Overclock Galaxy Nexus To 1.4Ghz With Custom Kernel

Galaxy Nexus hits 1.4Ghz! The device is still to reach most eager Android users, and the device has already begun receiving overclocked kernels and revving it up. XDA-Developers forum member coolbho3000 has recently released a kernel based on the latest sources in AOSP. While the kernel brings in 1.4Ghz overclock to the CPU on the Galaxy Nexus, the GPU clock has been increased from 307Mhz to 384Mhz, and the annoying Volume Down key interference has been removed as well. The kernel also uses paulobrien’s ramdisk for unsecure adb. More on this kernel and how you can get it up and running on  your device, after the break!

Many would ask why bother overclocking when the device is already performing so flawlessly, but the thing with Android is; if you can, why not? As always, flashing a kernel is a risky little adventure, which is why the developer encourages the users to only test out this kernel temporarily before flashing it on their devices. Enough talk, let’s get our hands dirty!

Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.



  1. To begin, download the kernel .img file from the link above and copy it to the tools folder in your Android SDK.
  2. Boot the phone in ClockworkMod recovery and make a nandroid backup.
  3. That done, boot the phone into fastboot mode and connect it to the PC via USB.
  4. Open up command prompt or terminal and enter the following command for a test run of the kernel:
    fastboot boot gnex_oc_uv.img
  5. If the phone works perfectly fine, and performs well to your tests, reboot the phone into fastboot mode again, open up the command prompt or terminal and enter the following command:
    fastboot flash boot gnex_oc_uv.img
  6. Reboot the phone.

That is it! You phone should be running the new overclocked kernel. You can use SetCPU or CPU Master from the Market for adjusting your frequencies. If you have SetCPU installed, you can also adjust your voltage as well.

For further information regarding the kernel, head on over to its XDA forum thread.

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