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DROID Bionic and RAZR OTA Updates Can Be Rooted Using Latest DROID 4 Method

Accepted the latest OTA updates for the DROID Bionic and RAZR and have been frustrated with the lack of root access? According to a couple of readers who were willing to take the dive, you should be able to use the method that was released for the DROID 4 over the weekend by @djrbliss. This is for those of you that have yet to get accustomed to using OTA RootKeeper before accepting these updates, of course.

Download the Windows root tool here. If you want to donate to charity in the name of this root exploit, you can do that here.

Cheers Mark!

  • Psymonp

    did it on my razr maxx, seems ok so far

  • Mrdixon

    Has anyone had any trouble with their razer overheating after rooting? When I turn on wifi tethering it will overheat after about 10 minutes then shutdown. Won’t start back up until it cools off.

  • Mrdixon

    As a side note to my previous page about the razer rebooting itself..it only does this when my transformer is trying to connect to it.

  • Mrdixon

    I rooted with the above file. Downloaded a wireless tether app. My laptop will connect but my transformer will not. Also the razer now reboots itself when it wants to. Any suggestions?

  • How can I unroot as well? Is there a tool for that so I don’t have to FXZ the .893 OTA then update to .902 OTA. Reason is because I’m planning on getting a GNEX in the next few weeks and am going to give my mom the Bionic. Does Pete’s Root tool for the Bionic unroot the .902? or no…Thank you guys in advance

    • It’s just your mother don’t worry about unrooting it

      • Yeah but she has a tendency to either drop phones, or somehow mess up software hahahaha, I love her but shes a goof when it comes to her smartphones. The manager at the local Verizon store knows I root my phones and he doesn’t care so I might be all good anyway. Only thing is, when going from my account to hers I don’t know if Ill need to uninstall CWR and have it just stock for that part but keep root….

        • DP

          The fastboot files are up so if you did want to flash it back to stock it is good to go now. Her switching to that phone wont be a problem, of course she’ll need a new sim card. You can keep it rooted until/if she has to send it in but before she sends it and it still powers on you will want to flash it back to stock so they dont charge you 500 for breaking warrenty

  • Matt

    Has anyone else noticed that when you unzip the root tool, there is nothing in the folder? Am I the only one having this problem?

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  • Not sure why so much hating on the Bionic.  Has been a great phone for me.  Yeah, the GN is cool with ICS and all, but I’d take the Bionic over the Razr with no battery access.

  • Anonymous

    If you have followed Droid-Life or any tech blog for the past 7 months and you bought the Boinic, shame on you. You should’ve known that other devices were coming soon after the Bionic. I held onto my upgrade since July because I read on this site and a couple of other sites that at least 3 other devices were going to be availablbe by the end of the year. I waited until all 3 devices were reviewed and I chose the G-Nexus over the Droid Razr and the Rezound.

    • Anonymous

      I couldn’t wait any longer – my OG was too slow and I couldn’t swap out batteries fast enough.  I bought the Bionic because it was the best offering then.  Now I bought the Droid Razr Maxx and am thrilled with the new device.  Now my kids have a high speed great (albeit WiFi only) android device to play games on.  Happy on all fronts – I’m glad I didn’t get the RAZR though with the battery difference though…that would have really pissed me off.  Sorry RAZR owners

    • Shame on me? For having a phone that I love?

      I am perfectly happy with my Bionic, it meets my expectations and then exceeds them. 

      Shame on you for being a troll and an imbecile. 

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  • Bionic

    is it a one click root?

  • me

    What is the webtop app on the screen shot above.

    • B00mb00mchuck

      To run bionic or razr in the lapdock or hd dock… or after you undock you can click here to access what you were working on while in webtop mode

  • Anonymous

    I’m actually perfectly happy with my bionic. I’ve never had any of the problems that others have reported with it. I bought a Gnex when it first came out and couldn’t hold onto a 4g signal to save my life, along with other things that I wasn’t a fan of, I decided to return it.
    Now that I’m running a pretty damn good ICS rom I can be content with it for awhile, and I have my upgrade back that I can use on the next phone that really catches my eye.

    • so the ICS Rom does work with the .902 update for the bionic? Also im guessing the camera doesnt work but what else is not working. i thought they couldnt get 4g working. where can ifind this rom with a change log? thanks in advance

  • A few days late to the party, aren’t we Droid-Life?

  • Uncle Kellex, where are the install instructions? I really don’t want to screw it up.

    • Anonymous

      go to his web site:  http://vulnfactory.org/blog/2012/02/11/rooting-the-droid-4-a-failed-bounty-experiment/

  • Well, we can’t unlock bootloaders, but at least Moto’s consistent with their root exploits 😀

    • Josh Groff

      Their hardware is always pretty nice too. 😉

  • Should work on the RAZR MAXX as well then right?

    • Anonymous

      Yep, same as Reg. Razr.

    • Anonymous

      yeah worked fine.  Just open the app before updating and then again after updating.  It’s a pretty easy and painful process.  I have the forever root set up, but it still broke it – glad I had this app in place because it regained root.

  • Svan71

    Bionic truly is the VISTA of smartphones…

    • HAhahahahahahahhaha

    • Sob157

       True, I got suckered into this phone sooo hard.. never again moto.

    • Josh Groff

      That bad, damn…

    • Anonymous

      Its not that bad……..

    • I’d put it more like the Windows 2000 of smartphones.  Useful after a few updates 😀

      • Anonymous

        Well it is useful as a phone compared to the gnex that can’t make phone calls cause of no signal.

