We live in a monopoly with USA as the super-power.So,it seems fair that Americans have an exclusive app market to purchase or browse content on.But this does not mean we can’t have access to it.A simple proxy does the trick,but the question is,which proxy and whether to pay for one or not?
Paying for a proxy is a stupid idea when there are free alternatives (which do work) out there.We’ll be talking about the most convenient and easy to use proxy in just a second.For now,let’s talk about what one needs to get access to the US playstore.
- Install Market Enabler on your phone just like you would install any other .apk file and download and install Hotspot Shield too from the playstore.
- Open Market enabler and select a ‘ US ‘ carrier from the second tab (swipe left once).We suggest using us-verizon.Make sure you don’t set it as ‘set on boot’ because that’ll interfere with your calls and/or messages.
- Now open up the VPN app and enable it.It’ll take a few seconds only.
- Now,go to Settings -> Apps -> All and look for ‘Google Play Store’ and empty it’s cache.
- Open up the Playstore and you should see the US Playstore which would look something like this.
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Note: You need to have your bootloader unlocked and fastboot setup on your computer to make this work.And ofcourse,you need to be on android 4.1 Jellybean.
We at T101 finally managed to find a solution that worked, and the familiar root permission prompt finally popped up. If you lost root access after upgrading to Jellybean or maybe you wanna root your new Galaxy Nexus running JellyBean,then continue reading (this was tested on a GSM Galaxy Nexus I9250, but should work on other variants as well.We are not responsible if ‘you’ screw things up).
Here’s a guide that’ll work for sure.
- Download your favorite recovery, say ClockworkMod Touch.
- Download JB-SuperSU.zip from this link.
- While booted into Android, push JB-SuperSU.zip to your Galaxy Nexus’s /sdcard using your computer, or download it straight from the device.You could also use adb to push the file (ADVANCED USERS ONLY)
- Reboot into the bootloader buy powering down and booting up while holding both volume buttons and power until the bootloader comes up.It’ll look like this .
- Flash the custom recovery by issuing this command from your computer:
fastboot flash recovery recovery-clockwork-touch-188.8.131.52-maguro.img (or whatever the recovery name is that you downloaded in step 1)Note: For some reason I can’t get the recovery to stick anymore – upon reboot, the Nexus reverts back to its stock recovery. If someone knows how to fix this, please leave a comment in this post.
Renaming /system/recovery-from-boot.p after obtaining root did the trick – you have to remount /system as rw first, of course.
- Now that you have the custom recovery installed, scroll down to Recovery mode in the bootloader menu using the volume down button and press the Power button to enter it.
- Select Install zip from sdcard, choose zip from sdcard, select JB-SuperSU.zip that you pushed in step 3.
- Reboot your phone.
- Dance around the room.