Galaxy J3 Pie update news and more: Dec 2018 patch available for Pro variant

Samsung Galaxy J3 Update

The Galaxy J3 series came about after the success of the budget J2 series. With time, Samsung found that Indian and other South Asian markets deliver excellent sales in this range. The devices in this segment consist of the original Galaxy J3 which was launched in 2016, followed by the Galaxy J3 Pro, the Galaxy J3 Emerge which was released in March 2017, and the Galaxy J3 2017, besides the Galaxy J3 Prime that was released at T-Mobile in April 2017. And the list keeps getting bigger with each year’s release.

Software update timeline

Galaxy J3 V 3rd Gen (SM-J337V)

The Galaxy J3 3rd Gen was recently announced by Verizon, and the device is receiving its first update today. Sold as SM-J337V under the postpaid wing, and as SM-J337VPP with a prepaid plan, both the variants of the handset are receiving an update today. The table below gives you the software version of each handset.

Date Update Download Link Android OS Changelog
26 Oct 2018 J337VVRU2ARI3 Android 8.0 September 2018 security patch
04 Aug 2018 J337VVRU1ARG1 Android 8.0 July 2018 security patch
26 Oct 2018 J337VPPVRU2ARI3 Android 8.0 September 2018 security patch
04 Aug 2018 J337VPPVRU1ARG1 Android 8.0 July 2018 security patch

Galaxy J3 Star (SM-J337T)

Date Update Download Link Android OS Changelog
16 Nov 2018 J337TUVU2ARJ6 Android 8.0 November 2018 security patch
16 Aug 2018 J337TUVS2ARG1 Android 8.0 August 2018 security patch
22 Jun 2018 J337TUVU1ARDL Android 8.0 Pre-installed

Galaxy J3 2017 update timeline [SM-J330F]

Model No. Date Update Download Link Android OS Changelog
SM-J330F 14 Aug 2018 J330FXWU3BRG3 (UAE) Android 8.0 Installs Android 8.0 Oreo and June 2018 security patch
SM-J330F 14 Aug 2018 J330FXXU3BGH1 (EU) Android 8.0 Installs Android 8.0 Oreo and June 2018 security patch
SM-J330F 4 July 2018 J330FXXU3ARF2 Android 7.0 June 2018 security patch
SM-J330F 13 June 2018 J330NKOU1ARE3 Android 7.0 May 2018 security patch
SM-J330F 1 Apr 2018 J330FXXU3ARC5 Android 7.0 April 2018 security patch
SM-J330F 08 Sep 2017 J330FXXU1AQI2 Android 7.0 August 2017 security patch
SM-J330F 06 Sep 2017 J330FXXU1AQI1 Android 7.0 August 2017 security patch
SM-J330F 05 Sep 2017 J330FXWU1AQI3 Android 7.0 August 2017 security patch
SM-J330F 21 Jun 2017 J330FXWU1AQF9 Android 7.0 June 2017 security patch
SM-J330F 21 Jun 2017 J330FXXU1AQF9 Android 7.0 June 2017 security patch
SM-J330F 05 Jun 2017 J330FXXU1AQF1 Android 7.0 June 2017 security patch
SM-J330FN 17 Oct 2018 J330FNXXS3BRJ1 Android 8.0 October 2018 security update
SM-J330FN 06 Sep 2018 J330FNXXU3BRH2 Android 8.0 August 2018 security update
SM-J330FN 09 Aug 2018 J330FNXXU3BRG2 Android 8.0 Installs Android 8.0 Oreo and June 2018 security update
SM-J330FN 01 July 2018 J330FNXXS3ARF1 Android 7.0 June 2018 security patch
SM-J330FN 14 June 2018 J330FNXXU3ARE1 Android 7.0 May 2018 security update
SM-J330FN 13 May 2018 J330FNXXU3ARD1 Android 7.0 April 2018 security update
SM-J330FN 15 March 2018 J330FNXXU3ARC1 Android 7.0 March 2018 security patch
SM-J330FN 15 Feb 2018 J330FNXXU3ARB1 Android 7.0 February 2018 security patch
SM-J330FN 15 Dec 2017 J330FNXXU2AQK8 Android 7.0 December 2017 security patch
SM-J330FN 17 Nov 2017 J330FNXXU2AQK7 Android 7.0 November 2017 security patch
SM-J330FN 01 Sep 2017 J330FNXXU1AQI1 Android 7.0 August 2017 security patch
SM-J330FN 20 Jun 2017 J330FNXXU1AQF9 Android 7.0 June 2017 security patch

Galaxy J3 Pro update and firmware [SM-J330G]

In other markets, more so in Asia and some parts of Europe, the Galaxy J3 2017 goes by the name Galaxy J3 Pro and has model number SM-J330G. This is the device’s software update timeline.

