Motorola Droid Bionic ICS Update Gets A Twist, Might Come With Root Check

The amount of press Motorola’s older Droid Bionic has received recently has not at all helped the device’s already unsavory image among Android phone owners. Most recently, tech sites (and device owners) grumbled about the inordinately long time it was taking for Verizon and Motorola to roll out an update from Android 2.3 Gingerbread to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Up to now, the update hasn’t arrived, and it’s already two weeks past the latest acceptable “early Q3 2012” cutoff. Unfortunately, Droid Bionic users may have more trouble to deal with, in the form of a new feature to be added to the ICS update.

It was reported earlier this week that the Droid Bionic ICS update may include something Motorola calls “root check.” Other ICS updates to include this feature include the ones for the Droid RAZR, Droid RAZR MAXX and Droid 4.

Users will see “1/1” if the device is still rooted, “0/0” if it has not been rooted at all, and “0/1” if the device may have been rooted in the past, but not at the present. Apart from that, there hasn’t been anything else said about how this feature is supposed to work.

This may be a way for Motorola and Verizon alike to see if phone owners’ warranties are valid or not – if the handset has been rooted, free repairs may not be available. This doesn’t appear to bode well for owners of the Verizon/Motorola Droid Bionic, though right now it’s too early to tell whether Motorola is indeed trying to make Droid owners’ lives a little more miserable or not.