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Got your shiny new Samsung Galaxy Nexus yet? Nope, didn't think so. But when you do, you'll be pleased to hear that MoDaCo's Paul O'Brien has already got a root solution ready and waiting for you. Paul's "Superboot" program installs a specialized boot image to the Galaxy Nexus, which automatically roots it at startup, meaning you don't have to worry about mucking around with your paritions to gain full control over your phone.

So if you're a Google engineer, a carrier tester or a visitor from around fourteen days in the future, then be sure to hit up the source link for further instructions.

Source: MoDaCo

There are 27 comments

richardpandy says:

I just want this phone already!

robertw0925 says:

Hell yeah... Can't wait!!!

Oskiee says:


j.bergthold says:

If I dont know this answer I probably shouldn't be worrying about it anyways, but why do you need to root a NEXUS phone?

Ronindan says:

Custom roms.

RCCola says:

If your current phone is also rooted, you'd also be able to transfer over all the data from the apps using Titanium Backup without having to start from scratch. Also Wifi tether.

dblaneyfan says:

Wish I could say that I have used this already, :(

ilhe1s says:

14 days from the future huh. Are you betting on the 17th as well?

simon.ponder says:

I think clarification should be made as to whether it is unlocking the bootloader(which is probably what it is doing, since it loads a new boot image), or applying superuser to the system. Rooting means different things to different folks.

Unlocking the bootloader allows an individual to flash a custom recovery and subsequently custom Roms. These custom Roms may or may not have super user installed. But then again the custom recovery can do this for you too.

SanGo says:

Unlocking the bootloader on a nexus requires no hackery, it's simply fastboot oem unlock. This is most likely adding root and super user files.

From source,
" Superboot is a boot.img that when booted, will root your device the first time you boot (installing su and the superuser APK)."

simon.ponder says:

That's what I was getting at, concerning the bootloader unlock statement. It boots a special image and installs superuser, and apparently not touching the recovery. Which means after rebooting the phone, it is the same os, except that it now has superuser privileges.

I had not read the source article when first replying.

B4SDR4G says:

Wait, this phone isn't even out yet, right?

smoothcrm7 says:

"Got your shiny new Samsung Galaxy Nexus yet? Nope, didn't think so."

eahinrichsen says:

MoDaCo devs actually *are* from 14 days in the future.

Cannot wait, I'll be dumping my Thunderbolt for this device.

dyinman says:

Still no word on a Sprint release date?

cowboys2000 says:

Nope. The pentaband phone does nto have Wimax/4G. It does have LTE and the 4G "flavors" offered by Verizon, ATT and TMobile.

Nope... Verizon will have for a little while before it goes to Sprint.

ibejack96 says:

lol considering its a nexus, i'm not surprised it got rooted that fast

dacp283 says:

I've never owned a nexus but I thought the whole point was that it already had superuser permissions open and an unlocked bootloader.

Nope... the whole point is that it has vanilla android as Google delivers it, Nexus phones are also privileged to faster updates.

dacp283 says:

Well I knew that much but seems silly to release a dev phone without all this already done since it has to be done for development on Roms and the like.

SanGo says:

The phone is privileged to an "open" boot loader, meaning that no real masterminding needs tho be done to unlock it. Being a "dev" phone does not institute that root be available out of box. App development, for example, does not generally require root access, but of course there are exceptions.

briankurtz79 says:

Anyone can buy this phone. My mom has the nexus s. If it had root access out of the box and she was looking for a file manager and stumbled on root explorer, then accidentally deleted or moved system files/apps. Whos fault would that be? Phones cannot have root access to the common end user. Its safer that way for all of us.

ilkhan says:

Waiting on the GSM version to hit in the States to stick on a $30/monthly4G plan on T-Mo from my Evo4G.

Cruiserdude says:

Just going out on a limb here, but I would imagine a Google engineer would already have been capable of gaining full control over their phone before this program. ;)

But yeah, great to see its already this easy, essentially one-click. Backing up, unlocking the bootloader, and flashing a pre-rooted ROM image scares alot of new users away.

Do you know how stupid this "news" is?
Do you also happen to know who Paul O'Brien is?
He is the guy who made visionary - the app that has 50% bricked OTA (1.22) G2 phones.
He never admitted the brick rate, never released the visionary source.
People were stuck with their bricked devices for months, until HTC leaked a gingerbread RUU that could reflash said bricks and bring them back to life.
Phil, please be careful what you allow to be posted on your site.