Date Update Download Link Android OS Changelog
17 Dec 2018 J330GDXU3BRL1 Android 8.0 December 2018 security patch
27 Nov 2018 J330GDXU3BRK1 Android 8.0 November 2018 security update
17 Aug 2018 J330GDXU3BRH1 Android 8.0 Installs Android 8.0 Oreo update and June 2018 security patch
11 Sep 2017 J330GDXU2AQI2 Android 7.0 August 2017 security patch
31 Aug 2017 J330GDXU1AQH5 Android 7.0 August 2017 security patch
09 Jun 2017 J330GDXU1AQF5 Android 7.0 June 2017 security patch

Galaxy J3 Emerge update and firmware

The J3 Emerge is the latest addition to the series and runs on the Snapdragon 430 processor. But the device took a step backward, by going with 1.5GB of RAM. The smartphone ships with Marshmallow and was released in January this year.

Model no. SM-J327P is for Sprint J3 Emerge, while the SM-J327R4 is for US Cellular J3 Emerge.

Model No. Date Update Download Link Android OS Changelog
SM-J327P 30 July 2018 J327PVPU4ARG2 Android 6.0 July 2018 security patch
SM-J327P 30 Jun 2018 J327PVPS4ARF2 Android 6.0 April, May and June 2018 patches, and bug fixes
SM-J327P 1 May 2018 J327PVPS3ARC1 Android 6.0 March 2018 security patch
SM-J327P 11 Apr 2018 J327PVPS3ARC1 Android 6.0 March 2018 security patch
SM-J327P 28 Mar 2018 J327PVPU3ARC2 Android 6.0 February 2018 security patch and Spectre/Meltdown fixes
SM-J327P 21 Jun 2017 J327PVPU1AQF4 Android 6.0 June 2017 security patch
SM-J327P 27 Feb 2017 J327PVPU1AQB6 Android 6.0 February 2017 security patch
SM-J327R4 15 May 2017 J327R4TYU1AQE4 Android 7.0 May 2017 security patch

Update [February 12, 2018]: T-Mobile has just confirmed the Oreo update for the Galaxy J3 Prime. On Sprint, the J3 Prime is known as J3 Emerge, however, we don’t expect the device to receive Oreo.

Galaxy J3 Prime update and firmware

Model No. Date Update Download Link Android OS Changelog
SM-J327T 14 Jul 2017 J327TUVU1AQG1 Android 7.0 July 2017 security patch
SM-J327T 20 Jun 2017 J327TUVU1AQF7 Android 7.0 June 2017 security patch
SM-J327T 24 Mar 2017 J327TUVU1AQCB Android 7.0 March 2017 security patch

Having been launched with Nougat though, there were slim chances that the  J3 Prime will be upgraded to Android 8.0. Well, according to T-Mobile, Samsung has begun works on the J3 Prime Oreo update and even though there’s still no official release date, we believe the OS will be ready in Q2 2018.

Galaxy J3 Eclipse and J3 Mission update and firmware

 Model no.  Date  Software version Changelog
SM-J327VPP 19 Nov 2018 J327VVRS2BRK1 | Android 8.0 November 2018 security patch
SM-J327V 10 Oct 2018 J327VVRU2BRHA | Android 8.0 Installs Android 8.0 Oreo and September 2018 security patch
SM-J327V 21 June 2018 J327VPPVRS2ARF3 | Android 7.0 June 2018 security patch
SM-J327V 03 Apr 2018 J327VVRU2ARC1 | Android 7.0 March 2018 security patch
SM- J327V 28 Oct 2017 J327VVRS1AQJ2 | Android 7.0 October 2017 security patch and Blueborne fix
SM-J327VPP 19 Nov 2018 J327VPPVRS2BRK1 | Android 8.0 November 2018 security patch
SM-J327VPP 10 Oct 2018 J327VPPVRU2BRHA | Android 8.0 Installs Android 8.0 Oreo and September 2018 security patch
SM-J327VPP 21 June 2018 J327VPPVRS2ARF3 | Android 7.0 June 2018 security patch
SM-J327VPP 03 Apr 2018 J327VPPVRU2ARC1 | Android 7.0 March 2018 security patch
SM-J327VPP 28 Oct 2017 J327VPPVRS1AQJ2 | Android 7.0 October 2017 security patch and Blueborne fix

Galaxy J3 2016 update and firmware [SM-J320F/FD/G/FN/H/M/P/R4/W8/ZN]

