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Droid Bionic: Wait for official updates, or root straight away?

July 9, 2021 | Tim Ollason

Smartphone tinkerers will be saddened to learn that the Motorola Droid Bionic is shipping with a locked bootloader. Now there’s a real question of what to do here with the Droid Bionic, do you wait for the official update, or root it straight away when it gets released?

As you know the majority of Android smartphones get rooted by the individuals that get them, you will mainly find this type of solution over on the XDA forums where they have rooted all sorts of devices and so far the only downside to it that we have really seen is that Google Movies is blocked for those specific devices.

We have literally seen all sorts of devices being rooted, but many of you are probably wondering why you would ever dream of going ahead with something like that. Well it certainly has its good points, who would have thought that you could overclock the Motorola Xoom to 1.5GHz of processing speed? It’s not only tablet PCs that have been rooted and overclocked, we also added a report about the HTC Inspire getting the same treatment but running at an amazing 1.8GHz.

Since then we have heard that the Samsung Galaxy II has a successor coming that will have a processor speed of 1.4GHz, but actually the guys at the XDA forums already have the current model running at 1.5GHz. That just shows you how good rooting can be. Fans of Motorola will certainly be disappointed, back in April Motorola took to Facebook to question their fans about what they want to see next from the company. They received an overwhelming response of unlocked/unlocking the bootloader.

The fact that Motorola knows that their fans want and yet they aren’t complying means that they are going to lose out. If you think back a few weeks ago, HTC were thinking of introducing a new policy that would see the boot room locked on future devices. After an overwhelming response from the general public HTC quickly abolished that policy and gave the fans what they want. Why can’t Motorola do the same?

We are hearing that the Motorola Droid Bionic has had a leaked release date of July 28th however this is yet to be confirmed by the company. This device has certainly been one of the ones on people’s minds for some time, we have seen people flocking to see a potential photo if it as well as the latest promo release date that was reported on by OSM’s Debbie Turner.

The thing that we are really wondering about with this device is should we all sit back and wait for an official update from Motorola which could be months away, or do we root it as soon as it comes out? Rooting it straight away does put your device at risk but if the method is tried and tested then what would stop you going ahead with it?

Ok guys and gals, time to be honest… When the device is released, will you wait for the official update to unlock the boot room or will you go ahead and root the device yourself to get the most out of your new phone? Let us know in the comments section below.

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  • BrianB13

    I would rather just wait for the update than root it right away. I have waited all year for this phone and the last thing I want to do is screw it up just after getting it. But if Moto takes too long with the update and others have successfully rooted it, I would be tempted to do it.

  • Mike Pratt

    I don’t think you have your facts straight. A locked bootloader means you cannot root the phone without a workaround. Your entire article is a conflict. You need to have an unlocked bootloader to root the phone easily. So, if it is locked, it will not be rooted untill devs find a workaround.