A colleague's relative passed away and left behind a Galaxy Nexus phone. It is pattern-locked and we don't have the pattern nor his Google email account password (or access thereto). All my colleague wants off the phone are the photos. I have tried the following without success:
adbon both Windows and Ubuntu Linux to attach to the device connecting through USB.(USB debugging is definitely off.) -- always unable to attach the device (though on Linux
lsusbis able to list the device)
Use apps Moborobo and Holo (Simple ADB Backup) -- neither can access the device
Attempted to use the emergency dialer hack (dial 0, use back button; does not work)
Booted into recovery mode, but there is no backup option (which seems ridiculous unless this is because of security)
Connected the phone to Windows, shows up as "Galaxy Nexus" drive, but is empty. "Import pictures" reports "no new photos"
Incidentally, the screen-saver shows these desired photos, but there seems to be no way to share them without unlocking the phone.
Any suggestions for how to get at the photos?