OK, so you’ve got yourself a new Samsung Galaxy Nexus (or you’re like most of us and you haven’t yet, so consider this news for the future), and you’re looking to get started playing with the phone, tweaking its settings, and really making it your own. For many Android tinkerers, that means getting root. On the Galaxy Nexus, that’s going to be a snap, thanks to a quick-and-easy process for achieving a permanent root on your phone.
Luckily for anyone who’d rather not ruin their new phone, this method of obtaining root is simple to follow and nearly painless. Once you download these Superboot files, and properly extract them, you’ll want to put your phone in bootloader mode. The installation script then runs fastboot to transfer a temporary boot image over to your phone, which then installs su and the superuser APK when it runs. Since you’re not flashing this image to your phone, it’s gone after a reset, but the root will remain.
This is the second revision of this Superboot tool, with support for the retail version of the Galaxy Nexus. Installation scripts are available for Windows, Linux, and Mac platforms.