Today is the start of Round 2 of GSMArena’s Smartphone Championship, and we are lucky enough to have the Nokia Lumia 520 pitted against the LG Nexus 4.
As can be seen from the image above the most popular Windows Phone ever needs a little bit of help, but after the Nokia Lumia 1020 beat the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 by more than 3000 votes I dont think the 520 will be lacking in support.
Vote for your favourite Windows Phone at GSMArena here.
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Well, here’s a stonker of a deal. You can now grab an AT&T Nokia Lumia 520 commitment-free for only $49.99 plus free shipping.
The 4 inch WVGA Windows Phone 8 handset is the best selling Windows Phone ever with more than 30% of the market, meaning it will continue to be supported for a pretty long time.
The device is in stock but only in limited quantities, so if you are interested you getter grab it quick.
See it at Amazon here.
If you missed out on catching a $59 Nokia Lumia 520 on Black Friday you have just gained another swing at the ball, as the handset is once again in stock at the online Microsoft Store.
The handset, which is commitment-free, but will only work on AT&T’s network, can be purchased here, but be fast, as there is no knowing how long the offer will be available.
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As part of the Great Online Shopping Festival(GOSF) organized by Google India, Amazon is now selling couple of Windows Phone devices at great price. Nokia Lumia 520 is now available for Rs. 7,050.00 down from its regular price of Rs.8500 – Rs.10000. Also the Nokia Lumia 625 is now available for Rs. 13,323 down from its regular price range of Rs.15,000 – Rs.17000. Since these devices are under special deal, quantity is limited to one unit per customer.
Amazon India is offering both free shipping and cash on delivery options with these devices.
It seems there is at least one reason to agree to send feedback to Nokia. WPC reports that some users who completed a short survey in the Feedback to Nokia app are being invited to beta test the Lumia Black update, which adds several camera and glance screen features and also Bluetooth LE support.
It seems it appears to be mainly Nokia Lumia 520/521 owners which are being invited, but this may just be the first wave, so now may be a good time to fire up that Feedback app and let Nokia know how much you love your handset.
The Lumia Black update is expected to roll out to all Windows Phone 8 Lumia owners in early Q1 2014.
Well, that’s one way to increase sales. Microsoft is offering a free unlocked Nokia Lumia 520 for buyers of high end Windows Phones on the AT&T network.
The offer is only available today, so hurry if you want to spread the Windows Phone love.
The deal is only available for those who purchase a Nokia Lumia 925, Nokia Lumia 1020 and Nokia Lumia 1520.
Read more at the Microsoft Store here.
More carriers have started the good practice of telling their subscribers ahead of time the progress of updates for their phones, including the estimated date of availability.
Telus is one of those carriers, and in its latest post it reveals that they are currently waiting for the Windows Phone 8 Update 3 software for the Nokia Lumia 520, 620 and 1020 to be delivered to them from Nokia, which will then be following by testing and a hopeful release in January next year.
Unlike HTC, which does very little customization and which is already distributing Update 3, Nokia’s windows phones will have Update 3 combined with Nokia Black, which will bring a number of improvements, including better camera algorithms, Bluetooth 4 LE and enhancements to the Glance screen.
Update 3 will otherwise bring:
- Accessibility. We’ve made several improvements for customers who are visually impaired.
- Storage. Now you can easily free up storage space on your phone and manage temporary files. New categories show what’s taking up space.
- Driving Mode. Feeling distracted behind the wheel? Driving Mode allows you to minimize incoming calls and text messages to help you focus on the road.
- Screen. Reading emails in bed? You can lock your screen orientation so it doesn’t shift when you move your phone around.
- Wi-Fi. Start preserving cellular data on your phone right out of the box—you can now connect to Wi-Fi during set up.
- Internet sharing. Now you can use your phone’s cellular data connection from your Microsoft Windows 8.1 devices by pairing them over Bluetooth.
- Bluetooth. Several fixes were made to address known issues, and improvements were made to connection quality for Bluetooth accessories.
- Ringtones. Do more with ringtones now. Assign ringtones for text messages, so you’ll know who’s texting you without even looking. Use your custom ringtones for more things—text messages, instant messages, emails, voicemail, and reminders.
- App switcher. Don’t look back. Now you can use the App switcher to quickly close apps when you’re finished with them.
- Other improvements. Includes many other improvements to Windows Phone.
For those who are adventurous you can already download the raw Microsoft-only update 3 by registering as a developer and downloading the Windows Phone Preview for Developers app. Find more details about that here.
Nokia has partnered with Italian football team SSC Napoli to release special edition Lumia 520 devices. There are three personalised versions of the Lumia 520, it comes in the Napoli’s sky blue colour, camouflage design to match the team’s shirt and team’s logo featured on the back. The other two devices comes in white and yellow colors, the camouflage design and the back of the device feature numbers and autographs of popular players Marek Hamsik and Gonzalo Higuain. These devices are available for EUR169 from all the Nokia Stores, Napoli Stores and other leading retail stores in Italy.
