There is good news for you folks that are holding out for the Galaxy Nexus when it comes out in the US. The folks over at MoDaCo have created a way to permanently root your Galaxy Nexus. What this means is that when it is released, and you are able to pick up your Galaxy Nexus with Ice Cream Sandwich, you will have a way to root the phone. Of course you will have to wait until that moment. For those of you that have the Galaxy Nexus, and are wanting to unleash the full potential of your phone, there is a quick, albeit painless way to root your phone. Paul from MoDaCo writes:
“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 as you can see this method seems quick and a relatively painless way to root your phone so those worried about breaking their shiny new ICS phone can worry a little less. Just remember, as with all rooting, your warranty becomes void and you take sole responsibility if you botch your device. However, if you are feeling up to it, hit the break below to get the download and read the instructions on how to root your phone courtesy of and MoDaCo.
How to use Superboot – Windows, Linux and OSX
- Download the Superboot zip file above and extract to a directory
- Put your device in bootloader mode – Turn off the phone then turn on with the ‘volume up’ and ‘volume down’ buttons both pressed to enter the bootloader (as pictured below)
- WINDOWS – double click ‘install-superboot-windows.bat’
- MAC – Open a terminal window to the directory containing the files, and type ‘chmod +x install-superboot-mac.sh’ followed by ‘./install-superboot-mac.sh’
- LINUX – Open a terminal window to the directory containing the files, and type ‘chmod +x install-superboot-linux.sh’ followed by ‘./install-superboot-linux.sh’
Note: If you are using a retail Galaxy Nexus, you may need to unlock the bootloader first, using ‘./fastboot-windows oem unlock’ (or the appropriate version for your machine). Note that the OEM unlock sequence wipes your device.