AT&T had a bit of a scandal earlier this year when users discovered that their “4G” smartphone offered very fast downloads but much slower uploads. This issue has now been fixed with system software updates for the Motorola Atrix 4G and HTC Inspire 4G.
The technical explanation for this disparity in wireless data transfers is that these two models supported HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) but not HSUPA (High-Speed Uplink Packet Access). The hardware was there but the software was not. The newly-released software updates remedy this.
AT&T has begun sending out these software updates to the Atrix 4G and Inspire 4G, but they are not immediately available to all users. Updates like these are sent out in waves, but all users of these Android OS smartphones will be notified that they have arrived in the coming weeks.
This pair of updates includes more than just HSUPA support. Each of these two devices is getting some other improvements — exactly what these are depends on the model.
The new system software for the Motorola Atrix 4G will bring longer battery life, improvements to the performance of the fingerprint reader, as well as better support for Bluetooth headsets. Curiously, the device is also getting the ability to share a 2G/EDGE connection with other devices.
The update for the HTC Inspire 4G contains fewer changes. Besides HSUPA, it now makes the setup process for various email services easier.