Model No. Date Update Download Link Android OS Changelog
SM-J320F 04 Sep 2017 J320FDDU0AQI1 Android 5.1.1 August 2017 security patch
SM-J320F 04 Sep 2017 J320FDRU0AQI1 Android 5.1.1 August 2017 security patch
SM-J320F 29 Aug 2017 J320FXXU0AQH3 Android 5.1.1 August 2017 security patch
SM-J320F 17 Aug 2017 J320FDRS0AQH2 Android 5.1.1 August 2017 security patch
SM-J320F 14 Jul 2017 J320FXXU0AQG2 Android 5.1.1 July 2017 security patch
SM-J320F 12 Jul 2017 J320FDDU0AQG1 Android 5.1.1 July 2017 security patch
SM-J320F 12 Jul 2017 J320FDRU0AQG1 Android 5.1.1 July 2017 security patch
SM-J320F 21 Jun 2017 J320FDDU0AQF1 Android 5.1.1 June 2017 security patch
SM-J320F 21 Jun 2017 J320FDRU0AQF1 Android 5.1.1 June 2017 security patch
SM-J320F 13 Jun 2017 J320FXXU0AQF1 Android 5.1.1 June 2017 security patch
SM-J320F 29 May 2017 J320FDRU0AQE2 Android 5.1.1 June 2017 security patch
SM-J320F 24 May 2017 J320FXXU0AQE2 Android 5.1.1 May 2017 security patch
SM-J320F 01 May 2017 J320FDDU0AQE1 Android 5.1.1 May 2017 security patch
SM-J320F 24 Apr 2017 J320FDRU0AQD2 Android 5.1.1 April 2017 security patch
SM-J320F 24 Apr 2017 J320FXXU0AQD3 Android 5.1.1 April 2017 security patch
SM-J320F 06 Apr 2017 J320FXXU0AQD1 Android 5.1.1 April 2017 security patch
SM-J320F 29 Mar 2017 J320FDDU0AQC3 Android 5.1.1 April 2017 security patch
SM-J320F 24 Mar 2017 J320FXXU0AQC3 Android 5.1.1 April 2017 security patch
SM-J320F 16 Mar 2017 J320FDRU0AQC1 Android 5.1.1 March 2017 security patch
SM-J320F 23 Feb 2017 J320FDRU0AQB3 Android 5.1.1 February 2017 security patch
SM-J320F 21 Feb 2017 J320FXXU0AQB3 Android 5.1.1 February 2017 security patch
SM-J320F 02 Feb 2017 J320FXXU0AQB1 Android 5.1.1 February 2017 security patch
SM-J320FN 04 Sep 2017 J320FNXXU0AQI1 Android 5.1.1 August 2017 security patch
SM-J320FN 15 May 2017 J320FNXXU0AQE3 Android 5.1.1 May 2017 security patch
SM-J320FN 02 May 2017 J320FNXXU0AQE1 Android 5.1.1 May 2017 security patch
SM-J320FN 27 Feb 2017 J320FNXXU0AQB3 Android 5.1.1 March 2017 security patch
SM-J320FN 08 Feb 2017 J320FNXXU0AQB2 Android 5.1.1 February 2017 security patch
SM-J320G 27 Jun 2017 J320GXXS0AQF1 Android 5.1.1 June 2017 security patch
SM-J320G 15 Apr 2017 J320GXXU0AQD1 Android 5.1.1 April 2017 security patch
SM-J320G 18 Nov 2016 J320GXXU0APK1 Android 5.1.1 November 2016 security patch
SM-J320G 10 Aug 2016 J320GXXU0APH1 Android 5.1.1 August 2016 security patch
SM-J320G 18 Jul 2016 J320GXXU0APG3 Android 5.1.1 June 2016 security patch
SM-J320G 20 Jun 2016 J320GXXU0APF3 Android 5.1.1 June 2016 security patch
SM-J320G 13 May 2016 J320GXXU0APE1 Android 5.1.1 May 2016 security patch
SM-J320G 18 Apr 2016 J320GXXU0APD3 Android 5.1.1 Not Available
SM-J320H 19 Jul 2017 J320HXXU0AQG2 Android 5.1.1 July 2017 security patch
SM-J320H 23 Jun 2017 J320HXXS0AQF2 Android 5.1.1 June 2017 security patch
SM-J320H 02 May 2017 J320HXXU0AQE1 Android 5.1.1 May 2017 security patch
SM-J320H 17 Mar 2017 J320HXXU0AQC3 Android 5.1.1 March 2017 security patch
SM-J320H 16 Mar 2017 J320HXXU0AQC2 Android 5.1.1 March 2017 security patch
SM-J320H 17 Jan 2017 J320HXXS0AQA2 Android 5.1.1 January 2017 security patch
SM-J320H 16 Dec 2016 J320HXXU0APL3 Android 5.1.1 December 2016 security patch
SM-J320H 07 Dec 2016 J320HXXS0APL1 Android 5.1.1 December 2016 security patch
SM-J320H 27 Oct 2016 J320HXXU0APJ5 Android 5.1.1 October 2016 security patch
