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Last Updated: April 29th, 2011

Last month, AT&T confirmed that an HSUPA-enabling update was in the works for the Motorola ATRIX 4G and was expected to hit sometime in April. Well... April is here and guess what? It looks like they may actually deliver on that promise.

nate2569, a user over at the XDA forums, received not one, but two mysterious updates on his ATRIX yesterday evening. The first one was a software update to bring the system up to version 1.75 and there was some initial confusion, so nate2569 uploaded a picture displaying some of the "About Phone" contents for proof. Have a look:

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Notice anything special? It appears that the first update brought the current Android version up to 2.2.2, which came as an unexpected surprise. Naturally, the next thought was "maybe this is the HSUPA update," and users prompted nate to run a speed test. The results all but verified their theories - 2.4Mbps down and .9Mbps up on the first run. The upload speed is three times faster than what AT&T currently allows, giving good reason to believe that the HSUPA update is in this bundle.

Great, right? Sure - but here's where it gets a little strange. nate was prompted to install a second update, which brought the system up to version 1.83. After the second update, another speed test was run - 2.9Mbps down and 1.6Mbps up. At this point, there was little doubt that this is the HSUPA update everyone has been waiting for.

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Since no one else in the source thread was able to pull an update, this begs the question "why just nate?" Some users started digging in and asking questions, such as when and where he got his phone. This is where things get really interesting - nate says that he "did not get [his] phone from a store and this may be a 'test' release for reasons [he] cannot talk about." This strongly suggests that he may be using a developer unit and this is the reason for the updates.

What does this really mean? If nate is, in fact, legit about this update and it's not a clever Photoshop edit (which he specifically denies that it is), it means that there could be an update on the horizon for ATRIX users. If not, shame on him for making me write all of this for no reason.

Source: XDA Developers

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://www.ericcamil.com Eric

    Should have shot video...so much more believable than screenshots.

    On that note..I WANT TO BELIEVE.

  • meet2x4

    I have high hopes and a bit of doubt. Right now Im in an official AT&T "4G" area with less than impressive results for download speeds. I will get my hopes up when the Moto devs announce public beta testing.

  • Jim Newman

    4.1.5.7 was "OTA"'d to my Atrix "4G" today. I only bought the phone today about 2:00EDT @ Costco.

  • O

    Please don't write "begs the question" Cameron. That's the wrong use of the phrase.

  • scott Norcross

    This is going to break root isn't it? That sucks, I just rerooted it and have the atrix cwm installed. If I update with everything still installedv, will it brick my phone?

    • Cameron Summerson

      Actually, Nate was able to gain root access with the 1.7.5 update, but I'm not sure that it was even attempted after the second update.

      • scott Norcross

        Well that would be nice, because id like to go back to gingerblur after the update,

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