Samsung Galaxy Nexus rooted, before it hits retail

We don't think we've seen this one before. Somehow, the team over at Modaco have managed to root the Galaxy Nexus before it even hits the market, with a version of Android that's not even available other than the SDK. This is nothing short of impressive.

The tool -- which is called SuperBoot -- is as simple as performing three steps:

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'

The post also points out that if it's on a "retail" device, you'll need to unlock the bootloader as well, but they've included tools for that, too.

It's impressive the speed in which the team has completed the work and it'll be nice for prospective buyers to know that they won't need to wait around until a few weeks after launch to use root applications (like... flashlight for example). The tool does not require flashing, messing with the data partition or overwriting the ROM. It's just a one click process.

The Galaxy Nexus is just around the corner and things are looking sweeter than ever before for the launch.

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I hope the phone comes out soon. I dont really care about the phone I just want the source code for Ice Cream Sandwich.

htcz said,
I hope the phone comes out soon. I dont really care about the phone I just want the source code for Ice Cream Sandwich.

Why do you want the source code? Are you a developer?

I still don't understand this whole rooting thing.

I rooted my desire in the hope to remove some pre-installed apps (like Teeter), but no... still there, the button is greyed out. I think the only thing rooting has enabled me to do is put apps on the SD card but when I get a 16Gb phone in the next few months, then I won't even need that anymore.

Therefore, to me, rooting is back to what it always has been... semi-useless.

Unless I can install and un-install what I want (extra samsung apps for instance), then surely there's no point in rooting?

Mr Spoon said,
I still don't understand this whole rooting thing.

I rooted my desire in the hope to remove some pre-installed apps (like Teeter), but no... still there, the button is greyed out. I think the only thing rooting has enabled me to do is put apps on the SD card but when I get a 16Gb phone in the next few months, then I won't even need that anymore.

Therefore, to me, rooting is back to what it always has been... semi-useless.

Unless I can install and un-install what I want (extra samsung apps for instance), then surely there's no point in rooting?

Your first problem is you don't understand and you did it anyway. READ, READ, READ before you root. You are harming yourself more than you realize sometimes.

Mr Spoon said,
I still don't understand this whole rooting thing.

I rooted my desire in the hope to remove some pre-installed apps (like Teeter), but no... still there, the button is greyed out. I think the only thing rooting has enabled me to do is put apps on the SD card but when I get a 16Gb phone in the next few months, then I won't even need that anymore.

Therefore, to me, rooting is back to what it always has been... semi-useless.

Unless I can install and un-install what I want (extra samsung apps for instance), then surely there's no point in rooting?


Why did you root if you have no idea what you did?

You can't uninstall Teeter but you can remove it. Big difference.

htcz said,

Why did you root if you have no idea what you did?

You can't uninstall Teeter but you can remove it. Big difference.

Actually you can uninstall it by using Titanium Backup. You can uninstall anything using Titanium. Just a helpful tip.

WP7 said,
I'd take the Nokia Lumia 800 over this any day

Haha. Enjoy your low res small screen, slow single core cpu, and 512mb of ram then

Joey S said,

Haha. Enjoy your low res small screen, slow single core cpu, and 512mb of ram then

Oh here we go again with single core CPU and 512 mb RAM.
Dude, stop it.
If Android needs 1.5 GHz dual core CPU to barely run, doesn't mean every other OS is the same.

WP7 said,
I'd take the Nokia Lumia 800 over this any day

I like the Lumia design, but will look for an HD Display for my next phone.

I'm pretty sure that nobody will be able to return to low (800x480) resolutions after working for some days on a HD Display.

Pepeda said,

I like the Lumia design, but will look for an HD Display for my next phone.

I'm pretty sure that nobody will be able to return to low (800x480) resolutions after working for some days on a HD Display.

Wait for Apollo.

Muhammad Farrukh said,

Oh here we go again with single core CPU and 512 mb RAM.
Dude, stop it.
If Android needs 1.5 GHz dual core CPU to barely run, doesn't mean every other OS is the same.

