Jelly Bean isn't the only improvement going on for Android. Something's also been cooking with the custom recovery that made customizations easier for users–ClockworkMod Recovery. The ever famous recovery has taken another step in improvement as it debuted version 6.0, courtesy of its dedicated developer Koushik Dutta.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus GT-I9250 is one of first devices to try it out and using ClockworkMod Recovery is better than ever. It comes with two different variants, touch-based and non-touch based.
ClockworkMod Recovery 6.0 features a couple of improvements which Dutta himself has identified. According to him, the new version achieves ROM back up speed 4 – 5 times faster than before. Incremental backup size is also less, averaging 15 – 20 MB and saving more precious memory space.
These improvements are pretty exciting but the version is still an early build. Though main recovery functions, such as backups/restores and flashing, are working effectively, other peripheral functions could possibly have issues and bugs. But, if you want to flash ClockworkMod Recovery 184.108.40.206 on the Galaxy Nexus I9250 to try it out, see the requirements and instructions below.
- The instructions in this guide are intended for use with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, model number GT-I9250. Applying these instructions on another device or model may produce undesired outcomes.
- The information in this guide is provided for instructional and educational purposes only. There is no guarantee that these instructions will work under your specific and unique circumstances.
- Use these instructions at your own risk. We shall not hold any responsibility or liability for whatever happens to you or your device arising from your use of the info in this guide.
- Read and understand the whole guide first before actually performing the instructions.
- A Samsung Galaxy Nexus GT-I9250 with an unlocked bootloader.
- A Windows PC
- Handset USB drivers installed on the PC. You may get the driver installer from Samsung’s support page for the Galaxy Nexus. (And, yes, the installer's file name says it's for the Verizon variant, but it does work for the GT-I9250 or GSM variant, too.)
- Disable antivirus, firewall, and other security software. Also disable Samsung Kies and other software that accesses your phone. Such software can interfere with the procedure in this guide.
- Enable USB debugging on your handset.
- Backup all personal data on your phone to make sure you have a copy of your personal data (e.g., contacts, SMS, MMS, Internet settings, Wi-Fi passwords, and the like) in case the procedure in this guide erases such data.
- Download one of the following recovery images:
- Download the Fastboot Package (Fastboot.zip,404.46 kB).
- Extract fastboot.zip to the C:\ drive on your computer. You should get a folder named Fastboot containing four files. The location of the folder should be C:\Fastboot.
- To simplify the steps and avoid confusion, rename the downloaded CWM image file into recovery.img
- Copy recovery.img to the Fastboot folder that you extracted.
- Switch off your phone.
- Boot your phone into Fastboot Mode by pressing the Power, Volume Up, and Volume Down buttons until you see “Start” displayed on the screen.
- Connect your phone to your computer using a USB cable.
- On your computer, open a command prompt/terminal.
- Enter the following commands. Your phone's serial number should appear on the screen:
- To flash the ClockworkMod Recovery image, type this command and press Enter.
fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
- Wait for the flashing to finish and once done, enter the command below to reboot your phone:
- To boot into ClockworkMod Recovery 220.127.116.11, turn off your phone, boot into Fastboot Mode, and select the Recovery Mode option.
Great! You've just flashed ClockworkMod Recovery 18.104.22.168 on the Galaxy Nexus GT-I9250. Making NANDroid backups and flashing ROMs and scripts will be faster than ever.