Android Pie-based One UI update for the Galaxy A9 with model number SM-A920F is now available. If you want to upgrade right now, then here’s how to download and install Samsung Galaxy A9 Android Pie update right now.
After setting out Android Pie update for its top line of devices including Galaxy S9/S9+, Galaxy S8/S8+, Samsung has now started working on Pie update for its mid-range Galaxy A devices. In the past few weeks, we have seen devices like the Galaxy A6 and A7 being included in the Pie beta program. On the other hand, the Galaxy A8 Plus Android Pie update started rolling out recently.
With that, Samsung is now pushing out stable Android Pie for Galaxy A9. The update is already rolling out to the users in Poland with A920FXXU1BSC5 software version. To manually check for the OTA, go to device Settings > Software updates > Download updates manually. It seems like Samsung is currently limiting the update to certain markets initially. The wider rollout might follow up soon.
Updated on 30 March 2019: Samsung has started a wider rollout of Android Pie update for Galaxy A9. These include several countries in Europe, North America, Asia, South America and more. The download links below have been updated.
Now before you head out to the instructions for manually installing this update, let us take a quick look at the changes and new features that this update brings for the Galaxy A9.
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Android Pie-based One UI for Samsung Galaxy A9 – Changelog
Being a major version transition, Galaxy A9 Android Pie update is huge in itself as it brings tons of new features and improvements to the device. A few to name include Adaptive Battery and Brightness that use Machine Learning, new intuitive gesture-based navigation, and App Actions.
What’s more exciting about this update is One UI, which is Samsung’s new software suite that sits atop Android Pie. For the first time in years, Samsung is really focusing on building a clean, beautiful, and actually useful software that’s free from gimmicks. The new UI has been rebuilt from the ground up with new colors and focus blocks that bring all the attention to the tasks at hand.
Another major interface change is to allow users to easily operate their phone’s longer displays with one hand. This is done by splitting the main view of several apps into two parts. The top half is for viewing content/information, while the lower part is for interaction/performing actions. This significantly brings down the need to stretch your thumb to the top of the phone’s display.
Android Pie for Samsung Galaxy A9 also includes a system-wide Night Mode for an optimal viewing experience in dark surroundings. When enabled, the Night Mode automatically adjusts the contrast and brightness to significantly reduce the strain on eyes.
According to the release notes published by Samsung, the following is the complete changelog:
- Content, settings, and other information have been reorganized to keep you focused on the task at hand.
- Interactive elements have been moved to the bottom of the screen so they’re always within reach.
- New designs and features such as Night mode help keep your eyes comfortable.
- You can reply to messages directly in the notification panel.
- Image thumbnails are included in message notifications.
- In an app’s notification settings, tap the switch once to turn on or off all the notifications in a category.
- New Unicode 11.0 emojis are available.
- New adaptive theme changes your keyboard look based on the colors of the surrounding app.
- Floating keyboard is available in all apps and has a new size and transparency settings.
- You can set a custom touch and hold delay.
Always On Display
- New clock styles have been added, including the option to show a calendar with your schedule.
- Charging information has been added to let you know how much time is remaining until fully charged.
- You can show Always On Display whenever the screen is off, or you can set it to show for 30 seconds when you tap the screen.
- Menus have been reorganized to make settings easier to find.
- Bixby is all new, with a range of improvements and new features.
- Swipe left from the main Bixby screen to explore the latest features and supported apps.
- You can control the Bixby key in settings to decide what happens when you press or double press.
- You can now sort your call history by incoming and outgoing calls.
- Your call history can include up to 2000 entries (increased from 500 entries).
- The new drawer menu makes it easier to manage contacts from various accounts
- The new Scene optimizer automatically enhances the camera’s color settings to fit the scene.
- Photo Editor Pro’s editing tools have been added to Gallery, so you can make all your edits and touchups without leaving the app.
- The new storage analysis tool has been added to help you monitor your storage usage and save space.
- You can now show or hide items on the My Files Home screen.
- Your daily step count will be shown in the notification panel. To hide it, press and hold the notification, then turn off Current steps.
