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Nov 4, 2011

Root for Galaxy Nexus Already Available

Galaxy Nexus, the latest Google phone out there, has been already rooted, although it is not yet available for purchase. 

The handset was officially introduced only a few weeks ago, and is expected to arrive on shelves starting with mid-November with the new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich platform on board.

Users will be able to root the new smartphone immediately after purchasing it, provided that this is something that they are looking to achieve, of course.

The root method for Samsung's new Galaxy Nexus comes from the guys over at MoDaCo, and is said to be only temporary root (the handset will revert to the original state when rebooted).

They called the required file for rooting this mobile phone Superboot, which is a boot.img that will install su and the superuser APK on the handset when booting up.

According to them, this rooting method does not require playing with ADB or overwriting the official ROM that the device arrived with.

However, they note that those who will have in their hands a retail Galaxy Nexus might need to unlock the bootloader inside this device first.

To root the Galaxy Nexus, users will need to have the Superboot.zip file downloaded on their devices, and extracted to a directory.

Then, they will have to enter bootloader mode (press the 'volume up' and 'volume down' buttons at the same time when booting up the device).

For the next step, users will have to do various actions, depending on the OS their PCs are running under. Those using Windows will simply have to double click 'install-superboot-windows.bat' to do the job.

On Mac and Linux, users will need to open a terminal window to the directory where they extracted the aforementioned file, then type 'chmod +x install-superboot-mac.sh' followed by './install-superboot-mac.sh' or 'chmod +x install-superboot-linux.sh' followed by './install-superboot-linux.sh'.

You can read more on the rooting of Galaxy Nexus on this thread on MoDaCo forums.


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