Easy rooting now available for Transformer Prime, Galaxy Nexus

Easy rooting now available for Transformer Prime, Galaxy Nexus
Brand-spanking-new devices go through something of a life cycle when it comes to super-user (i.e. root) access on their devices. The first methods are often difficult, fraught with the danger of bricking a device, or at the least they require a long series of instructions that must be followed precisely. Once that is achieved clever developers start to make scripts to automate the process, making root access available to a wider group of slightly-less-adventurous users. If an appropriate software vulnerability can be found, devices may eventually get one-click apps that provide root with almost no risk or difficulty.

Both the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the ASUS Transformer Prime have hit that second milestone today. And while they were developed by separate developers, they have quite a bit in common. Both arrive in a .zip filer that contains all of the necessary drivers and files ready to be unzipped to your computer. Both use scripts to greatly reduce the number of steps you have to undertake.

The Galaxy Nexus tool, developed by long time Android developer WugFresh, will both root and unlock the bootloader on a Verizon Galaxy Nexus with one-click ease. Warning: unlocking the bootloader will erase all of the data on your Galaxy Nexus! WugFresh has indicated that in the future he may expand the script to automatically backup and restore data between your phone and computer. The app currently only works on the Verizon LTE variant of the Galaxy Nexus, but will include the GSM version “soon”.

The Transformer Prime tool is names viperMOD, and only supplies root (you may recall something about ASUS locking and encrypting the bootloader in the news the previously…). Developer viperboy on the XDA-developers forums indicates that the tool is currently Windows-only, but a Linux version is in the works. Based on the previously reported NachoRoot process, viperMOD automates rooting and unrooting into a one command script.

Remember that rooting and unlocking bootloaders can void your warranty, so there is always some element of risk involved. But if you’re the semi-adventurous type, these tools may make the process too tempting to ignore. If that’s you, check out the source links for downloads and instructions.

Have fun and be safe with your toys!



source: Galaxy Nexus Forums via Droid-Life, XDA-developers via Engadget

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17 Comments

1. wakingup

Posts: 51; Member since: Aug 13, 2011

I feel bad. I think once you root your phone, youre gunna be tempted to do all sorts of thing. Thats when I soft-bricked my phone. Still didnt fix it after a month and still payin the bills. I need help...but then again, I doubt anyone with a Galaxy Nexus would be stupid enough to brick their phone (unless they are really into doing stuff to them)

4. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Hey man I am so sorry that happened to your Samsung Galaxy Nexus. I have my phone rooted & I have the latest Axiom Rom v2.3 on it with the under volted JDKernel & my phone is overclocked to 1.35GHz & I get about 14 hours of HEAVY, HEAVY usage. I can go one day & 14 hours on very minimal usage & all with 4G LTE ON. That ROM/Kernel combo is beast with battery life/performance. I am still messing around with my Samsung Galaxy Nexus, but my Asus Transformer Prime is going to get a whirl real soon! I really don't know how you soft-bricked it. There is some good stuff on RootzWiki.com that may help with your soft-brick issue. I would head there to see if you can find a remedy. Good luck & I hope this helps. & just in case, I also hope you have insurance on your GNex!

5. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Hey I just saw your profile. lol I thought you had a Samsung Galaxy Nexus. I am sorry I misunderstood you. Look on the web & see if you can find some help with your soft-bricked phone. Again I am sorry I read your post fast & thought you soft-bricked a GNex. Sorry man & good luck with your phone!

6. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Same. I'm running AXI0M 2.3 and can get a solid 12-13 hours on my standard battery and about 15-16 easy on the extended. At this point i'm at 65% after 7 hours... definitely can't complain. I brought it down to the 1.2GHz though I don't see any reason to overclock just yet, it's perfectly smooth. Are you using the kernel that came with 2.3 or did you flash something else? BTW Evo... welcome to Verizon :)

9. mctcm

Posts: 204; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

iamcc, is there a large risk of bricking with these tools? I rootedf/lashed the OG droid without problems as well as a recovery once via SBF. Just a little wary since there is so little development as of right now

10. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

I'm not sure where you're looking but there is TONS of development for the Nexus so far. From what I have read it is next to impossible to brick the Nexus unless you really do something stupid. I use mainlywww.rootzwiki.com or the XDA forums for my ROMS and I have used Android Revolution as well as AXI0M and would recommend AXI0M. By now they have a one click root for the Nexus I think but I did everything using adb from a computer and it only took about half an hour or so for me to unlock the bootloader, root it, and install a ROM.

11. mctcm

Posts: 204; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Thanks! I, admittedly, have been avoiding reading in-depth to avoid the temptation of wasting time tinkering. Didnt you have a RAZR before?

12. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

I had the Thunderbolt but I did buy a Bionic and return it... I like wasting time tinkering haha but to be honest if you put AXI0M on there it's pretty perfect just like that. I put a black/white theme on because with the screen on this thing it looks beautiful. The main reason I rooted was for free wifi tethering and also my battery life is substantially improved. One thing I want to warn you and anyone else about: Apparently if you root the Nexus and a VZW rep sees that it's rooted they will notate your account and your warranty will be void. I've been rooting phones since the D1 and have never had this problem but apparently Verizon is on the look out for them now. I've only heard of this happening once but wanted to throw it out there.

14. mctcm

Posts: 204; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Thanks for the heads up re: root. i will give that theme a try as well!

16. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Thanks iamcc! Wow I am so glad you told me that. I don't ever want to go to VZW & have a rep see that my phone is rooted. Question.... If the phone loses its warranty because of rooting, how does that affect the insurance that I am paying for on the phone?

15. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

iamcc thanks. Verizon Wireless is truly the best. Everywhere that Sprint didn't have service, not only do I have service with Verizon, I have 4G LTE as well. I am using Axiom v2.3 with JDKernel. After I flashed & booted the Axiom v2.3, I went back to ClockworkMod recovery & just flashed the JDKernel. I bought the SetCPU app so I can overclock & set the governors for my processor. I like that kernel because it's already undervolted so it uses less energy thus improving the battery life of the phone. I have it set to the interactive governor & the battery life is as I stated on previous post. Also not all processors are created equal, meaning that my processor may not work exactly like yours. You may get less battery life than me or you may get more. The numbers you are getting now are VERY solid so I can see you improving those numbers if you flash JDKernel. Hey go to RootzWiki.com & you will see lots of information about kernels for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. There is some really good stuff out there.

2. LewsTherin006

Posts: 140; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

Wow thats really awesome, plus it lets you unroot it. i cant wait till the GSM verison comes to the US, i really wish carriers (att, Tmobile) would get off their butts and get this phone to the USA. It help sales! if Verizon sold about 700,000 in under a month, i think the numbers will be around if not better with the GSM one.

3. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

When can we expect a review for the Transformer Prime?

7. beefsupreme

Posts: 32; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I just watched someone brick a Nexus a few days ago, they hadn't even had it for a week and decided to go screwing around with it.

8. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

How? From everything i've read it's almost impossible to brick the Nexus... EDIT: unless you just start deleting files or something retarded.

13. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

As above. Follow instructions well and you won't have problems. Don't mess around with things you don't know. With the internet it's so easy to read about something before you tinker with it.

17. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yeah to brick a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, he or she had to definitely go out of their way to accomplish that. The GNex is one of the easiest phones ever to root & install ROMS. I would be interested to see how this person achieved that.

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