The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the most awaited Android phone this year for some very good reasons: first Android phone to come with Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4), powerful device, large screen and more. It will go head to head with the iPhone 4S and the newest Windows Phone 7 devices this Holiday season. As usual with the Nexus series, the Galaxy Nexus is easy to root and Paul O’Brien @ MoDaCo already released everything you need in order to root the Galaxy Nexus. Now all we need is the actual phone which hasn’t been released yet.
Disclaimer: Please note that we will not be responsible if you end up bricking your device. Rooting or customizing your device can be risky, if you follow the instructions you should be fine!
Paul O’Brien introduced Superboot which will basically root your Samsung Galaxy Nexus the first time you start it. See below a description coming from MoDaCo:
Superboot is a boot.img that when booted, will root your device the first time you boot (installing su and the superuser APK). No need to flash any partitions, no need to mess around with ADB, no messing with the contents of your data partition, no overwriting the shipped ROM on your device, just boot the boot image using the instructions below and you're done!
So you can root / jailbreak your Samsung Galaxy Nexus?
- Simply download the file r1-galaxynexus-superboot.zip @ Superboot - rooting the Galaxy Nexus
- Once you have the zip file extract its content to a directory on your computer
- Connect your Samsung Galaxy Nexus to your computer and put it into bootloader mode: Turn off your device then turn it back on while pressing the Volume Up and Down buttons at the same time
- Now run the following command(s) on your computer from the directory where you extracted the files:
Linux: chmod +x install-superboot-linux.sh then ./install-superboot-linux.sh
Mac: chmod +x install-superboot-mac.sh then ./install-superboot-mac.sh
You will find more information and all the files to download on MoDaCo @ Superboot - rooting the Galaxy Nexus.
We can expect some new kernels to overclock the Galaxy Nexus as well as the first custom ROMs as soon as the phone gets released. Stay tuned!