Other improvements and changes
- Turn on the screen automatically whenever you pick up your phone using the Lift to wake feature.
- Access Kids Home on the quick panel.
- Call stickers has been discontinued.
- HEIF images are now supported.
Not to forget the update also comes with the February 2019 security patches.
As told earlier, the OTA is only rolling out to the users in Poland for now. But since the Odin-flashable firmware is already available, you can manually install Galaxy A9 Android Pie-based One UI update and upgrade right away.
- The process below will not wipe any data IF followed correctly. However, we still strongly recommend that you still take a complete backup of all your data on the phone including the internal storage. You can also follow our Android backup guide for this purpose.
- Charge your Samsung Galaxy A9 to a sufficient battery level to avoid any sudden shutdowns during the update process.
- Make sure that you install Samsung USB drivers on your PC.
- Important: On your phone, go to the security settings and delete your current fingerprint data. This shall be done in order to prevent corruption of secure data/fingerprints after the update.
- The provided Android Pie firmware will work regardless of which software version you have installed.
It is worth noting that firmware is only available for Poland (XEO) region. Since it supports multi-OXM CSC, only devices with the said CSC can install this update (As of now).
Download Galaxy A9 Android Pie (One UI) Firmware
The firmware is already available at firmware databases including SamMobile, Updato, and SamFrew. But if you face slow download speeds, then you can also download and use SamFirm tool to download Android Pie BSC5 firmware for your Galaxy A9. Once you run the tool, enter “SM-A920F” as the model and “XEO”, ‘INS‘, etc as the region.
- A920FOXM1BSC5 (OXM Multi-CSC): SamMobile | SamFrew
- A920FODM1BSC7 (ODM Multi-CSC): SamMobile | SamFrew
- A920FOJM1BSC5 (OJM Multi-CSC): SamMobile | SamFrew
- A920FOVF1BSC6 (OVF Multi-CSC): SamMobile | SamFrew
Make sure that you download the firmware that matches phone’s CSC. To check your phone’s CSC, open the dialer app and enter *#1234#. If you’re in doubt, then again, use SamFirm Tool to download the latest Android Pie firmware for your region.
How to Install Samsung Galaxy A9 Android Pie Update?
Updating your Galaxy A9 to Android Pie could be easily done by flashing the firmware using Odin. If you’re not sure how to do it, then follow the instructions listed below:
- Download Galaxy A9 Android Pie (One UI) firmware
- Extract the downloaded firmware file on the PC
- Power off your phone completely
- Hold the Volume Down, Bixby and Power buttons together and connect the USB cable
- Once the Warning screen appears, press the Volume Up button to enter Download Mode on your Galaxy A9
- Connect your phone to the PC using the USB cable
- Download the Odin 3.13.1 and extract it on the PC
- Double-click on ‘Odin3 3.13.1.exe’ file to run the Odin tool
- The ‘ID:COM’ port should light up ensuring that your phone is successfully detected by the tool
- Click on the ‘Options’ tab in the Odin window
- Make sure that ‘Auto Reboot’ and ‘F.Reset Time’ options are checked
- Now, click on the ‘BL’ button in Odin and select the firmware file starting with ‘BL_A920FXXU1BSC5.
- Do the same for ‘AP’, ‘CP’, and ‘CSC’ and select the corresponding firmware files.
- In the case of ‘CSC’, make sure to select the ‘HOME_CSC_OXM_A920FOXM1BSC5’. The regular CSC will wipe the phone completely. On the other hand, the HOME_CSC will preserve the data after the update.
- Finally, click on the ‘Start’ button to install Samsung Galaxy A9 Android Pie Update
After the installation finishes, you shall see the ‘PASS!’ message in the Odin tool window and your phone should reboot into the updated OS. We would also strongly recommend you to do a factory reset after the update is installed, via the device settings or stock recovery. This shall help prevent any unusual behavior after updating.
Now that your phone has been updated, go ahead and explore new features on your phone Android Pie and Samsung’s One UI. So, you have just been able to install Samsung Galaxy A9 Android Pie-based One UI Update. If you have any questions regarding the process, feel free to drop a comment below.