September security update out for Galaxy A8+ (2018), A8 (2016), and more

Samsung is updating a number of mid-range devices with the September 2018 security patch. These devices include the Galaxy A8 (2016), Galaxy A8+ (2018), the Galaxy C7, and the new Galaxy A8 Star. Samsung has already updated its flagships with the September patch, and more of the company’s devices should be getting a similar update in the coming days.

Galaxy A8 Star update also includes a Galaxy Note 9 camera feature

The September 2018 security patch doesn’t involve fixes for any widespread vulnerabilities, but it does fix more than the usual number of critical vulnerabilities in Android and an even higher number of vulnerabilities in Samsung’s software. The Galaxy A8 Star update is also special because it brings support for AR Emoji in the camera app and also the new Scene Optimizer feature from the Galaxy Note 9. Scene Optimizer is a funky way to say the camera will now better detect the type of scene and subject being captured. While it doesn’t seem to make any difference, it would be nice to see Samsung bringing it to other flagships as well (something that may yet happen with the Android 9.0 Pie update).

To see if the September update is available for your phone, open the Settings app, tap Software update, then tap Download updates manually. You can also download the firmware from our database for a manual upgrade. Do tell us if you see any new features or notable changes once the update has been installed.

  • Model: SM-G8850
  • Dimensions: 162.4 x 77.0 x 7.6mm
  • Display: 6.3" (160mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
  • Camera: 16 MP, CMOS F1.7 & 24MP, CMOS F1.7
  • Model: SM-A730F
  • Dimensions: 159.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm
  • Display: 6.0"(142.2mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 7885
  • Camera: 16 MP, CMOS PDAF (F1.7)
  • Model: SM-A810F
  • Dimensions: 156.6 x 76.8 x 7.2mm
  • Display: 5.7" (144.3mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 7420
  • Camera: 16 MP, CMOS F1.9
  • Model: SM-C7000
  • Dimensions: 156.6 x 77.2 x 6.7mm
  • Display: 5.7" (143.9mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 627
  • Camera: 16 MP, CMOS F1.9


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September is almost over and I haven’t got this update on my S8. Definitely Samsung is not doing a great job when it comes to updating it’s devices


I received a September update on my Note 9 – United States (Verizon) – September 19, updated to N960USQS1ARH6.


If scene optimizer came to that phone,it will come to the Galaxy S9/S9+ for sure. Maybe with the Android 9.0 update. But it should come to the S8 family too. That’s what I think