It looks like the Motorola Droid Bionic Ice Cream Sandwich update might come with a bit of a surprise whenever Motorola and Verizon get around to releasing it. Unfortunately though, it’s hard to say if this surprise is either good or bad.
Apparently, the root check is visible in the phone’s recovery menu. Phones that are currently rooted show 1/1. Phones that display 0/0 have supposedly never been rooted. And lastly, phones that display 0/1 mean that the phone isn’t rooted at the moment, but has been in the past.
It’s unclear just what the function might be used for, whether for good or for nefarious purposes, but right now speculation is resting on Motorola and Verizon using it to potentially check if a phone has been rooted or is currently rooted. If that’s the case, the companies could potentially deny replacement phones to some users.
Of course, this is all theory at this point and it’s possible that Motorola and Verizon won’t use the function at all.
There you have it, Bionic on ICS has root check in recovery as well, on GB no check.
— P3Droid (@P3Droid) August 25, 2012
What’s more is that P3Droid is saying that the function could come on board the Droid Bionic Ice Cream Sandwich update, an update that has seen its early Q3 release window come and go without a release.
So, this could potentially be another headache for Droid Bionic owners who have been given headache after headache in recent days.
First, it was the missed early Q3 release window, then, Motorola decided not to include the Motorola Droid Bionic in its bootloader unlock program, something that would have allowed owners to fully customize their device.
Again, this is all up in the air at this point. Motorola and Verizon have not made their intentions known just yet and the Droid Bionic Ice Cream Sandwich update has yet to roll out.