Samsung Galaxy Nexus running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has been rooted when you can only pre-order it from UK. It’s a fast world after all and developers have been racing before time so that you can fully enjoy the privileges of having total command over your new phone.
The best part about the rooting process is its simplicity. Rooting is accomplished using the superboot install package without the need to mess with ADB or modify any system files or folders manually or create any partitions. The process does not attempt to overwrite anything and your factory ROM settings are kept intact. During the process your phone will boot using a boot image that would handle all modifications.
You must backup all the user data present in your phone since chances of data loss or corruption are there. Having a backup can help you replace the lost data if any damage occurs. Follow the link posted below to backup and restore all your data easily.
Steps To Root Galaxy Nexus:
Step-1: Download Superboot install package and extract the .zip file to a directory using 7-zip software. It is best if you place the unzipped file directory on your desktop to avail easy access.
Step-2: Turn off your Galaxy Nexus then power it back on by holding the Volume Up + Volume Down keys simultaneously. Galaxy Nexus will now enter into ‘bootloader mode’ as shown below.
Connect your device to the computer via USB Cable and double-click on install-superboot-windows.bat file.
Open the terminal window and execute the following codes from directory location:
chmod +x install-superboot-mac.sh
Open the terminal window from the directory containing the unzipped files and typ the following:
Chmod +x install-superboot-linux.sh
In case you are using a retail version of the device, you are required to unlock the bootloader which can be done by the following command:
./fastboot-windows oem unlock
By performing the above steps correctly, you will have total root access over your Galaxy Nexus along with the Superuser app installed on your device. You are now ready to install apps or tweaks that have otherwise been banned by Google to be executed on the Galaxy Nexus.