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Galaxy Nexus Receives Root, No Need to Act Surprised

Yes, the Galaxy Nexus has been rooted. It’s a Nexus, folks. Rooting it should take less than 5 minutes, and that includes the time involved to unlock the bootloader. You don’t need fancy apps, zip files or anything else and can do it through a couple of simple commands. For those not interested in learning a couple of adb and fastboot commands though, then the folks at Modaco have you covered with their Superboot package. It’s essentially a 1-click root that does all of the dirty work.

Via:  Modaco

  • Anonymous

    I expect it so! Come out with the darn phone already!

  • Anonymous

    guvgou

  • RW-1

    Let’s see. Samsung makes the nexus, Says unlocked bootloader, VZ says …(we don’t know what they said), Samsung says unlocked, phone still ON VZ.

    Moto, you have NO excuse and Jha has no balls as to their sorry excuse of “Verizon stated to lock it down” …

    End of rant.

    • DBK

      The Nexus bootloader IS locked. It will come locked but be unlockable. Moto just takes it a step further for some reason.

  • Anonymous

    I heard today that the nexus failed testing so it won’t be here till almost christmas at best. Hate to be the bearer of bad news…

    • Dominick DeVito

      Failed at what exactly?

      • Anonymous

        Some sort of test. I assume with Verizon. I heard it during an interview.

        • Dominick DeVito

          Proof – link, etc.

          • Anonymous

             Did you not read what I said? I said I heard it during an interview. I can’t link you to something I heard.

  • PJ

    Wireless tether for root at 4g speeds here I come!

  • jbonics

    I want the facial recognition root method. Rooted no hands.

  • Jothen2002

    Being a Bionic owner ( presently running Liberty and loving it) I am debating about buying the Nexus and selling the Bionic.My question to the community is when does ICS become available to developer community ??? Immediately someone gets there hands on a system dump??? Does Google only there software go out with devices?? and I am curious as to what devices will support ICS ..can I expect to see ICS ROMS from developers for the bionic???

    •  Depends on when Google releases the source code.  I don’t think they’ve released the source code for Honeycomb yet, so who knows.

    • It also depends on the DEV community as which phones get a lot of attention. But a Nexus will always be on the top of the DEV community.

  • This is why I can not wait for this phone to be released with VZW.

  • Nick Gatto

    for me, it’s absolutely necessary to have root so i can use titanium backup. It’s saved my ass plenty of times. While ICS will be pretty baller, who’s to say CM or some other ROM won’t improve on it?

  • First thing I hope is done: put the fu¢king search button back in the bottom right.
    ICS looks excellent, but why would they move that search button? They’re a God damn search company. I use that search button ~50 times per day. Now there is different placement through the os for the search button, and one place to click for typing, and another button for voice. How does this play into the whole simplified/unified approach?
    Anyways, first rom: stock ICS with the search button back!

    • Sporty

      Seriously: language. Over moving a search button?? …. … ..  .

  • Lynahred

    How do you root a phone that hasn’t been re somewhere?leased. Was it released somewhere?

  • hatethanet

    Nice! No Android phone is complete without root imo!!

  • Anonymous

    Kool looking boot menu android icon

  • Lmrojas

    Everyone saying you don’t need root on a nexus is stupid, wait til the devs get a hold of the ICS source code.

    • DBK

      To be honest, you don’t really need to. The Nexus is damn near perfect as is (ICS is amazing, so you don’t need to ROM (theme), phone is fast so you don’t need to overclock, OS gets updated regularly so you don’t need to install kernels). But if you want to use it to it’s fullest and beyond, then you would have to root.

      • Nick Gatto

        Installing a rom doesn’t just apply a theme. Look at all the roms that ran on the OG and that was vanilla android. I’m not saying the ICS won’t be great, but to think that no dev will be able to improve on a great foundation is crazy. 

        Besides, some people may want a different color theme. What works for you doesn’t necessarily work for everyone 

        • DBK

          See above reply. I worded that wrong. And I never said that devs won’t be able to improve upon it (I’m sure they’ll be able to). I just meant that it won’t be as necessary (because of how polished ICS is and how fast this phone will be) on this phone as it would be on others.

      •  When did you get hands on time with the Nexus again?  There are many many reasons to root, not just to OC and theme.

        • DBK

          I should have worded that better. I meant ROM andor theme. And I am sure that there will be reasons to root. All I am saying is that it is not as necessary on this phone as it would be for others.

        • Sporty

          No one HAS the Nexus yet, so how would one know ‘it’s darned near perfect’?? ….interesting….

  • bigrob60

    And I thought it came rooted. 

  • I’m in.

  • Greg Buxton

    I’m more amused that the picture of the rooted GN seems to have been taken with an iPhone. =/

  • Stephen

    ….unlock the bootloader?

