Once again Samsung is back with a new range of Galaxy flagship smartphones: the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus. When compared to their predecessors both these phones might not be the biggest upgrade but they are definitely better than having to wait longer for new devices. Among the two, Galaxy S9 Plus is considered to be more interesting with some improvements in the camera department and that is the reason Samsung calls it as ‘reimagined’.
Launched with the all new Android 8.0 Oreo OS, Galaxy S9 Plus features a curved glass panels on the front and back, separated by an aluminum frame. It features a 6.2 inches of curved super AMOLED screen with 1440 x 2960 pixels of resolution. Globally, it is powered by 64 bit of Octa core Samsung Exynos 9810 processor while in USA and China it comes with 64 bit of Octa core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. It has a 6 GB RAM which is more than Galaxy S9 while the internal storage can be expanded via micro SD up to an extra 400 GB. As compared to Galaxy S8 Plus, the AKG tuned dual speakers in S9+ are 1.4 times louder which is super cool. When it comes to camera, Samsung has improved its cameras a lot in the last few years. Galaxy S9 Plus features an amazing 12 + 12 megapixel of dual rear camera which can switch between f/1.5 aperture and f/2.4 aperture, similar to how larger cameras work.
Similar to the Apple’s Animoji, Samsung has introduced AR Emoji which is a self-customized avatar that can either be a caricature of oneself or a completely different thing altogether. One more eye catchy feature is the GIF creator which is a really fun way to extract up to six seconds of any video and convert into GIF which can be shared on any platform. One of the smaller improvement to Samsung’s launcher is that both the app drawer and home screen can now be used in landscape orientation. The Bixby button is the most interesting feature in Galaxy S9 Plus so far. When you just point the camera at some text and tap the Bixby button, it will directly translate the text in real time. This is lit!
In our today’s article, we’ll be discussing some easy steps on how to install the latest official Android 8.0.0 Oreo sock Firmware on Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus SM-G965F smartphone. This is the latest March 2018 update which comes with various improvements in the overall performance and some newly added features as well. Note that this is an official Stock ROM (OTA Update) from Samsung and is not any kind of third party unofficial custom ROM. Lets have a look at the complete firmware info given below. 👍
Model name: GALAXY S9 PLUS
Version: Android 8.0.0 Oreo
Build date: 29 March 2018
Product Code: INS
Follow every step at your own risk. If your Galaxy S9+ gets bricked by following this guide then we at DroidThunder.com will not be held responsible for that.
This Android 8.0.0 XXU1ARCC Oreo firmware must be flashed only on Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus with the model number SM-G965F. Installing this firmware update on any other device or variant may result into unwanted outcomes or bricked phone. Confirm your device model number from Homescreen–> Menu–>Settings –> About Phone before moving further.
- Charge your Galaxy S9 Plus at least up to 60% since low battery power can increase the chances of interruption during the flashing process.
- Take a complete backup of your important data including contacts, apps, messages, call logs, notes etc. before moving further. This is recommended as everything gets wiped out in the last step of this procedure.
- Install Samsung USB drivers on your PC so as to detect your Galaxy S9 Plus when connected through USB cable. You can install the drivers from Samsung Kies CD which you’ve got at the time of purchase or just manually install them from link given below.
- (Optional) Temporary disable all the security tools as well as antivirus that are installed on your PC. They may interrupt the firmware flashing process.
Procedure to install Android 8.0.0 XXU1ARCC Oreo firmware on Galaxy S9 Plus SM-G965F
Step 1: Download and extract both the files on your PC. After extracting the firmware package (.zip file), you’ll see these files in it:
Step 2: Power off your Galaxy S9+ completely until it vibrates.
Step 3: Now boot your phone into download mode. Refer our guide on how to boot into downloading mode:
Step 4: Keeping the phone in download mode, connect it to your PC using standard USB cable.
Step 5: Go to the downloaded folder on your PC and launch the downloaded ‘Odin Multi Downloader3-v3.13.1′ software which you’ve just received after extraction.
As you launch it, the ID:COM section located at the top left corner will turn light blue. Also an Added message will appear in the message box window. This will confirm that your Galaxy S9 Plus has been successfully connected to your PC.
Note: If such thing doesn’t happen then it’s more likely to be problem with the mobile specific drivers. So confirm whether you’ve properly installed the mobile USB drivers on your PC or not. You can install them via Samsung Kies or manually install them from the links given in the Pre-Requisites section. If the problem still persists try changing USB cable or the USB port.
Step 6: Then click on the Options tab located on the Odin window and tick the Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time options. Tick only these two options and keep all the other options as they are.
Note: Do not tick the Re-partition option as it might increase the risk of bricking your phone. Don’t use the PIT tab either.
Step 7: Then, click on the BL button present on the Odin window and select the BL_G965FXXU1ARCC_CL13138380_QB17445638_REV01_user_low_ship.tar.md5 from the firmware package file.
Step 8: Next click on the CP button and select the CP_G965FXXU1ARCC_CP9270685_CL13138380_QB17445638_REV01_user_low_ship.tar.md5 file.
Step 9: Similarly click on the CSC button and select the HOME_CSC_OMC_OXM_G965FOXM1ARCA_CL13162880_QB17395502_REV01_user_low_ship.tar.md5 file.
Note: Normal CSC contains an instruction that allows Odin to wipe out complete data while HOME_CSC contains instruction to only allow wipe of cache. But when a downgrade is done (eg. from Oreo back to Nougat) a factory reset is must. So use normal CSC at that time.
Step 10: And lastly click on the AP button and select the AP_G965FXXU1ARCC_CL13138380_QB17445638_REV01_user_low_ship_meta.tar.md5 from the firmware package file.
Step 11: Now lets begin the flashing process. For doing so, simply click on the Start button present on the Odin window.
Note: As the process goes on, your phone will boot itself automatically. Do not disconnect your phone from PC as it will interrupt the firmware flashing process.
Step 12: Wait for few minutes until the process completes. When it completes successfully, the ID:COM section located on the Odin window will turn green with the message ‘Pass’ on it. Also your phone will automatically boot itself. This will confirm that the official Android 8.0.0 XXU1ARCC Oreo firmware has been successfully installed on your Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus SM-G965F smartphone. Now you can disconnect your phone from PC by safely removing the USB cable.
Note: If this firmware flashing process fails or if Odin gets stuck or in case your phone gets stuck into boot loop, then close the Odin window, again go into downloading mode and implement the complete procedure as given above.
Great! The latest official Android 8.0.0 XXU1ARCC Oreo firmware has been successfully flashed on your Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus SM-G965F smartphone. You can confirm the same from Menu->Settings->About Phone. Enjoy and experience the all new Android Oreo features on your Galaxy S9 Plus. Don’t forget to share your views after using it.
For any queries or issues related to this guide, kindly contact me through the comments section mentioned below. It’ll be pleasure to help you out. Till then Keep Smiling and Peace out! 😎✌