Galaxy S I9000

Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000 – Steps to install ICS Android 4.0.3 Build 15 Firmware

Galaxy S ICS New logoBuild 15 of ICS 4.0.3 firmware by team hacksung has arrived and in the due course of this article we will be checking out the same. Please note that this is not an Official firmware launched by Samsung Electronics and there is no ETA on by when an Official version of Value Pack or Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0.3 firmware will be arriving. Over the last few days, we have covered various versions which are Build 5, Build 8, Build 10, Build 13 & Build 14. Please note that still this version has some bugs and will be solved in the coming versions for which developer hasn’t provided any ETA. From the sources we understand that within a week, there will be an all new build of 16 which will be much more stable than the last version.

Note: Please note that this is not a Full-fledged version and is a test version. Just in case if you are eager to try this out you can but it’s not a full-fledged working version of firmware. Also, this version of ICS is not an Official version of firmware released by Samsung Electronics and is developed by third party developer.

Disclaimer: At Android Advices, we have made sure in all respects that all the information regarding the firmware update is mentioned correctly in this article. We hold no responsibility in any manner just in case if any damage happens to your Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000 which is a very unlikely event if you follow the instructions carefully. This update can only be applied to the devices whose phones bear model number as I9000 and not even I9000B / i9000T etc.

Essential Pre Requisites:

  • Enable USB Debugging in your device from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”. The USB Debugging option should be ticked in your phone.
  • Minimum charge left in the device should be 60% so as to ensure that the device doesn’t get turned Off in the process of firmware update.
  • Uninstall all the security as well as antivirus suites installed in your computer so as these tools generally tend to interrupt the process of firmware update.

Known Issues in Build 15:

  • Camera does not support scene modes
  • FM Radio does not work.
  • Phone unnecessarily gets data connection on device encryption password enter screen.
  • Cannot format external SD *
  • Android OS battery usage display higher than normal.
  • Sometime wrong SMS selected for forwarding
  • Format internal instead of external SD when requested to format ext. SD
  • Transfer speed slows down when screen off
  • Gallery face glow FCs
  • Screenshot shutter sound
  • Camera crashes when changing resolution
  • TV Out using HW-decoding (probably won’t be fixed)
  • Sim Toolkit (probably won’t be fixed)
  • No camera focus mode setting
  • Back camera does not record geotagging
  • Compass doesn’t work in Google Maps v6
  • Unable to dial “0001” in some regions
  • Regression in BUILD 15: Superuser application crashes (fix)
  • Slow USB transfer speed for some people
  • Bootloop after disabling boot animation (unverified)

Bugs / Issues Fixed in Build 15 ICS:

  • Duplicate entries in MediaScanner (will only prevent new duplicates, need to clear data to get rid of old duplicates)
  • Regression in BUILD 14: Screen flicker while turning off
  • Regression in BUILD 14: adb turns off every reboot
  • Mute-unmute needed on some calls (hopefully)
  • Notification power widget uncustomizable (now integrated into Settings)
  • Reboot into recovery on crash (it will still reboot, just not into recovery)
  • Unreliable Wi-Fi on screen off (hopefully)

So assuming that you have followed all the instructions mentioned above, you can now proceed to the next page where we will check on how to apply this Build 15 firmware in your phone.

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  1. Deak Gabor

    February 19, 2012 at 4:14 pm


    I installed it perfectly but i couldn’t use andrid market because i click install button and nothing happens, so i couldn’t put any prodrams to my phone mainly the phone hans’t got file manager. Pls help how to do it!

  2. amosg

    February 14, 2012 at 11:47 am

    I have the SAMSUNG S GT-I9000
    Firmware 2.3.3
    Baseband i9000jijv6
    Kernel se.infra@SEP-73#2
    What do I do to install the latest version of “ICS Android 4.0.3 Build 15 Firmware”

    • Pradeep Neela

      February 15, 2012 at 12:02 am

      yes you can install! but via XXJVU as mentioned in the article!

  3. Moi

    February 13, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    how can I find out which build my phone is made?

  4. karim

    February 10, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Teamhacksungs ICS BUILD 16 is out,when are you guys going to post it?

  5. LDAP

    February 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Hi everyone,

    I installed the google from CWM recovery as per instructed. I cant see it installed on phone. Do you know how i open google apps? Where to i go to open or confirm its on there?

    Thanks in advance guys!

  6. LDAP

    February 9, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Hi Neela,

    I dont know if you are aware but the androidadvices website main menu does not work, if you click on Samsung for example it takes you to the entire samsung section , there is no drop down for Galaxy S for example.

    Do you know about this?

    Thanks a lot 🙂

    • Pradeep Neela

      February 12, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      its not a known issue, try updating once again

  7. sunny varma

    February 5, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    i cant updating ics
    itz cuming e:signature failed 🙁
    wht i do ??
    plz rpy soon 🙁

    • Neela Pradeep

      April 6, 2012 at 12:47 am

      you need to root the device agai, install the clock work mod recovery by installing the rom manager app!