        • Anonymous

          Had a Bionic and now have a Nexus. While the Bionic did have stronger signal, I don’t get 4G in the basement now, the Nexus does fine. I haven’t dropped a single phone call with the Nexus. Plus it’s nice to finally have a phone that the data doesn’t drop a few times a day or having to toggle airplane mode when the phone switches from 3G to 4G.

          • Anonymous

            My office is a dead zone for all phones so I got a free voice only repeater from Verizon and live on WiFi for data during the day.
            I have a great 4G signal at home and on the road.
            Overall, I am very pleased with my Bionic.

          • RoadsterHD1

            I was thinking about trading in my Bionic for a RAZR and yesterday i did a side by side comparioson cause a friend of mine has a RAZR and what I found blew me away. 
            1. I compared data speed in a fairly good area for speed. My Bionic was faster in the up and down loads on about 7 test I took. The RAZR dropped to 3G and my Bionic stayed in 4G. The RAZR eventually returned to 4G and retested them again. The average score were Bionic down was 8Mbps and UP 5 to 6Mbps. The RAZR was 7 to 8Mbps down and 1 to 3Mbps up. My down at my home is 20 to 28Mbps and up is the same.
            2. The screen on the RAZR is more color saturated than the Bionic, but looking further I discovered the reason for the saturation on the RAZR is because it has a blue tint to it. You can really see it if you look at the RAZR’s screen side ways. This causes the brightness to go down.. Bionic screen is brighter. The gray scale really tells the story. Bionic’s grey scale is blacker and whiter more true. The RAZR is blueish even greenish at times. Look at the power widget and you will see what I’m talking about. Open GOOGLE-MAPS and it’s obivious that the clarity and color is better on the Bionic. To make this more interesting I compared the GNex screen and it was worse than the RAZR. 
            3. The RAZR was faster onthe bench marks but in everyday use you will not notice the difference. 
            4. All the Verizon 4G phones have data drop issues, Bionic’s “were” worse but are just like or better than most now after the 902 update. 
            5. Pentile Screen can be seen in direct sun light, the other HD amoled screens can NOT. Pentile will show what’s called compression on low resolution video but that’s because Pentile is more focused and clear than the others. I use “Vplayer Version0.99 and Daroon Player and play back High Def 1080i video and it looks incredible, no compression and no lag. The video recording at 1080p look incredible. But put crappy video in and it will give you crappy video out. Colors in my opinion are more realistic than the RAZR. For poor quality video the Bionic tends to favor reds, so I use “screenadjuster” and “filter your screen” to adjust for this. Netflix has different resolution streams and you can tell the two. For the most part Netflix does and incredible job and the streaming looks great. Please know that different player play differently on any phone. The old version of VPlayer is allot better that the newer versions. Daroon player play high quality HD video very well.
            6. The speaker is louder on the Bionic.
            7. I decided to keep my Bionic and not get the RAZR or the RAZR MAXX.
            We have high end phones with high end screens, use high end video and you will be happier…   🙂  

        • Anonymous

          You must have gotten a bad device. I Have had the VZW G-Nexus since the last week of Dec and I have not had a problem making calls, during a call or with 4G for that matter. In fact while during a call I took a picture, shared the picture via text during the call and surf the net on the G-Nexus after texting the picture. I get good 4G signal, 16mbps up and 15mbps down just now on my G-Nexus the only thing that I’m not too thrill about the device is the speaker. Samsung/Google should’ve done a better job with it. I haven’t done it yet but I shouldn’t have to root my phone to make the speaker louder.

          • Noe Nevarez

            have u put a black background on your gnex yet?? seen any blotches?

      • Anonymous

        MORE useful after a few updates. – not useless before updates

    • reyalP

       I would consider it the Windows ME if anything.

    • Anonymous

      Why is the Bionic like Vista?

      Vista was an OS that didn’t always work on pre-existing hardware (backward compatability) but I never had a problem running it on hardware that came out after the OS was released. The OS failed me only once in the hundred or so times I have configured/installed it. A web cam driver took the system down until I updated the driver. It was a 15 minute inconvenience – tops.

      The Bionic hardware was released with an OS that has been around for a while. The overlay (Blur or whatever you want to call it) is pretty new, doesn’t get in the way and has not been buggy for me. The Bionic seemed to work pretty well right out of the box.

      Rooting the Bionic has been trivial for some time now. The battery life is acceptable – especially the larger capacity battery. Some people complain about the screen but I think the issue is minor.

      Besides, tell me about a smartphone released in the last 12 months that you considered buying that has turened out to work flawlessly right out of the box.

      • B Diggs82

        My Razr has yet to have a hiccup. (Knock on wood).

        • Anonymous

          I got the Razr for my son. He is happy with it except for the battery life. He is a heavy data user. I’m sure glad I have the unlimited data plan.

      • B Diggs82

        Loved my bionic but took my girlfriends update and got the razr. Now she has my bionic, which isn’t receiving the ota update. Any advice on how to fix that?

        • Jdigital36

          Factory reset only way…must be different sim card then one u got with phone

        • Anonymous

          All I did was Settings > About Phone > System Updates and the Bionic got it.

  • Anonymous

    I used it to root the Bionic I have, and then I used Pete’s Motorola Root Tools to unroot it.  Worked flawlessly.

    • Cmorty72

      Were you able to use Rootkeeper to save root as well?

      • Anonymous

        Didn’t try rootkeeper. There’s almost no point, we have an awesome developer community that keeps coming up with ways to root.

  • Anonymous