The Galaxy Nexus has already been rooted and here is a tutorial on how to do it. We all knew this was coming, especially with Google making all their Nexus phones open for rooting.
The guys over at MoDaCo forums are behind it, mainly Paul O'brien was the guy behind it, the founder of MoDaCo forums.
The root method is so freakin' easy that it's practically stupid proof.
All you need is Superboot. It's a boot image that will root your device without having to mess with things like ADB or without having to overwrite the shipped ROM.
Note: This is done at your own risk. We are not liable for any damage to your device.
- Download Superboot - 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').
- Extract the Superboot zip file on your computer
- 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
- Plug your device into your computer
- 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'
- Congratulations, your Galaxy Nexus should be rooted!
Paul also notes: If you are using a retail Galaxy Nexus, you may need to unlock the bootloader first, using './fastboot-windows oem unlock' (or the appropriate version for your machine). Note that the OEM unlock sequence wipes your device.
US users may not have their hands on the Galaxy Nexus just yet, but people in the UK do so hopefully this will help.