Samsung officially released a new OTA for the Galaxy C9 Pro in China. The firmware unveils the Android 8.0 Oreo system along with important stability improvements and security patches and addresses recently reported bugs and malfunctions. It is a roll out that isn’t available in other markets for now, so the update operation that will be later explained is compatible only with the Chinese variant of the original Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro.
The Android 8.0 Oreo update is here to improve the overall Android experience that runs by default on the Galaxy C9 Pro. The software is fully stable, light and fast which means that everything should run better and also faster than it used to. Additionally, the ROM brings the latest features and Android capabilities along with essential bug fixes and security patches that are available on the Android platform. Bottom line, the OS will offer a great experience even when demanding processes will be initiated.
As already mentioned, the Oreo update has been OTA released and is currently rolled out in different regions from China. However, it will be a slow roll out which means that some Galaxy C9 Pro users will receive the Android 8.0 notification sooner than others. That’s why, a manual update procedure might represent a better solution than waiting for the OTA package. Also, do note that you can receive and automatically apply the official OTA firmware only if your smartphone is already running on official Android OS and only if you haven’t tweaked your handset until now – for example, if root was gained you will have to use the manual update operation as otherwise you won’t be able to apply the Oreo software.
If your Galaxy C9 Pro was tweaked and you choose to use Odin for setting up the Android 8.0 package you are going to restore your device back to its factory state – so, root will be revoked, the bootloader will be relocked, the stock recovery image will be reinstalled and bloatware will be re-applied. But, this manual update process can help you address software related problems like bugs, lags, hangs, screen freeze, battery drain, heating issues, signal strength problems, total blackouts and similar other malfunctions.
Odin, the program which will be used below, is an official tool developed by Samsung especially for update types of operations. So, for being able to complete this flashing process you won’t have to use third party apps or other similar risky programs. Moreover, Samsung KNOX won’t get tripped and you won’t lose access to built-in apps – that usually happens when custom ROMs (like Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android) are being installed.
It is recommended to backup your Galaxy C9 Pro data before starting to use Odin – being an official update operation is unlikely to lose something during the flashing process, but a small risk exists as in rare situations an additional wipe might be required (we will talk about that in the end of this guide). Thus, try to avoid unpleasant situations and choose to save your contacts, call logs, texts, IMEI / NVRAM data, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, EFS folder and similar other files that might still be required afterwards – you can save different stuffs from your phone by using Samsung’s cloud storage services, by syncing packages with your Google Account or by setting up backup and restore apps from Google Play.
For being able to successfully use Odin you must have access to a Windows based computer. There, you firsts have to install the Galaxy C9 Pro drivers – the right drivers can be automatically downloaded and set up through the Samsung KIES toolkit.
On your device you have to access Developer Options, located within general Settings. If this field isn’t displayed, go to About Phone and there start tapping repeatedly on Built Number; after 7 or 10 taps you will be prompted with the ‘you are a developer’ message. Next, access the recently enabled field and from there choose to check the USB Debugging option.
The steps from below can be safely completed only if your device has enough power left. Otherwise, its Android OS can get switched off in the middle of the Android 8.0 Oreo flashing process and a sudden shut down can cause different malfunctions – if you’re not careful enough you can end up in soft bricking your handset. Thus, plug in the charger before doing anything else if the power that’s left is currently lower than 50%.
How to Manually Install Official Android 8.0 Oreo Update on Chinese Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro
- Start by downloading the official Android 8.0 Oreo firmware package that’s available for your Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro – of course, do that from your computer and save the update file on desktop. You can download this file from this page.
- It’s time to set up the flashing program; so download Odin from here and then run its executable on your computer and follow on-screen prompts for properly installing the software on your PC.
- Don’t forget that the Galaxy C9 Pro drivers must be installed on your computer.
- Run the flashing program when done.
- Afterwards, switch off your smartphone and wait a few moments while the power off process is completed.
- Reboot download mode on your Samsung branded device: press and hold the Power, Volume Down and Home buttons together, for a few seconds.
- Connect your device with your computer; make this connection by plugging in your phone’s USB cable.
- Odin must recognize your handset: the ‘added’ message should be displayed and the ID:COM field should be yellow or blue; if different you will have to reinstall your phone’s drivers on your computer before repeating the steps explained above.
- After making sure that everything works as expected, on Odin click on the AP option and just pick up the Android 8.0 Oreo firmware package from your computer.
- When asked, make sure that the Re Partition and the Auto Reboot options aren’t selected.
- On Odin click on the Start button and just wait while the update operation is being automatically completed.
- The ‘pass’ message will be returned by the flashing program in the end. At that point the ID:COM field should be green.
- You can close Odin and unplug the USB cable as the Oreo update was successfully installed on your Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro.
- Initiate one last reboot on your smartphone and that’s it.
Problems that can be experienced during the update process and how to fix the associate malfunctions
Odin is a stable program, but due to various reasons it might still cause problems. The most common issues can happen when the flashing program gets stuck right in the middle of the update operation. So, if Odin stops running without any reasons, follow: close Odin and also end all its associated processes (you can do that from Task Manager – press and hold, for a short while, the Ctrl+Alt+Del keyboard hotkeys); then, unplug the USB cable and disconnect your phone from your PC; force restart your Galaxy C9 Pro; reinstall your phone’s drivers on your computer; repeat the flashing steps explained above.
Another problem might occur during the last reboot that must be performed. You see, this reboot will take to complete than a regular one (it can take up to several minutes, so don’t panic). Anyhow, a boot loop shouldn’t happen and if it does, then you have to take action (the same applies if other similar malfunctions are caused): you must enter recovery mode on your Android device (press and also hold, at the same time and for a few seconds, the Power, Volume Up and Home buttons); in recovery use the Volume Rocker keys for scrolling up and down and the Power button to select your options; you will have to initiate a hard reset and to clear app data cache; so, select ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’; when done, return to main menu of recovery and choose ‘reboot system now’.
Great; the new Android 8.0 Oreo OS should now boot on your Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro. Do test the new features and try the new Android functionality. Share your Oreo experience with us and do tell how your phone performs on the new software. Also, share your update experience with other users who might want to use this step by step guide and tell us if you need further assistance – share your thoughts with us by using the comments field from below and try to offer as much details as possible as based on the info you provide we will then try to find the perfect solutions for you and for your device. Of course, stay close for more tutorials and other similar tips and tricks available for your Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro and don’t hesitate from browsing within our ‘how to’ section.