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These are instructions for how to flash / install Ubuntu Touch on a Galaxy Nexus GSM from Mac OS X.

If you brick your Galaxy Nexus by following these instructions, its your fault. Don’t do this if you are a noob or never installed a custom ROM. Consider yourself warned.

Pre-requisite: Unlock your phone. Google it.

  • Download the following files from http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-touch-preview/quantal/mwc-demo: quantal-preinstalled-phablet-armhf.zip, quantal-preinstalled-recovery-armel+maguro.img, and quantal-preinstalled-armel+maguro.zip.
  • Download the Android SDK
  • Unzip the SDK.
  • Open up Terminal.
  • cd into adt-bundle-mac-x86_64/sdk/platform-tools
  • (Optional: move the above downloaded files into the platform-tools directory or just specify the location of the files below)
  • Turn off the phone.
  • Boot into bootloader (as in press down both Volume up/down and power for a couple seconds).
  • Back in the Terminal, type:
./fastboot flash recovery quantal-preinstalled-recovery-armel+maguro.img

Looks like this installs a version of ClockworkMod Recovery.

  • Reboot back into the bootloader by clicking on Volume Up or Down till you see ‘Restart bootloader’ and clicking on Power.
  • Go into Recovery Mode by clicking the Volume Up/Down button a couple of times till you see Recovery Mode. Then click the Power button.
  • Back in the Terminal:
./adb push quantal-preinstalled-phablet-armhf.zip /sdcard/0/Download/quantal-preinstalled-phablet-armhf.zip

And then:

./adb push quantal-preinstalled-armel+maguro.zip /sdcard/0/Download/quantal-preinstalled-armel+maguro.zip

The sdcard is referring to the internal storage, not a separate SD card (which the Galaxy Nexus doesn’t support anyway).

  • Select ‘install zip from sdcard’ (use Volume keys to scroll and Power to select)
  • Select ‘choose file from sdcard’
  • Go into /sdcard/0/Download.
  • Select quantal-preinstalled-phablet-armhf.zip.
  • Scroll to ‘Yes – Install…’ and select it. The zip will get installed.
  • Select ‘choose file from sdcard’
  • Go into /sdcard/0/Download.
  • Select quantal-preinstalled-armel+maguro.zip.
  • Scroll to ‘Yes – Install…’ and select it. The zip will get installed.
  • Select ‘+++++Go Back+++++’ a few times to go back.
  • Select ‘reboot system now’

Have fun.

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