    • kurttrail

      fastboot oem unlock

  • Anonymous

    not as advanced as you guys. and never had Nexus before. just curious, when you root this bad boy do we have to worry about not getting the updates (like all my stupid HTC phones)?

    or “no” that doesn’t matter with a Nex

  • FortitudineVincimus

    I love root, and will root, but I see it less valuable than ever on this phone given it won’t need a faster kernel, comes with screenshot abilities, has the new ICS so no desire for a theme or ROM, etc.

    • Colin Zack

      this. rooting it won’t be nearly as necessary as on my droid x

    • Anonymous

      Agree I usually only root once the phone stops being supported to get the latest updates and what not.

      • Lynahred

        Wireless tethering!!!!!! ROOT!

    • Anonymous

      Just curious, what about overclocking the kernel, that’s always been a performance enhancer. and I am sure the devs will have multiple kernel packs for low, med and high voltage. 

      • Guest

        you have fun overclocking your phone, and shortening the life of the hardware while you’re at it

        enjoy.

        • DBK

          As long as you lower the voltage proportionately, it should work fine.

        • Anonymous

          Actually my OG has been overclocked since 2009 and no sign of wear yet.

          • Guest

            and you would know how to determine wear on a piece of silicon, how?

          • Anonymous

            C’mon, my OG has been running great for the past 2years overclocked and runningrom with no slow down. If it was acting up, I think I would know.

          • Evan

            people get too worried about degrading their hardware from overclocking. Mostly, these are people would are weary about OC’ing their PC’s because of how well known it is that OC’ing damages your hardware, however you have to consider that most people keep their performance PC’s much longer than they keep their phones. OC’ing by .4 or so gh’s isn’t going to damage your hardware noticeably, unless you plan on keeping it for 3+ years

          • Anonymous

            Thanks, good point. 🙂

          • Nick Gatto

             1bad’s point is that his droid is still running strong after 3 years of being overclocked.

            Now will his OG droid live for 4-5 years? Who knows, but at that point most users are on to their next phone. Now while you don’t explicitly state it, your “tone” implies that overclocking will render the phone useless in a short period of time 

          • Kevin Parlee

            So when are you going to educate us “oh mighty guest”?

          • Guest

            he just trolling!  don’t feed the troll.  like you have been rooted since they first rooted the OG and my phone still runs fine.

          • Lumpysherman

            Same here, only to 800Mhz. I find with my kernal anything over that I don’t notice any improvement in performance but an increase in battery usage.

          • Anonymous

            IT all about what your device can handle and still have great performance 🙂

        • You’re an ignorant shit spewer.  There are hundreds and hundreds of us OG owners that have been overclocked for multiple years now without a single issue.  Please just go away.

        • Al Heasley

          i do believe the omap 4460 is underclocked to 1.2 now from the factory clock of 1.5ghz soooooo what now mr. smarty pants….

  • Holla!

  • RedOne1

    Mascot cruelty much?

  • DBK

    “Rooting it should take less than 5 minutes, and that includes the time involved TO UNLOCK THE BOOTLOADER.”

    Guess that means the thing is locked after all. It won’t be encrypted like Motos (although the Razr may not be either) but it is still locked. Not surprised. It probably means that it will also have some sort of bloatware installed (I know it’s a Nexus, but Verizon will find a way).

    • Guest

      you don’t know what you’re talking about.

    • Guest

      you don’t know what you’re talking about

      • DBK

        Considering that I have been following this site and all things smartphone since the OG Droid, and that I am an avid rooter/ROMer, AND that I have even helped (to a degree) in ROM development, I do indeed know what I’m talking about. Kthxbai.

        • kurttrail

          Do you?

          It seems to me that you are confusing a bootloader that was made to be easily unlocked by devs, with those that need some sort hack to be unlocked, and based on your confusion you’ve made the giant leap that VZW will load the gnex with bloatware.

          • DBK

            If you bothered to read my other reply, you would realize how wrong you are. I know the difference between the two and know that this bootloader is the former. I just meant that since Verizon got their way  with the bootloader (releasing locked and removing the method to unlock in europe) that they might have found a way to also put SOME bloatware (never said that they would load it up) on it. If you think they won’t find a way to get My Verizon, Mobile HotSpot, and VZ Navigator (at the least) onto it, then you are naive my friend.

    • WindedBison

      the bootloader is unlockable just like the xoom, they wouldn’t have it unlocked straight out of the box VZW would crap themselves. as you can see though if you have any type of rooting experience the process will be extremely simple and easy

      • DBK

        I know. It’s just that I saw so many posts by people swearing on their own lives that it would be released unlocked. It’s just nice to know that they can shut up now.  🙂

        I root and ROM all the time, so I know how easy it is. Looking forward to playing with this phone.

  • Anonymous
    • DBK

      Lol I was wondering when someone would come up with this.  😛

  • yes but will it be re-lockable like the nexus s and unlike the nexus one???

  • Jadam6118

    I loled when I read the post.

  • kianjudah

    Even though I completely, utterly expected it, I’m still very excited about it! 

  • DroidzFX

    edit

  • I like the android graphic.

