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Motorola Included a Root Check in the RAZR, RAZR MAXX, and DROID4 With Ice Cream Sandwich

See that little “qe 1/1″ listed on the screenshot above of my DROID RAZR booted into recovery? According to @P3Droid and a variety of testers, this is a root checker of sorts that Motorola has built into the boot and recovery .img files of their current crop of devices, including the RAZR, RAZR MAXX and DROID 4. If you see “qe 0/0″ you are running a device that has never been rooted. If you see “qe 0/1″ you are running a device that was at one time rooted, but currently is not. If you see “qe 1/1″ like in the picture above, you are running a device that is currently rooted. 

At this point, it’s tough to tell if this is a big deal or not. In theory, it could mean that if you return your phone because of a warranty concern, that Motorola or Verizon could simply boot into recovery and check this to see if you are or have been rooted, and then potentially deny you of a replacement phone. We don’t know that they will actually do that, but you have to wonder what else their motives for including a root checker would be.

P3 is also under the impression that when the Bionic is updated to Ice Cream Sandwich, it will also receive this new root checker. At this time, there is no way to trick or reset it.

I’m sure you have some colorful comments in response to this news and we would love to have it down in the comments.

Cheers Brandon and @P3Droid!

  • Ronspruell
  • wargodograw

    So much for open platform just as long as all goes back to Verizon/Motorola and of course big brother went corporate!

  • pier3ds

    Name the will not even bother to look the will reformatting it &sell as a used device.have had 3sent back that were rooted unrooted matts utility but you still get that code but have not had any problems.

  • pier3ds

    They advertise apps for rooted phones whtsup.don’t want you to unless they can gouge you.put this is a oxymoron envises on morons.offer you stuff but the change the rules in the middle of game they can but we can not. Sum sun’s.;-‘)

  • http://www.facebook.com/itschrisbeetss Chris Beets

    No, you know what you have to do. Is if you need to replace your droid razr..any of them. You do what I’ve been doing. And that is to start installing a custom rom or any rom for that matter. Then hole in the middle you want to do a reset. Like the volume and power button. Then you will constantly boot into that black screen and then keep it there like if you were going to sbf but let the battery die :) now there is no way in getting past this screen since there is no operating system to let the phone charge unless you make the spliced cables :) no way for Verizon to check now :) screw corporate trying to take away our freedom of choice!!

  • smwandrie93

    so i take it you own your own business and do not work for a large corporation?

  • @kennyd51

    I HATE MOTOROLA & Verizonnfor All o f it, but mainly wasting so much of many peoples life. I DEPEND on my phone for things Other than playing games or.joining clubs or other silly stuff. Me I Need to make business calls, to me That’s Who & What count. They’re trying, I’m only on 3rd RAZR & Not 1 has really worked as good as advertised.

  • bill

    words nothing but words broken promise after broken promise. moto and verizon are both liarss and now they want to get inside your phone to see if you did something. invasion of privacy. this is your phone not theirs. you OWN it,plain and simple. let the class action suits fly. meantime no moto or verizon for me.

  • Justin Duckett

    Sounds like Android is becoming more like apple day by day.

  • bill

    dont need motorola or verizon. cheap phone for calling and a nice google or like tablet for all the searching and playing. cheap services offer more than verizon or att now. bye bye. thanks moto and verizon for opening my eyes

  • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

    Another reason I’m leaving Verizon for T-Mobile unlimited pre-paid when the next Nexus comes out.

  • Jeff B

    That’s funny my Bionic on 232 ICS says 1/1 and its not currently rooted, but has been in the past while on GB.