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An investment note from Canaccord Genuity lead analyst T. Michael Walkley on Monday suggested that some of the halo devices for Android and BlackBerry were struggling to get sales even as Apple was succeeding. The iPhone and iPad were still selling very well at AT&T and Verizon in April and, in many cases, were outselling flagship Android devices. The iPhone 4 was the best-selling smartphone at both carriers, and the $49 iPhone 3GS was outselling both the HTC Inspire 4G and Motorola Atrix, according to checks at several stores.
AT&T fulfilled its promises of an HSUPA update in April at the last minute on Friday with its first of two updates. The HTC Inspire 4G is getting an update that adds the faster 3G upload speeds for owners on those parts of the network that support them. The Atrix 4G update was being delayed, but it had passed testing and would go live "soon," the carrier said.
AT&T in a statement confirmed decisions to raise device prices for early upgrades and shortened contracts. Carrier spokesman Seth Bloom took the unusual tack of justifying the price by claiming the devices themselves were getting more technically advanced. The price simply reflected actual costs, he said.
An AT&T spokesman confirmed this weekend that the missing HSUPA 3G would be coming to more phones besides the iPhone 4 in April. Both the Atrix 4G and Inspire 4G will get the faster upload speeds through a firmware update. The yet-to-launch Infuse 4G will also have HSUPA from the start, it said.
HTC as part of a lawsuit against Samsung (below) asked a Seattle court on Wednesday to make a declaratory judgment giving it the right to use the Inspire 4G trademark. The move was a response to a Samsung letter arguing that the Android phone violated its "Inspiration" trademark for cellphones. HTC argued both that it wouldn't cause confusion and that Samsung hadn't bothered to challenge the Inspire trademark at the USPTO before it was approved on March 8.
AT&T in a Better Business Bureau response defended itself against accusations that the lack of HSUPA 3G on newer smartphones was intentional. Customer Appeals Manager Sheila Utech insisted that phones like the Atrix 4G didn't have their upload speeds capped. She confirmed earlier tips and said AT&T was still testing the faster 3G, which would reach the Atrix, and other phones like the Inspire 4G, once ready.
AT&T's purportedly intentional blockage of HSUPA upload speeds for its Motorola Atrix 4G and HTC Inspire 4G, among others, will soon be put to an end, BGR has found. An AT&T spokesperson hinted update will come to current devices to bring HSUPA speeds for uploading. The iPhone 4 and some modems are so far the only devices that can use the faster 3G.
Provider AT&T on Tuesday announced it will soon release the HTC Freestyle handset. The quick messaging phone will not have Android onboard, but rather the Brew Mobile Platform from Qualcomm. The phone sports a 3.2-inch display and will be the first non-smartphone to sport the Sense UI.
Creative in mid-week has switched its attention to its computer speakers with two new Inspire speaker offerings. The range is topped by the T6160, a 5.1-channel surround setup that produces 30W across its satellites and supports them with a 20W subwoofer to handle low-end frequencies. It tries to improve high frequency audio through a phase cap that separates the mid-range.