ICS firmware for Droid Razr, Razr Maxx, and Droid 4 comes with “root checker”

August 28, 2012
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When Motorola finally rolled out those Ice Cream Sandwich updates for the Droid Razr, Droid Razr Maxx, and Droid 4, owners of the phone didn’t expect that Moto and Verizon would ever be so generous to include a bonus: a root checker that tracks whether or not the phone has been given the rooting treatment.

To see the root tracker in action, all you have to do is boot your device into recovery. Next to the image of the green robot, you should see a cryptic text code that gives away the phone’s status.

Here’s what can be concluded so far of the codes:

  • qe 0/0: No modification has been made on the phone a.k.a never been rooted
  • qe 0/1: Your phone was at one point rooted, but currently isn’t
  • qe 1/1: This shows that your phone is at present rooted

Aside from the three known codes, several users have also reported seeing “qe 2/1” on their phones. The jury’s still out on what this one is supposed to represent.  While we can rely on devs to provide some solace, there’s currently no known method to reset the counter.

Do you think this is just a casual update that owners of the phones shouldn’t be worrying too much about? Or is it Moto’s way to stop taking in tampered-with phones for repair? Drop a comment or two below.

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