  8. sunny varma

    February 5, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    itz cuming e:signature failed 🙁
    wht i do ??
    plz rpy soon

  9. arash

    February 4, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    tnx for your very very good site !!!!
    i have a question..!!!
    do you know that how i do install a language in SGS ?

    • Pradeep Neela

      February 21, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      yes, you can change from locale and text option!

  10. mohit

    February 3, 2012 at 2:25 am

    how to operate filemanager in ics build 15. i m not able to access my sd’s files

    • Neela Pradeep

      April 5, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      update with the build 17 firmware!

  11. Stirling

    February 2, 2012 at 1:49 am

    Hi guys, I just wanted to let any new people to this rom know that it is really great. Has some fantastic tuning options. I have had not problems at all except for a couple of mentioned issues in the description.

    USB tethering works very well, ill check out Wireless tethering later on. All good except slow rotation of screen, takes a couple of seconds to actually start to rotate but Neela has mentioned it is due to be fixed in coming updates.

    If you have any questions i may be able to answer them for you, just send me a message 🙂


  12. stirling

    February 1, 2012 at 9:32 am

    HI guys,

    I have factory reset and wiped all cache and dalvik cache. The rom is quite quick however i notice the screen AUTO ROTATE is very slow to respond, you can turn the phone and it can take 2-3 seconds for it to rotate.

    Is there a setting somewhere to speed this up?

    Thanks a lot 🙂

    • Pradeep Neela

      February 2, 2012 at 12:03 am

      over the next comign updates, it will be fixed!

  13. Nick

    January 31, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    need help with tethering issue!! tether starts, device connects but no internet connection

    • Pradeep Neela

      January 31, 2012 at 3:33 pm

      yes it will be fixed in the coming versions!

  14. Nick

    January 31, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    hi neal, i’ve had a wifi tethering issue with all builds of this rom. wifi tethering starts ok , my tablet or pc will connect but it does not connect to the internet. any solutions. thanks

    • Pradeep Neela

      January 31, 2012 at 5:48 pm

      yes there are some issues and will be addressed in the coming versions!

  15. Ali Abu

    January 31, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Already update my I9000 with ICS 4.0.3 Build 15 version. Getting problem with multimedia message, can’t get APN setting from my service provider. Also manualy setting also can’t work. Pls help to this issue.

    • Pradeep Neela

      January 31, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      have you saved the apn settings?

      • Ali Abu

        January 31, 2012 at 2:30 pm

        Yes, i’ve been set it manually and save it. Still the picture message can’t go through. Thanks.

  16. Kogs

    January 30, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Is facebook sync now working?

  17. Nathan

    January 29, 2012 at 6:45 am

    this hotfile server is rather annoying

    • sasha

      January 30, 2012 at 4:12 am

      yes I agree its always a problem but thanx for
      the grate work androidadvices

  18. Explorer23

    January 29, 2012 at 4:28 am

    Sound like there are still many issues …

    And is there any ETA for next Cyanogen Mod? (probably RC4.0)

  19. Won

    January 29, 2012 at 2:56 am

    Hi AA Community,

    Flashed to this build a few hours ago, seems fairly usable bar having the said bugs mentioned above. However in comparison with the RC3.1 from ICSSGS team, it seems a tad behind in its progress.

    I will continue the research and post back with better internal details (speed, operations, etc..)

  20. Mahmud Koya

    January 28, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Hi Neela,
    Updated with this Build 15. There is no apparent difference at all between the builds14 and 15 except in the number!
    What for these updates like this actually there is nothing to update?
    Thanks a lot for your efforts,
    Mahmud K

  21. Ali Abu

    January 28, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Already with ICS Android 4.0.3 Build 14 on my GS I9000. Do i need to go back to XXJVU 2.3.6 and rooted it to install this Build 15 Firmware…? Sorry for bad English

    • Pradeep Neela

      January 28, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      no, you can directly apply the update!

      • Ali Abu

        January 30, 2012 at 8:24 am

        Is’t all the file in build 15 firmware different from the 14 version?

      • Ali Abu

        January 30, 2012 at 11:19 am

        Means all 4 file must be installed and all the file are totally different from 14 version? TQ

        • Pradeep Neela

          January 30, 2012 at 11:42 am

          yes you need to install again!

        • Ali Abu

          January 31, 2012 at 6:41 am

          Build 15 version installed. Problem mms can’t function. Can’t receive any APN setting from service provider. TQ from Malaysia.

          • Pradeep Neela

            January 31, 2012 at 12:06 pm

            yes there are some issues!

  22. Syed

    January 28, 2012 at 1:23 am

    It looks like not much improvement from previous build.

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