The already best selling Nokia Lumia 520 is about to get another acceleration in sales due the upcoming deals. Amazon is now selling Nokia Lumia 520 for $59.99, down from its regular price of $99.99. Apart from Amazon, TigerDirect will be offering Nokia Lumia 520 for $59.99 from this Friday.
I think Lumia 520 with 4-inch IPS display, a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera Offline GPS and a Snapdragon S4 processor is a great deal for $59.99. What do you think?
With the Nokia Lumia 520 now well under 10,000 INR the handset is still proving very popular in India, topping the charts at Flipkart, the popular online marketplace.
The newly reduced Nokia Lumia 920, which is now selling for 25,999 INR ($420) has also brought the handset back into the top 10, showing that the venerable handset still remains very much in demand, with the only barrier being price.
Hopefully the news bodes well for Windows Phone’s Q4, with the OS having pretty high expectations to fill at present.
See the page at Flipkart here.
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The current Windows Phone here, the Nokia Lumia 520, is selling well in USA, as evidenced by AdDuplex data, and is also hitting new low price points.
The handset can now be purchased for as little as $79.99 commitment-free on the AT&T network at Frys.com, but it seems the device is going fast, and has already run out.
It is still worth trying your luck however in case stock comes in later, so check out this great deal here.
Paul Thurrott revealed some interesting news from the recent Microsoft Company meeting. He revealed the low-end Windows Phone was the best selling single Windows device, besting any other single model of Windows Phone, Windows tablet or Windows PC.
The latter is of course the most interesting, given that more than 300 million Windows PCs are sold each year, but that market is on the decline, and more than 2.8 billion tablets and phones are are expected to be sold each year.
This explains why Microsoft sees devices as the future of the company, despite resistance from their Windows installed base.
The main lesson is of course one that Google has accepted for a very long time – if you give your product away for free or very cheap, it is likely you will win significant market share, and while we know Microsoft is not quite able to accept this with their Surface tablets, it seems at least when it comes to smartphones they appreciate the utility of this strategy.
The Verge reports that Microsoft did not only demonstrate a unified app store today, but also showed off an experimental technology which would be able to stream Xbox games to Windows 8 and Windows Phone handsets, including the low-end Nokia Lumia 520.
The technology relies on games being rendered in the cloud, but keeps the system so responsive the latency was only 45 ms on the Nokia Lumia 520.
The game was apparently demonstrated being played on a Windows Phone using an Xbox Controller via an adaptor.
The service is still at the prototype stage, and may also eventually result in Xbox games being streamed to the Xbox One also.
Microsoft is still assessing the viability of the idea as a service. Would our readers be interested in signing up? Let us know below.
Some new data is out by AdDuplex, from their large mobile ad network. The data was gathered on September 20th, and reveals some worrying data points.
As has become the norm, the Nokia Lumia 520 has continued its ascent, now taking 31.6% of the Windows Phone 8 market.
The worrying data point however is that the Nokia Lumia 925, which has already been pretty widely released, is at present only 2.1% of the Windows Phone 8 market. The handset has been on the market since June, and did not even appear in August’s charts.
Alan Mendelevich from AdDuplex has tweeted some teasers from their monthly state of Windows Phone survey collected from their Windows Phone ad network.
The teasers are:
- #WindowsPhone stats teaser #1: Nokia Lumia 520 crosses the 20% marketshare limit, 30% on WP8.
- #WindowsPhone Stats teaser #2: Nokia grabs another 1.5% of WP8 market.
- #WindowsPhone stats teaser #3: GDR2 is on 30% of WP8 devices.
- #WindowsPhone stats teaser #4: There’s a new no.2 Windows Phone in the US. Can you guess the model?
- #WindowsPhone stats teaser #5 and a hint for #4: MetroPCS now has 5% of WP8 carrier marketshare in US.
- #WindowsPhone stats teaser #6: The Windows Phone I bought in Germany is no.5 in DACH. And it wasn’t designed in Finland.
- #WindowsPhone stats teaser #7: All top 10 Windows Phones in China are made by Nokia.
TechAu.com reports that major Australian carrier Telstra has cancelled all pre-orders for the Nokia Lumia 1020, due to a software issue so severe they were unable to give a date when the handset would be available.
In compensation however they were offering buyers a free, no commitment Nokia Lumia 520, which just dropped from $179 to $99 on Telstra, and must surely be costing the carrier even less. Thats a pretty sweet consolation prize.
It is not known what Telstra’s software issue is (possible something like AT&T’s online file locker?) but the handset is happily being sold by Optus and Harvey Norman.
Have any of our readers been a beneficiary of Telstra’s largesse? Let us know below.
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