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Motorola RAZR, Razr MAXX and Droid4 Come with "Root Check"

Authored by: Steven Blum — Aug 28, 2012

Rooting afficianados, take note. If you're looking to root your new Motorola, you may need to be a bit more careful than usual. Motorola has installed a program called "Root Check" which will let anyone know that your smartphone has been rooted. According to @P3Droid and a variety of testers, the RAZR, RAZR Maxx and Droid 4 now display "qe0/0" in recovery mode if your device has never been rooted or "qe 0/1" if the device has been rooted. 

In theory, a salesperson could now check to see if you've voided your warrantee simply by booting your phone in recovery mode. This could be a major pain for folks who want to bring their phone back due to a warantee issue, as they may no longer be eligable for a replacement phone if they've rooted their device.

They say rooting is forever and there is some truth to that statement. When your root your phone, it displays an "unlocked" symbol when booting, but there is a way to get around that so long as you re-lock the bootloader (which is especially easy on Samsung devices). This new development, however, would mean that folks who own certain Motorola models, and who've rooted those models, can never go back to stock without a trace of their modding activity having been recorded permanently on their phone's hard drive.

Likely, this is a way for Motorola to save on replacement models, but the development is likely to cause a minor uproar in the modding communities.

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Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.


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  • CJ Brown Aug 29, 2012 Link to comment

    Well this is bad news for those who want to root their Motorola Android Smart Phones ... but I guess its only a matter of time before someone develops a patch to download that solves this (never underestimate the power of genius) ...

    Perhaps Google is welcome to "open source", except for the Cellular Phone Manufacturer it now owns, but that hasn't stopped HTC from showing their users "how to root" (maybe a Service Cellular Provider won't guarantee a rooted phone, but would the manufacturer?) ...

  • On Samsung devices it can, but I know on my Asus Transformer Prime it can't be. XDA still hasn't found a way to accomplish this.

    Is there already a method of doing it on the Motorola Razr? I didn't see one on XDA yet.

  • Stefan E. Aug 28, 2012 Link to comment

    There is something similar on the Galaxy S3 (and S2, Note and Tab apparently), the triangle counter. It can be resetted with... wait for it... root access. ;)

  • Ti Mo Aug 28, 2012 Link to comment

    Aaaaaaand all upvoming motorola devices are banned from my personal 'could this be my next phone?' list.

    Especially sad cause Moto is now a part of Google. I thought they want people to root their phones.

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