Install Build 16 Android 4.0.3 Update in Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000

Sanjana February 14, 2012 0

Build 16 of ICS for Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000 is here and we will check out how to apply this update in your Galaxy S with the help of the simple tutorial discussed here. It is to be noted that this is not a full-fleged Official working version of the firmware but is a test version developed by some third party developer.

samsung galaxy s gt i9000

We wont be responsible for any harm caused to your device during the updation procedure that is unlikely to happen if you follow the instructions carefully. The updation procedure is not recommended for basic users but is for advanced users and is only applicable to Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000 smartphones that are network unlocked. Do not apply it in any other I9000 models such as I9000B / i9000T etc or in any other device as it might not be reversible and may harm the device by blocking it.

Let’s take a look at some of the change logs that come with this new firmware.

Change log of Build 16:

  • Back camera does not record geo tagging
  • Regression in BUILD 15: Super user application crashes
  • Camera crashes while changing resolution
  • New WM8994 Extensions (aka “Voodoo Sound”) can now be configurable from DSP Manager
  • Regression in BUILD 15: Data Roaming enabled by default


You ought to backup all the user data present in your phone since chances of data loss or corruption are there. Having a backup will enable you to replace the lost data if any damage occurs. Follow the link posted below to backup and restore all your data easily.

Pre Upgrade Instructions for Rooting and Firmware Update

Must Have:

Download Build 16 Android 4.0.3 PackageDownload Google Apps with Face UnlockDownload Google Apps Fixer Package

Steps to Update Build 16 Android 4.0.3 Firmware in Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000:

Before proceeding into the updation instructions make sure that you are on XXJVU Firmware. You need to update your smartphone to XXJVU Firmware and then root it on that firmware. Follow the links posted below to root your Galaxy S on XXJVU Firmware.

Steps to Update Galaxy S with XXJVU Firmware

Steps to Root Galaxy S on XXJVU Firmware

Enable USB Debugging in your phone from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging. Make sure that USB Debugging option is ticked

enable usb debugging

Step-1: Download  Build 16 Android 4.0.3 Package followed by Google Apps Face Unlock and Google Apps Fixer Package from the Must Have section to your computer and connect your smartphone to the computer via original USB Cable obtained at purchase time. Copy the downloaded zip file to your phone’s SD Card. Make sure not to place the downloaded zip file deep into any sub-folders else the phone wont be able to detect it when required.

Step-2: After copying is over, remove the connected USB Cable and enter the device into Recovery mode by pressing Volume Up Key + OK button and holding both press Power button simultaneously. In Recovery mode choose the options of  “Wipe data/factory reset” > “Wipe Cache partition” to clear all cache present in the device.

Step-3: Next select “install zip from SD Card” > “choose zip from SD Card” and choose Build 16 ICS Android 4.0.3 Firmware Zip Package, Google Apps with Face Unlock and Google Apps Fixer Package in the same order as mentioned here sequentially one after another. It will take around 10 minutes to process all these three files.

Step-4: Now select  “++++ Go Back ++++” > “Reboot system now” option to reboot the phone. After all the files are processed, the device will again boot up in Recovery mode and it will take about 20 minutes to update the device. In recovery mode select “Wipe data/factory reset” > “Wipe Cache partition” to clear all cache. Now select “++++ Go Back ++++” > “Reboot system now” to restart Galaxy S GT I9000 smartphone.

reboot system now

Thus you can easily update your Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000 smartphone with the latest Build 16 Android 4.0.3 firmware by following the steps mentioned above carefully.

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