SM-J320H 12 Aug 2016 J320HXXU0APH1 Android 5.1.1 August 2016 security patch
SM-J320H 29 Jul 2016 J320HXXU0APG6 Android 5.1.1 August 2016 security patch
SM-J320H 02 Jun 2016 J320HXXU0APF1 Android 5.1.1 June 2016 security patch
SM-J320H 20 May 2016 J320HXXU0APE5 Android 5.1.1 May 2016 security patch
SM-J320M 27 Feb 2018 J320MUBU0ARB3 Android 5.1.1 March 2018 security patch
SM-J320M 15 Dec 2017 J320MUBS0AQL6 Android 5.1.1 December 2017 security patch
SM-J320M 26 Oct 2017 J320MUBU0AQJ3 Android 5.1.1 November 2017 security patch
SM-J320M 23 Oct 2017 J320MUBU0AQJ2 Android 5.1.1 October 2017 security patch
SM-J320M 20 Sep 2017 J320MUBU0AQI3 Android 5.1.1 August 2017 security patch
SM-J320M 17 Jul 2017 J320MUBU0AQG3 Android 5.1.1 July 2017 security patch
SM-J320M 11 May 2017 J320MUBU0AQE1 Android 5.1.1 May 2017 security patch
SM-J320M 01 Feb 2017 J320MUBU0AQB1 Android 5.1.1 February 2017 security patch
SM-J320M 03 Jan 2017 J320MUBU0AQA1 Android 5.1.1 January 2017 security patch
SM-J320M 12 Sep 2016 J320MUBU0API1 Android 5.1.1 September 2016 security patch
SM-J320P 26 Jan 2018 J320PVPS1ARA1 Android 5.1.1 Aug 2017-Jan 2018 security patch, Meltdown and Spectre fixes
SM-J320P 14 Jul 2017 J320PVPS1AQG3 Android 5.1.1 July 2017 security patch
SM-J320P 13 Apr 2017 J320PVPS1AQD2 Android 5.1.1 April 2017 security patch
SM-J320P 29 Nov 2016 J320PVPU1APK2 Android 5.1.1 December 2016 security patch
SM-J320P 16 Aug 2016 J320PVPU1APH2 Android 5.1.1 August 2016 security patch
SM-J320P 19 May 2016 J320PVPU1APE1 Android 5.1.1 May 2016 security patch
SM-J320P 04 Dec 2015 J320PVPU1AOL2 Android 5.1.1 Not Available
SM-J320R4 04 Sep 2017 J320R4TYS2AQI1 Android 6.0.1 August 2017 security patch
SM-J320R4 07 Jun 2017 J320R4TYS2AQF1 Android 6.0.1 June 2017 security patch
SM-J320R4 20 Feb 2017 J320R4TYU2AQB1 Android 6.0.1 February 2017 security patch
SM-J320R4 22 Nov 2016 J320R4TYU2APK3 Android 6.0.1 November 2016 security patch
SM-J320R4 02 May 2016 J320R4TYU1APE1 Android 6.0.1 April 2016 security patch
SM-J320W8 27 Jul 2017 J320W8VLU2AQG4 Android 6.0.1 August 2017 security patch
SM-J320W8 02 Jan 2017 J320W8VLU2AQA1 Android 6.0.1 January 2017 security patch
SM-J320ZN 28 Jul 2017 J320ZNDOU1AQH1 Android 5.1.1 August 2017 security patch
SM-J320ZN 16 May 2017 J320ZNDOS1AQE2 Android 5.1.1 May 2017 security patch
SM-J320ZN 15 May 2017 J320ZNDOS1AQE1 Android 5.1.1 May 2017 security patch
SM-J320ZN 01 Mar 2017 J320ZNDOS1AQC1 Android 5.1.1 March 2017 security patch
SM-J320ZN 03 Feb 2017 J320ZNDOU1AQB1 Android 5.1.1 February 2017 security patch
SM-J320ZN 29 Nov 2016 J320ZNDOS1APK2 Android 5.1.1 December 2016 security patch
SM-J320ZN 15 Sep 2016 J320ZNDOU1API4 Android 5.1.1 September 2016 security patch
SM-J320ZN 26 Jul 2016 J320ZNDOU1APG2 Android 5.1.1 August 2016 security patch
SM-J320ZN 28 Jun 2016 J320ZNDOU1APF4 Android 5.1.1 July 2016 security patch
SM-J320ZN 03 May 2016 J320ZNDOU1APE1 Android 5.1.1 May 2016 security patch
SM-J320VP 1 Feb 2018 J320VPPVRU2ARA2  Android 7.0  January 2018 security patch, KRACK fix
SM-J320VP 22 Sep 2017 J320VPPVRS2AQI1 Android 7.0 September 2017 security patch and Blueborne fix
SM-J320VV 1 Feb 2018 J320VVRS2BRA2  Android 7.0  January 2018 security patch and KRACK fix
SM-J320VV 22 Sep 2017 J320VVRU2BQJ1  Android 7.0  Android 7.0, August 2017 security patch and Blueborne fix

