Great news for all Nokia Lumia 520 owners is that Orange France has now started rolling out the Windows Phone 8.1 update to their 520 owners.
The handset is the first besides the 925 and 625 to get the update, and suggests the roll-out will soon start in earnest for all 520 owners.
The Nokia Lumia 520 is the most popular WP8.1 handset, with Microsoft saying more than 12 million have been sold.
See the update page at Nokia here.
Microsoft has updated 40 older Windows Phone 7 Xbox Live titles, such as the iconic Z0MB1ES (on teh ph0ne) and many more, with support for Windows Phone 8 and also for 512 BM handsets.
This means users who had to leave many beloved games behind when they upgraded their device will be able to enjoy them all over again.
See the full list below.
Amazon is having a lightning deal where they are selling the Nokia Lumia 520 for only $44.99 for the next 90 min, ending 12 pm PST.
Grab the device, which is commitment-free, but locked to AT&T, at Amazon here.
Here is a deal for our readers down under. The Nokia Lumia 520 has been discounted to only $99 Australian at the Australian Post retailer.
This is $50 off the regular retail price, with the offer available only till the 10th August.
Take advantage by downloading the Australian Post catalogue here.
Thanks to our tipster.
If you have been meaning to pick up a Windows Phone to keep in your glove box or give to a relatively, there may never be a better deal than this Nokia Lumia 520 for only $54.86 from Amazon.com.
The handset, which is commitment-free but locked to AT&T, is $45.13 off its usual $99.99 price and I suspect this great deal will not last.
Take advantage of this offer by picking up a handset at Amazon here.
The Microsoft Store is offering a great deal on the AT&T Nokia Lumia 520.
Not only are they selling the popular Windows Phone for only $59 commitment-free, but they are also throwing in a free Mozo Flip Cover worth $24.99.
The Motorola Moto E is part of Google’s shock offensive on the low-end of the market, targeting value handsets like the Nokia Lumia 520 and the market of users upgrading from feature phones.
How exactly does the handset however match up against the most popular Windows Phone 8 handset, which is just now hitting remarkably low prices all round the world.
For handsets released more than a year apart the devices are pretty comparable.
The Nokia Lumia 520 is the best-selling Windows Phone, and if you are in USA you now have a chance to pick it up for a pittance.
Amazon is offering the AT&T handset for the next 3 hours only for an amazing $44.99 as part of their regular lightning deal promotion.
Grab it while you can at Amazon here.
Update: The deal is over now. However, you can get a No Contract Nokia Lumia 520 for AT&T + Free Case(worth $24.99) for $59 from Microsoft Store. Check out the deal here.
On a related note, Amazon is also offering great deals on HP Omni 10 full HD Windows tablet, Dell XPS 14 Ultrabook and more. Check out the details here.
We posted a few days ago about a Nokia Lumia 520 which saved its owner from severe injury during a home invasion/robbery in Brazil.
Now that story seemed to have made the jump to Reddit and memedom, with the above creation hitting the front page, getting more than 700 comments and 2000 points.
In the days of transition of Nokia’s brand to Microsoft’s, we hope Microsoft takes this opportunity to do something good for the victim of the attack, which has certainly already earned Microsoft publicity money cant buy.
Brazilian newspaper Globo.com reports that an off-duty policeman was saved from a gun shot by his trusty Nokia Lumia 520, which unfortunately did not survive the encounter.
The incident occurred as the São Paulo military officer was visiting his family, who was at the time being held hostage and robbed by two armed criminals.
When the assailants discovered the 24 year old was a police officer they fired two shots at him, one fortunately missing and the other hitting him in the buttock. Fortunately he was protected by his windows phone, which took the brunt of the blow and expired in the process.
Despite being pursued by the police the assailants unfortunately managed to get away with cell phones, watches, jewelry and money.
It is clear however the damage would have been a lot worse if, on this occasion, we did not discovered the Nokia Lumia 520 is bulletproof.
Have a Nokia Lumia 520, the most popular Windows Phone, saved any of our readers, possibly in a somewhat less dramatic way? Let us know below.
Thanks Leo for the tip.
The Nokia Lumia 520 is just getting cheaper and cheaper. The latest deal is a $20 off offer by Bestbuy.com, who are selling the handset for only $49.99.
The deal includes free shipped, and does not include any contract, but the handset is most likely locked to AT&T, meaning you need to use it on the network for at least 6 months before you can ask AT&T to unlock it.
Visit Bestbuy here to take advantage of the great offer.
LordMaxey on XDA-Developers has managed to Interop unlock the Nokia Lumia 520 using the JTAG approach.
This hardware-based hack uses a Advanced Turbo Flasher box and clips which connects directly to the chipset of a disassembled handset to write directly to the flash memory of the handset, and by doing this LordMaxey was able to bypass the security of the Windows Phone 8 OS and enable to handset to accept modifications to the registry and side-load arbitrary apps. The hack also survived the upgrade to WP 8.1.
An Interop unlock allows a number of high-privilege app capabilities, which can be used to make changes to the OS which are normally not possible for a third-party app. The name comes from ID_CAP_INTEROPSERVICES, the capability which was most important in WP7. In WP8, however, there are a great many interesting capabilities.
The approach is of course not very useful for the average Nokia Lumia 520 owner who does not have access to the hardware, though one could potentially set up a shop to unlock people’s handsets, but the work may enable hackers to work on a software-based approach which will be more widely applicable.
Read more about the hack at XDA-Developers here.
Thanks Hashmi for the tip.
Windows Phone is a certified low-end hit, with the Nokia Lumia 520 selling tens of millions of handsets in 2013.
Now Microsoft has revealed the secret to their low-end success – they develop for the low-end from the get go, and only then optimise for the high end.
Neowin reports from BUILD 2014 that Microsoft always start their development on low-end hardware, including dog-fooding these handsets, to make sure that Windows Phone works perfectly on these devices, before moving on to higher spec handsets.
Neowin notes its easier to scale up for performance than to cut down the OS and applications to work on lower-end handsets
The news should be reassuring to owners of the handsets like the Nokia Lumia 520, who are close to the majority of Windows Phones, and should mean no Windows Phone user will be left behind.