Galaxy J3 Oreo update: Android 8.0 development for J3 Prime begins

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. 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 upcoming Galaxy J3 2017, besides the Galaxy J3 Prime that was released at T-Mobile in April 2017.

So, if we talk Galaxy J3, you have the basic 2016 edition, which basically has variants in the form of pro version, or J3 Emerge and J3 Prime, but would get a real upgrade in the form of Galaxy J3 2017 edition.

Samsung Galaxy J3 Oreo update: What to expect?

Device Model Android 8.0 update Exp Release
Galaxy J3 2016 SM-J320P Not expected. Currently on Android 5.1.1. NA
Galaxy J3 Emerge SM-J327P Expected (Sprint is yet to confirm) NA
Galaxy J3 Prime SM-J327T Manufacturer development Q2 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 Expected (AT&T is yet to confirm) NA
Galaxy J3 2017 SM-J330F/FN/G Expected (Samsung is yet to confirm) Q3 2018

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

Of course, this argument is based on the fact that T-Mobile has confirmed that Samsung has started 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.

Samsung Galaxy J3 Nougat update: What to expect?

Device Model Android 7.0 update Exp Release
Galaxy J3 2016 SM-J320 Not expected. Currently on Android 5.1.1. NA
Galaxy J3 Emerge SM-J327P On Marshmallow, but Nougat unexpected. NA
Galaxy J3 Prime SM-J327T On Marshmallow, but Nougat unexpected. NA
Galaxy J3 Eclipse SM-J327V On Marshmallow, but Nougat unexpected. NA
Galaxy J3 Pro SM-J320F On Marshmallow, but Nougat unexpected. NA
Galaxy Amp Prime 2 SM-J327A Nougat pre-installed. NA
Galaxy J3 2017 SM-J330F/G/H/i/FD Yet to launch. Should have Nougat pre-installed. NA

The original Galaxy J3 and J3 Pro shipped with Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box mainly due to the fact that they were budget devices and because their release time frame was only a few months after Marshmallow’s own release.

Now, even though the J3 2016 never received Marshmallow, Samsung did launch its variant in J3 Emerge and J3 Prime on Marshmallow Android 6.0.1 — some specs differ, btw! — but it gave Nougat pre-installed to the Cricket Wireless’ J3 variant, called Galaxy Amp Prime 2.

So, while Samsung has been shy about updating its original J3 from Lollipop to Marshmallow, it does have a J3 variant on Nougat. So, what gives?

Well, we think Samsung doesn’t look at Galaxy J3 as the device to provide major updates to. So, we don’t the Galaxy J3 2016 (SM-J320) would receive Marshmallow or Nougat, while the likes of J3 Emerge and J3 Prime are out of contention in our books.

To further substantiate our claim, have a look at Samsung Turkey’s Nougat roadmap plan — you would notice there is no mention of Galaxy J3 whatsoever.

samsung-turkey-Nougat-roadmap-April-24

The upcoming Galaxy J3 2017 may release with Nougat on board, for all we know. But if Samsung decides to go with Marshmallow, it may paint a bad picture for the company given that we have already completed Q1. To add some hope to this fire, the company shipped its latest Galaxy Xcover device with Nougat, considering that it features a moderate set of specifications.

Galaxy J3 firmware [2017 edition, SM-J330F/FN/G]

The Galaxy J3 2017 comes with model no. that starts with SM-J330. As the device comes with Android 7.0 pre-installed, we fully expect it to receive the official Android Oreo update from Samsung.

When the Galaxy J3 2017 Oreo update is available as an OTA isn’t clear though, as Samsung hasn’t announced its 8.0 update plans yet. As of October 18, Samsung’s Oreo for S8 isn’t live either, so it’s hard to tell when the company would have its first Oreo build ready, which will enter beta testing first, and then be released as a stable update.

Model No. Date Update Download Link Android OS Changelog
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 01 Sep 2017 J330FNXXU1AQI1 Android 7.0 August 2017 security patch
SM-J330FN 20 Jun 2017 J330FNXXU1AQF9 Android 7.0 June 2017 security patch
SM-J330G 11 Sep 2017 J330GDXU2AQI2 Android 7.0 August 2017 security patch
SM-J330G 31 Aug 2017 J330GDXU1AQH5 Android 7.0 August 2017 security patch
SM-J330G 09 Jun 2017 J330GDXU1AQF5 Android 7.0 June 2017 security patch

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 18 Sep 2017 J320MUBU0AQI2 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

Galaxy J3 Pro update and firmware [SM-J330G]

Model No. Date Update Download Link Android OS Changelog
SM-J330G 11 Sep 2017 J330GDXU2AQI2 Android 7.0 August 2017 security patch
SM-J330G 31 Aug 2017 J330GDXU1AQH5 Android 7.0 August 2017 security patch
SM-J330G 09 Jun 2017 J330GDXU1AQF5 Android 7.0 June 2017 security patch

The J3 Pro is a slightly better version of the original J3 with a little more RAM. The device was launched in June 2016 with Android 5.1.1 on board. The J3 Pro shares the same fate as the original J3 and may not receive Marshmallow and Nougat updates too.

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.

Though, we highly doubt Samsung will find time to update the J3 Prime to Android 7.0 Nougat build anytime in future.

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 21 Jun 2017 J327PVPU1AQF4 Android 6.0.1 June 2017 security patch
SM-J327P 27 Feb 2017 J327PVPU1AQB6 Android 6.0.1 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, which suggests that this model will also receive Oreo, probably somewhere in Q2 or Q3 2018.

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

Update [October 28, 2017]: Verizon is now rolling out a new update for their Galaxy J3 Eclipse, and its prepaid variant J3 Mission, coming in as software version J327VVRS1AQJ2 and J327VPPVRS1AQJ2 respectively. The OJ2 update brings fix for Blueborne security issue, and that’s all Verizon has told us about it. There should be latest security patches too that are part of the update, but the carrier’s update page hasn’t shed any light on which month’s patches we are looking at here. We assume it’s October 2017 security patch.

We do not have firmware for the Verizon J3 Eclipse and J3 Mission yet, but we would be sure to add it here once it’s available.

Update [February 12, 2018]: Also known as Samsung Galaxy J3 Prime on T-Mobile, the Galaxy J3 Eclipse Oreo update is now confirmed to be under development. When the update will be ready for release is still unknown. Also, this is just an assumption that since T-Mobile will be upgrading its version of the J3 Eclipse, Verizon will do the same too, but there’s no guarantee whatsoever.


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?

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Teffy Sam is an avid tech enthusiast. Pro Android and Windows fanboy. Anime otaku to the core. Natural philosopher by day, amateur Astronomer by night. Footballer and virtually unbeatable at Table Tennis. Email: teffy@theandroidsoul.com
  • Myo Min Han

    how to download?

  • Myo Min Han

    download is very very very very very very very very hard

  • Julia

    Hi. I have just got a Samsung galaxy J3 6 and I am being prompted to upgrade to J320FNXXU0AQE3 / J320FNBTU0AQD1 / J320FNXXU0AQC6. I am very nervous about doing this as last time I upgraded software on my galaxy s5 mini my phone crashed completely and could not be resurrected. Please can you advise if above upgrades are ok or any negative reports out there. Thanks very much

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