Ever since custom recoveries and roms became popular, nandroid backups have been the fall back method for all android enthusiasts, irrespective of their confidence levels. They allow easy backup and restore in case things go wrong, which happens invariably when a modification is being tested. With that being said, how relevant are Nandroid Backups to this day? Back in 2011, when the world of Android was being awed by the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S2, a little modification made its appearance...
Samsung Hercules Rooted With Stock Kernel Pulled
If you just went into a T-Mobile store thinking “hmm.. that SGS2 looks tempting but I really want to be able to mod the daylights out of it”, well, now is your chance. According to a thread started by XDA Recognized Developer |Melvin| root was achieved by slayher over at RW. You will now be able to attend to all your nodding cravings easily and flash your heart away through Odin and Heimdall. But wait! That’s not all because as a result of this successful root, XDA member bubby323 was able to dump the stock kernel of the device. We know that the source is available on Samsung, but having the original one handy is the perfect way to be able to recover from a soft brick (that is until AdamOutler comes out with the Unbrickable Mod for this device).
Now, you can go back to that store and get the device that you were craving. Be sure to leave some feedback for both devs in case you run into issues.
What we have here is a stock boot.img (imagine that Samsung changing things up again on us) pulled from a rooted (via recovery) T-Mobile SGH-T989 (Samsung Galaxy S II).
With this you can recover your phone using ODIN, in the case of a brick or just to return to a factory state.
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