How about gaming. You can't tell me no game wouldn't need Dual Core to perform better? So here we go again, a fan boy who is a little hurt.

Muhammad Farrukh said,

Wait for Apollo.


People have said wait for Mango

Wait for Nokia

Wait for Apollo.

How about we wait for the second coming when the crappy Windows Phone can finally be judged as a poor selling Mobile OS?

UndergroundWire said,

How about gaming. You can't tell me no game wouldn't need Dual Core to perform better? So here we go again, a fan boy who is a little hurt.

Give me proof of one game that is not running well currently on WP and I'll agree with you.

UndergroundWire said,

People have said wait for Mango

Wait for Nokia

Wait for Apollo.

How about we wait for the second coming when the crappy Windows Phone can finally be judged as a poor selling Mobile OS?

Do you even know what he and I were talking about?
What is the age of WP again?
One year.
Compare it to Android when it was 1 year old and, if you are not a fanboy, you'll see the difference

WP7 said,
I'd take the Nokia Lumia 800 over this any day

I didnt know you can jailbreak or/and root WP7.......

oh wait you can't.

Joey S said,

Haha. Enjoy your low res small screen, slow single core cpu, and 512mb of ram then

I will thanks, just like I enjoy my Omnia 7 :-)

Majesticmerc said,

Troll

Are you a troll?? I'd never have guessed until you commented on my post with such a well thought out reply :-)

Muhammad Farrukh said,

Do you even know what a troll is?

My guess is that yes he does...most likely he is reminded every time he looks at himself in the mirror :-p

UndergroundWire said,

People have said wait for Mango

Wait for Nokia

Wait for Apollo.

How about we wait for the second coming when the crappy Windows Phone can finally be judged as a poor selling Mobile OS?


lol

Pepeda said,

I like the Lumia design, but will look for an HD Display for my next phone.

I'm pretty sure that nobody will be able to return to low (800x480) resolutions after working for some days on a HD Display.

I gues if I had experienced similar them I'd feel the same about an HD diplay, though as I am still in contract till December 2012 with my Omnia 7, I will experience that then :-)

UndergroundWire said,

How about gaming. You can't tell me no game wouldn't need Dual Core to perform better? So here we go again, a fan boy who is a little hurt.

It is obvious that any technological advancement will make user experience better, although I cant help but feel (as an ex-android fanboy) that WP7.5 phones make better use of the hardware compared with the like-for like HW spec in Android...Certainly from a UX perspective, I have found much more enjoyment using my Omnia 7 than all the previous Android handsets I've used...

The whole "Android has dual core & more RAM argument a bit of a distraction to try blind people with a "this HW spec is better than WP7 so the whole UX of Android is better".... WP7 does offer AT least as good a experience as the very best Android Handsets...this cannot be questioned really.

htcz said,

I didnt know you can jailbreak or/and root WP7.......

oh wait you can't.

Its not needed... yes, in a very small way you get freedom of choice...but remember WP7 is fully optimised in the first place...no one would need to install an alternative version of the WP7.5 OS as it is fast, not buggy, smooth and feature rich as it is.

Muhammad Farrukh said,

Give me proof of one game that is not running well currently on WP and I'll agree with you.


WP is not in the equation. WP right now is not the first thing people think about when it comes to mobile gaming. Were talking about the bigger platforms here. Just look at what Apple demoed with their new dual core processor.

Muhammad Farrukh said,

Do you even know what he and I were talking about?
What is the age of WP again?
One year.
Compare it to Android when it was 1 year old and, if you are not a fanboy, you'll see the difference

Yeah what I do know is that Android launched with 1 phone. For about 9 months the G1 aka HTC Magic carried the weight of the entire Mobile OS. WP7 is at its 7th version. PLEASE argue that one.

WP7 said,

It is obvious that any technological advancement will make user experience better, although I cant help but feel (as an ex-android fanboy) that WP7.5 phones make better use of the hardware compared with the like-for like HW spec in Android...Certainly from a UX perspective, I have found much more enjoyment using my Omnia 7 than all the previous Android handsets I've used...

