This is one of the many reasons why I love technology. Sometimes, before a product is even made public, we get to know crucial details about it, even possible details on how to root it. Samsung and Google unveiled the Galaxy Nexus sometime back, and there’s already a way to root it. This feat is accomplished by using the rooting tool Superboot, which is developed by guys over at MoDaCo.
The Galaxy Nexus is the latest Google smartphone that comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and dual core processor and what not. This phone is not yet available in many countries and yet they’ve managed to get their hands on one these and root it using this tool. So, what is Superboot and how does it work. Let’s take a lesson from the developers themselves;
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!
There you go, it’s simple as that! All you need to do now, is wait for your Galaxy Nexus to arrive. If your device bootloader isn’t unlocked, then you can do so by typing this command in the CMD in Windows “ ./fastboot-windows oem unlock “. Google for appropriate commands if you’re on a Mac or Linux. Anyways, here’s how to go about with the Rooting of Galaxy Nexus.
- Firstly, download this zip file of Superboot. Extract it on to a folder, preferably placed on the desktop. Remember to connect your device to the computer and turn of USB debugging.
- Now, turn of your Galaxy Nexus. Power it back on and hold the Volume Down + Volume Up key to enter the Bootloader of Galaxy Nexus.
- In Windows, double click ‘install-superboot-windows.bat’ present in the extracted folder. In Mac, open a terminal window, head to the directory containing the files, and type ‘chmod +x install-superboot-mac.sh’and ‘./install-superboot-mac.sh’. In Linux, open a terminal window, head to the directory containing the files, and type ‘chmod +x install-superboot-linux.sh’ and ‘./install-superboot-linux.sh’