Nov 21 AT 6:30 PM Dustin Earley 22 Comments

Galaxy Nexus news roundup: Permanent root, USB mass storage and more


The Galaxy Nexus has been a busy handset this past day, making the rounds in several different areas. Not only has the device received the permanent root treatment, but there’s a nasty volume bug plaguing handsets, along with some confusion on USB mass storage and exactly how big the internal storage will be in the Verizon Nexus.

Over at MoDaCo, a popular website for smartphone hacks and mods, Paul O’Brien has posted a relatively easy method for achieving permanent root on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. It only involves a couple steps, and there are methods available for Windows, Mac and Linux based computers. Only you are responsible for anything that happens to your phone during the rooting process, so if you’d like to proceed with caution, you can find all the necessary files as well as any updates on the method in the forum thread here. [1]

In other Nexus related news, users of the Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ version available in the UK are reporting problems with the volume control on their devices. Apparently, the European 900 MHz 2G frequency is causing the Nexus’ volume switch to sporadically turn itself up and down. The bug seems to present itself whenever the Nexus is exposed to the 900 MHz frequency, like when going into a 2G only signal area. It can even be triggered when a different phone on 2G is placed near the Nexus. You can see it for yourself in the video below. No one is quite sure what to make of the volume bug yet as information continues to develop. We’ll be sure to keep an eye on this one. [2]

Future Verizon Nexus owners have something good to look forward to today. There’s been some confusion lately as to how much internal storage the Verizon version of the Galaxy Nexus will have. Early reports pointed towards the Verizon Nexus only shipping with 16GB of internal storage. But according to a leaked document from DroidLife, that may not be true. The document compares several different Verizon LTE handsets with AT&T LTE handsets, and the Nexus is listed as having 32GB of storage. We won’t really know what’s going on until Verizon finally decides to release the Nexus, but this should make anyone waiting for the 32GB Nexus happy. [3]

Unfortunately, not all Nexus storage news today is good. It has been confirmed that the Galaxy Nexus will not support USB mass storage. Dan Morril has taken to Reddit to share the reasons why, but to sum it up, the internal storage in the Galaxy Nexus is not partitioned, like the Nexus S. The storage on the Galaxy Nexus is “unified,” so you’ll have to get used to using MTP. Which might spell trouble for some Mac and Linux users. For an in-depth explanation on how storage on the Galaxy Nexus will work, check out this thread on Reddit. [4]

Last but not least in today’s Galaxy Nexus news roundup is a short story about one of Apple’s cofounders, Steve Wozniak, and his journey to finally getting a Nexus of his own. A short time ago, Woz mentioned something on Twitter about looking to find a Galaxy Nexus here in the US, saying he was searching at Best Buy, but that “it’s probably not here yet.” Well being one of the most popular men in the tech industry has its perks, because over the weekend, Woz was spotted at Google headquarters smiling for the cameras, showing off his Galaxy Nexus and brand new Ice Cream Sandwich themed shirt. We can’t all be as lucky as Woz, but hopefully he enjoys the latest and greatest that Android has to offer. [5]

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • Josh McAllister

    They REALLY need to bring this bad boy to Sprint!!! NEEOOWWW!

  • oscillik

    Android and Me, late to the party again….why is it that various other sites including Engadget and CNET have reported the volume issue almost an entire day before Android and Me? Think I’m going to ditch this place as a news source, since you can’t stay current or get the information correct (or at the very least, you have failed to mention that this is undeniably a hardware related issue).

    • Kye

      First of all, brilliant community. Second, this site always provides little nuggets of news that are exclusive. Thirdly, the news they do present isnt just rehashed blogsphere crap. They develop on things and write with much more thought and depth. If you dont like it. Stay at engadget.

      Dont waste your time here moaning. Weve got better things to read than that.

      • Kye

        Oh and forgot to mention also. Its the best damned design mobile tech site around. Awesome job guys!

        • Inquizitor

          Not that A&M isn’t beautiful (it truly is) but I think that title belongs to The Verge. That site truly captures the magazine-feel that most sites aspire to. Droid-Life’s new design is pretty nice too. Again, A&M is still great!

      • AngryDragon

        Fuck off you elitist prick.

    • LukeT32

      This is a Blog site… not a million dollar nes website such as Engadget or CNET….

      Not like your life has changed because you were un-aware of an issue on a phone you can’t even get in the US yet.

      • LukeT32


      • oscillik

        I’m actually in the UK and have been affected by this bug on 2 handsets now. So well done for assuming that I am in the US and that this isn’t affecting me at all. no matter though, i shall not be giving this site any click traffic anymore. tired of getting second hand and second rate reporting here.

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  • CJ LaFleur

    Score one for windows 7 users!

  • Dev1359

    I’m only posting this because it seems you guys haven’t done a story on it yet, but someone over at XDA has managed to create an Ice Cream Sandwich ROM for the Nexus S that is running very stable:

    I just flashed it on my phone and it’s downright jaw droppingly GORGEOUS. Google did incredible work with this update.

  • Nathan

    Can they drop the phone already like dam. We waited long enough, and also the only thing that bugs me is that guy from apple got one in the USA before anyone else, that lucky bastard.

  • Nathan Dube

    Getting mine this weekend..!! :D

    • Nathan Dube

      What idiot gave me a negative comment bc i got my phone early…ass wipe

  • jivemaster

    Although it sucks, I’d be more inclined to believe the storage quoted on the official Galaxy Nexus site that was *revised down* to 16GB over a leaked document to Droid Life.

  • mikeyDroid

    Weird, I still don’t OWN IT YET.

  • Dr.Carpy

    I love engadget and cnet. I love the Apple cheerleaders they employ that run negative android stories, but then do everything “explain away” Apple missteps. I truly didn’t think anyone who could read still considered either cnet or engadget relevant. Thanks Android and Me staffers! You’ve design a great website, but and even better community!

  • KatSelezneva

    I hope very much the Galaxy Nexus will be released soon. While there are so many rumors around it, mobile developers do their work. The Android 4.0. source code has been already released, and in a couple of weeks every single phone’ll run on ICS. So, Galaxy Nexus is going to be the last one :) A dessert for developers: Some Ice Cream Sandwich, please!

  • KatSelezneva

    And yeah, I love Android and Me, too! Thank you for this wonderful website!

  • jd

    I guess I’ll stay away from this phone and wait for the next Nexus… Volume button bug… I laughed out loud and hard when iPhone4 had that antenna problem and now this… Am I the only one happy that one of the big boss from Apple is picking up a Nexus? I guess Steve forbade everyone to use any Android..

  • Samar