galaxy J2 2018 or Galaxy Grand Prime Pro in other markets. The device rocks model number SM-J250 and comes preinstalled with Android 7.1.1 Nougat, but being an entry-level device, there’s no chance it’ll be upgraded to Android Oreo. As for the rest of the updates, check the table below.

Date Software version Android OS Changelog
10 Jan 2019 J250FXXU2ARL1 Android 7.1 December 2018 security patch
14 Nov 2018 J250FXXS2ARK1 Android 7.1 November 2018 security patch
03 May 2018 J250FXWU2ARD7 Android 7.1 May 2018 security patch

Galaxy J2 Prime/Ace update timeline

The Samsung Galaxy J2 (SM-G532F/M/DS) Prime is not even a year old when Google released the Android 8.0 update for the world, but being a budget device it remains highly doubtful Samsung would spend time developing the Android Oreo update for the device.

Galaxy J2 Ace comes as model no. SM-G532G.

Expected Oreo release: Not expected.

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Model No. Date Software version Android OS Changelog
SM-G532G 17 May 2018 G532GDDU1ARD1 Android 6.0.1 May 2018 security patch
SM-G532G 27 Feb 2018 G532GDDU1ARB4 Android 6.0.1 March 2018 security patch
SM-G532G 13 Nov 2017 G532GDXU1AQK1 Android 6.0.1 August 2017 security patch
SM-G532G 21 Sep 2017 G532GDXU1AQI2 Android 6.0.1 August 2017 security patch
SM-G532G 24 Jun 2017 G532GDXU1AQF3 Android 6.0.1 June 2017 security patch
SM-G532G 29 May 2017 G532GDDU1AQE3 Android 6.0.1 June 2017 security patch
SM-G532G 09 Mar 2017 G532GDDU1AQC5 Android 6.0.1 March 2017 security patch
SM-G532M 19 Jun 2018 G532MUMS1ARF2 Android 6.0.1 June 2018 security patch
SM-G532M 23 Aug 2017 G532MUMU1AQH1 Android 6.0.1 August 2017 security patch
SM-G532M 11 Jul 2017 G532MUMU1AQG5 Android 6.0.1 July 2017 security patch
SM-G532M 28 Apr 2017 G532MUMU1AQD2 Android 6.0.1 May 2017 security patch
SM-G532M 29 Mar 2017 G532MUMU1AQC3 Android 6.0.1 April 2017 security patch
SM-G532M 13 Mar 2017 G532MUMU1AQC1 Android 6.0.1 March 2017 security patch
SM-G532F 17 July 2018 G532FXWU1ARG4 Android 6.0 July 2018 security patch

Galaxy J2 and J2 Pro 2016 update timeline

At 1.5GB of RAM and a relatively rare processor, it’s clear Samsung has to cut down on some resources to release the Galaxy J2 within the cost it wanted for the device. Would Samsung devote resources to develop and release Oreo update for the device. Well, nope it seems.

Expected Oreo release: Not expected.

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Model No. Date Software version Android OS Changelog
SM-J210F 12 Jun 2018 J210FXXU0ARE6 Android 6.0.1 June 2018 security patch
SM-J210F 10 Apr 2018 J210FXXU0ARC7 Android 6.0.1 April 2018 security patch
SM-J210F 09 Aug 2017 J210FDDU0AQH2 Android 6.0.1 August 2017 security patch
SM-J210F 28 Jul 2017 J210FXXU0AQG4 Android 6.0.1 August 2017 security patch
SM-J210F 10 Apr 2017 J210FDDU0AQD1 Android 6.0.1 April 2017 security patch
SM-J210F 10 Apr 2017 J210FXXU0AQD1 Android 6.0.1 April 2017 security patch
SM-J210F 09 Mar 2017 J210FXXU0AQC5 Android 6.0.1 March 2017 security patch
SM-J210F 09 Mar 2017 J210FDDU0AQC1 Android 6.0.1 March 2017 security patch
SM-J210F 22 Nov 2016 J210FXXU0APK4 Android 6.0.1 October 2016 security patch
SM-J210F 22 Nov 2016 J210FDDU0APK8 Android 6.0.1 October 2016 security patch
SM-J210F 03 Nov 2016 J210FXXU0APK1 Android 6.0.1 October 2016 security patch
SM-J210F 22 Aug 2016 J210FDDU0APH1 Android 6.0.1 August 2016 security patch
SM-J210F 05 Aug 2016 J210FXXU0APH2 Android 6.0.1 August 2016 security patch
SM-J210F 12 Jul 2016 J210FXXU0APG1 Android 6.0.1 July 2016 security patch
SM-J210F 27 Jun 2016 J210FDDU0APF5 Android 6.0.1 July 2016 security patch
SM-J210F 09 Jun 2016 J210FXXU0APF4 Android 6.0.1 June 2016 security patch

Galaxy J2 2015 update timeline

Being a budget device and pretty old too now, there is no chance Samsung would roll out the Oreo OTA for the Galaxy J2 2015.

Galaxy J2 Pie update

Device Model Android 9 Pie Expected Release Date
Galaxy J2 SM-J200 Not eligible NA
Galaxy J2 2016 SM-J210 Not eligible NA
Galaxy J2 Pro 2016 SM-J210 Not eligible NA
Galaxy J2 Prime SM-G532 Not eligible NA
Galaxy J2 Ace SM-G832 Not eligible NA
Galaxy J2 Pro (J2 2018) SM-J250F Not eligible NA
Galaxy J2 Core SM-J260G Eligible Q2 2019

Samsung isn’t a fan of rolling out major OS upgrades to its entry-level devices, which is why there isn’t so much expectation with respect to the lineup’s Android 9 Pie update. Still, we expect to see Android 9 Pie Go Edition arrive on the Galaxy J2 Core (SM-J260G) at some point in 2019. We’ll update this post if and when we get official info on this matter.

Samsung One UI

Although Samsung hasn’t said a thing, we think the Galaxy J2 Core will be updated to Android 9 Pie. This means that there is a small chance One UI could accompany the Pie update to these devices. However, no official word is available at the moment from Samsung regarding if and when this One UI will arrive, but we won’t be surprised if it misses out on the One UI. Only time will tell.

Related: Samsung One UI device list and release date

Galaxy J2 Oreo update

Device Model Android 8.0 Expected Release Date
Galaxy J2 SM-J200 Not eligible NA
Galaxy J2 2016 SM-J210 Not eligible NA
Galaxy J2 Pro 2016 SM-J210 Not eligible NA
Galaxy J2 Prime SM-G532 Not eligible NA
Galaxy J2 Ace SM-G832 Not eligible NA
Galaxy J2 Pro (J2 2018) SM-J250F Not eligible NA
Galaxy J2 Core SM-J260G Pre-installed

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How to install Galaxy J2 firmware

Well, check out the model no. of your Galaxy J2 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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