Samsung Galaxy J3 Pie update

Samsungs Galaxy J3 family usually receives one major OS upgrade. This means that only the models that have Android Oreo out of the box can expect to be upgraded to Android 9 Pie, as seen in the table below.

Device Model Android 9 Pie update Exp Release
Galaxy J3 2016 SM-J320P Not eligible
Galaxy J3 Emerge SM-J327P Not eligible
Galaxy J3 Prime SM-J327T Not eligible
Galaxy J3 Eclipse SM-J327V Not eligible
Galaxy J3 Pro SM-J320F Not eligible
Galaxy Amp Prime 2 SM-J327A Not eligible
Galaxy J3 2017 SM-J330F/FN/G Not eligible
Galaxy J3 2018 SM-J337A Eligible Q3 2019
Galaxy J3 V 3rd Gen SM-J337V Eligible Q3 2019
Galaxy J3 Star SM-J337T Eligible Q3 2019
Galaxy Amp Prime 3 SM-J337AZ Eligible Q3 2019

Samsung One UI

Given that the entire Galaxy J3 2018 family is eligible for an update to Android 9 Pie, 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 the J3 2018 misses out on the One UI. After all, it won’t be the first time such would be coming from Samsung. Only time will tell.

Related: Samsung One UI device list and release date

Samsung Galaxy J3 Oreo update

Device Model Android 8.0 update Exp Release
Galaxy J3 2016 SM-J320P Not eligible NA
Galaxy J3 Emerge SM-J327P Expected (Sprint is yet to confirm) NA
Galaxy J3 Prime SM-J327T Manufacturer development Q3 2018
Galaxy J3 Eclipse SM-J327V Eligible (Verizon is yet to confirm) NA
Galaxy J3 Pro SM-J320F Not expected. NA
Galaxy Amp Prime 2 SM-J327A Eligible Q4 2018
U.S. unlocked Galaxy J3 2017 SM-J327U Eligible Released on 24 October 2018
Galaxy J3 2017 SM-J330F/FN/G Eligible Released on 14 August 2018
Galaxy J3 V 3rd Gen SM-J337V Preinstalled NA

If we are considering Android 8.0 update for the Galaxy J3 series, well, not only will the Galaxy J3 2017 receive the update, but also the Galaxy J3 Emerge and all of its variants.

Of course, the latter argument is based on the fact that T-Mobile revealed that Samsung has is developing Android Oreo for the J3 Prime, which is just another name for the J3 Emerge. The same phone is also known as J3 Eclipse on Verizon and Amp Prime 2 on AT&T. Despite having started development, the J3 Prime Oreo update will not be ready until somewhere in Q3 2018.

As for the Galaxy J3 2017 and all variants with model number SM-J330, Android 8.0 Oreo is already here. The latest Galaxy J3 2018 (known as J3 V 3rd Gen on Verizon Wireless) has Oreo out of the box.

How to download and install Galaxy J3 firmware

Well, we have provided the download link of the firmware along with their build no. (software version, that is) in the firmware column in the update table above.

Take care to download the firmware by matching the model no. of your Galaxy J3. Here are some examples of device model no. and firmware build.

  • J320FD – J320FDDU0AQC3
  • J320FX – J320FXXU0AQB3 (take care to not flash J320FN or J320FD firmware)
  • J320FN – J320FNXXU0AQB3
  • J320G – J320GXXU0APK1
  • J320H – J320HXXU0AQC2
  • J320M – J320MUBU0AQA1

When in doubt, sure ask us about the firmware version you are looking to install, using the comments section below. We’ll reply asap.

To install, find the guide on how to install Samsung firmware here. That’s all you need.


What are your thoughts on the updates for the Galaxy J3 devices?