The whole "Android has dual core & more RAM argument a bit of a distraction to try blind people with a "this HW spec is better than WP7 so the whole UX of Android is better".... WP7 does offer AT least as good a experience as the very best Android Handsets...this cannot be questioned really.

UX aside, I am not talking about that because that is all user preference. I happen to love my UX on my Android phone. I can't get pas the ugly UI that Windows Phone has to see how smooth the OS is.

I am talking about a specif use case for dual core phones. It has nothing to do with the OS but running a high-end mobile game. You can't tell me what Apple has now that has been demoed for their dual-core iPhone 4S will run just as smooth on a single core Android phone or Windows phone.

UndergroundWire said,

Yeah what I do know is that Android launched with 1 phone. For about 9 months the G1 aka HTC Magic carried the weight of the entire Mobile OS. WP7 is at its 7th version. PLEASE argue that one.


FAIL.
WP7 is a version one product. It only uses the same kernel as WM6.X. The shell and entire app model is brand new. By going with your logic Android would have been at version 2.6.24 at launch.)

floopydoodle said,

FAIL.
WP7 is a version one product. It only uses the same kernel as WM6.X. The shell and entire app model is brand new. By going with your logic Android would have been at version 2.6.24 at launch.)

You sir don't know anything. Windows Phone existed before, it was called Windows Mobile. PLEASE LEARN SOMETHING.

Windows Mobile / Windows Phone 7 numbers are always lumped together. Do you know how pathetic Windows Phone numbers would be if it was separated? That is not a version 1 phone. You are however a number 1 *****.

YOU FAIL AT LIFE!

I had big hopes with Nexus but it quite disappointed me: compared to SGS2 it generally offers not much more. One thing you could be attracted by is the display but as we know it uses PenTile/inferior technology than SGS2 to trick users into thinking it really has soo much subpixels. And the display was to be its biggest selling point but unfortunatelly it isn't. As for the OS: SGS2 and other smarthphones will also get ICS.
I think Samsung is deliberately not letting all the latest technology into another manufacturers' smartphones and is keeping it to itself.

Flippinwindows said,
Samsung Nexus 2 Skyrocket is coming out. So this one is obsolete.

Samsung Galaxy S2 HD will be released soon (it was announced in September) and it has better specs than the Nexus (better CPU, both front & back cameras are better, microSD slot, lighter, better battery hours) ... the only bad thing is that it will be released with Gingerbread ... but the ICS will be on it soon, I believe that in January will be the official support from Samsung.

here is the comparison from GSMArena:
http://www.gsmarena.com/compar...one1=4198&idPhone2=4219

Oh come on this is bull****. Nothing short of impressive? It takes one fastboot command to replace the bootloader on Nexus phones, rooting them is hardly impressive. Hell, they're almost made to be rooted.

Ambroos said,
Oh come on this is bull****. Nothing short of impressive? It takes one fastboot command to replace the bootloader on Nexus phones, rooting them is hardly impressive. Hell, they're almost made to be rooted.

Yep, only takes a couple commands to unlock the bootloader and then root... Not really impressive for GEDs but whatever

This also happened with the Nexus One courtesy of Modaco as well. Paul always seems to get handsets before the general public and works some serious magic with them beyond rooting. Unlike most other handsets Google Dev Phones are extremely open and the work for devs like this to root them is minimal in comparison. The SGS2 also has an unlocked bootloader and was rooted in mere days as a result

Brian said,
I never realized you needed to root G-Phones. I just figured the google brand ones came rooted.

The bootloader is unlocked. But to be able to modify system files on the fly without having to flash, you need to root the device to gain root access.

And this is just basic security for any OS. You don't give root access by default.
After that you can get ClockWorkMod Recovery to replace the default recovery mode.

Brian said,
I never realized you needed to root G-Phones. I just figured the google brand ones came rooted.

The funny thing is, this tool is meant for people who have no clue. All Nexus phones come unlocked. They don't come rooted. If you're smart enough to get adb/fastboot working, you can pull the phone out of the box, boot to fastboot, type in “fastboot oem unlock”, push superuser, and viola your phone is now rooted. This just does all of that for average Joe.