  • Anonymous

    Nice!

    But when will we be able to actually pre-order the phone? Damn, I want this phone more than I’ve ever wanted anything in the history of the universe.

    Okay, that’s a bit drastic…more than I’ve ever wanted any phone before. There.

    • Anonymous

      No, you were right the first time. “More than anything in history”

      You took the words right out of my mouth

    • Lumpysherman

      I’ll have my wife ask Siri! LOL

  • Chris H

    Well now all we need is the damn device #smh Verizon

  • Anonymous

    Umm this is news? Rooting it is almost as easy as turning it on…

  • All Androids should be so simple!

  • “The superboot image is also ‘insecure’, allowing you to use ‘adb remount’ as well as having full ADB root access to your device until such time as you reboot after running this process (it’s a non permanent ADB root as it’s a ‘fastboot boot’ and not a ‘fastboot flash’).”

    Does this mean we won’t have permanent root (at least not right away)?

    • Tyrian

      thats permanent root of the adb shell. You will have perm root and superuser.

  • Anonymous

    Got to love open devices. The Epitome of Android.

  • DikaiaKnight

    If rooter will the Nexus still get Google’s OTAs?

    • John

      of course

  • Jerry

    Cool

  • Ken

    Nice

  • Anonymous

    Amazing :p

    • Anonymous

      Hey…

      • Anonymous

        lol, that was for you

  • Anonymous

    I want the phone right meow

    • Anonymous

      lol

    • davetheAndroid

      did you just say meow to me boy?

      • I think he purrred for you too..

        • Anonymous

          meow

          • C A Loper01

            Chicken FUKR!

      • come on meow!

      • babadush

        Am I jumping all nimbly from tree to tree? Am I drinking milk from a saucer?

        • John

          It’s  nimbly bimbly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Super Trooper fan my ass.

          • babadush

            Haha I knew I was forgetting something. When I watch it I’m usually…oh wait.

          • John

            Touche

        • Anonymous

          you see me eatin’ mice?!

          • Anonymous

            @screenname lol……Farva just order a large

      • Anonymous

        Do I look like a cat to you, boy? Am I jumpin’ around all nimbly bimbly from tree to tree?

    • DroidzFX

      Go to google and type: do a barrel roll

      make sure not to use IE

      A NEXUS will pop up

      • Anonymous

        Just did it…and no NEXUS popped up…a lousy iPhone 4S did though. 🙁 I feel jipped.

      • Anonymous

        Nice trick 🙂

      • DroidzFX

        You can also google tilt and then try askew

    • bigrob60

      Your missing a few meows there. This should help fill the rest in: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QH2-TGUlwu4

    • OG Droid

      God thats a great movie

  • maybach music ambition

    This is going to be the best Thanksgiving ever!

    • John

      …only if youget one before they sell out

  • Dieringer

    First

  • gorexinfx

    Woohoo

  • westside story, bro

  • Corey Morreale

    now we just need the device

  • Ben Murphy

    Thank you VZW, I’ll continue to pay my bill. 🙂

  • Kris Brandt

    I think I’ll relive the first time I rooted my OG Droid and do it the hard way…

    • FortitudineVincimus

      man, that was such a PITA and I did it for about 5 people besides myself.

    • Jam120992

      Haha good times. I had to write out the commands like 5 times before I got it to work lol

  • Corey Morreale

    sweet

  • yay no bloat now!

    • GotSka81

      Don’t worry, there won’t be a need…no bloat on a nexus =)

  • I am sooooo surprised /sarcasm

  • Anonymous

    now if only I had the phone to try this… what I’d give to get my hands on it right now…

    • Anonymous

      Would you kill a guy?

      • You lookin’ for a hitman? The internet is a great place to find one they say…

    • Billy Jenkins

      Would you kill every last employee and employer of Google to get your hands on this phone? ut by doing so will also be the end of google and all future updates to your phone. is that what you want?

      • Anonymous

        i wasn’t actually considering murdering google employees…

    • Tyrian

      Would you give up the Sony tablet?

  • yayaya, is the phone out yet??

  • Good, now I will be able to remove all of the bloatware when I get mine.  🙂

    • Anonymous

      I wouldnt be surprised if Verizon finds a way to slip some on… dbags

      • Guest

        you’re an idiot

        • Derek Stiles

          Sarcasm guys, sarcasm.

          • Anonymous

            lol thank you haha

          • Angryunibrow

            Sorry I must have missed the /s because we all know its so easy to pick up sarcasm through the internet when reading someones text. 😐

    • Angryunibrow

      What bloatware? Its vanilla android. Are you not familiar with what a Nexus is all about??

      • Holy shit, it was sarcasm.  I added a smiley at the end.  Do I specifically have to give a disclaimer every time I post something sarcastic?  Are you not familiar with what sarcasm is all about?

    • There’s not going to be bloatware (unless, I guess, you count things like Google Books, which I really have no interest in having on my phone).