Samsung Galaxy Nexus is one of the hottest upcoming Android based devices these days. Its going to be released in November (this month), but there are still speculations about the exact release date. One of the key reasons for its popularity of course is that this is first Android device that officially supports the new Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) that will eventually be available for many other device as well. Other notable features from a hardware perspective include large 720p HD screen with AMOLEAD technology and very capable 5.0 MP camera that can also shoot 1080p videos. We first reported about the detailed specs of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus quite a while back.
Interestingly, this Android smartphone has not been even released and we have already first root method available for it! This comes from MoDaCo ‘s Paul O’Brien, who have developed a software called Superboot that is basically a boot image that when booted allows to root the Galaxy Nexus – even without installing any custom ROMs, kernels or going through the complicated ADB based procedures to do so. It will install the usual SU and super users binaries as well to get the full root access on the device. All you have to do to is to download the Superboot image and extract it to folder.
Then follow the simple procedure on your respective platform as mentioned below (First step is same for all platforms):
1) Put your Samsung Galaxy Nexus in to bootloader mode. To do so turn-off the phone and then turn it on while pressing the vol-up and vol-down buttons pressed together.
Root Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Windows
2) Now simply execute the ‘install-superboot-windows.bat’.
Root Samsung Galaxy Nexus on MAC
2) Open a terminal window to the directory containing the files, and type ‘chmod +x install-superboot-mac.sh’ followed by ‘./install-superboot-mac.sh’.
Root Samsung Galaxy Nexus on LINUX
2) 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 that if you use the retail version of the Galaxy Nexus then you might need to unlock the bootloader first, using ‘./fastboot-windows oem unlock’. This unlock sequence might erase/wipe your device!
You might also be interested in the following closely related articles about the Samsung Galaxy Nexus:
- Galaxy Nexus Camera Image Quality Comparison to iPhone 4S: Beats It With a Punch!
- Download Samsung Galaxy Nexus Wallpapers Based on Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 4.0
- Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Nexus Prime) Full Features and Specs Revealed – Verizon Exclusive!
In the mean time, have a look at our recent articles: Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) Review of Best New Features and as well as: Some Impressive Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) Features That You Don’t Know! to get hang of what the recent ICS craze is all about!
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