If you’re dying to get your hands on a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and plan to start tinkering with it the second you turn it on, this is probably for you. One of the things that makes Android different from other mobile operating systems is that you can choose to use it as the manufacturer of your phone (and/or your carrier) intended, or you can gain root access and customize everything about it – throw in a custom ROM, change the boot animation, anything your heart desires.
For those in the latter camp, which we like to call the tinkerers, we have some good news. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus has already been rooted. Yes, before it even went on sale. That was fast, but it was also to be expected, since this is a Nexus device. Both its predecessors have been notoriously easy to root, and that was by design.
The even better news is that this rooting method (using something called Superboot) is very easy to use. You won’t need to flash any partitions, mess with ADB, do stuff to your data partition, or alter the stock ROM in any way. You just boot the image, it auto-roots upon first run, and that’s it.
Full instructions are available here at MoDaCo. Make sure you know them by heart before the Galaxy Nexus arrives at your doorstep!