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Microsoft reveals why your Nokia Lumia 520 runs so well

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.

The Nokia Lumia 520 wins the award for the best Low Cost Smartphone from the GMA


The Nokia Lumia 520 has been awarded the title of the Best Low Cost Smartphone at the 2014 GMA Awards.

The Nokia Lumia 105 also won the award for the best entry level or feature phone.

The Nokia Lumia 520 is Nokia’s most affordable Windows Phone 8 smartphones, delivering experiences normally only found in high-end smartphones and the judges note the handset is:

A smartphone that hasn’t compromised on quality – a trailblazer for Nokia’s low-cost efforts

Between 30 and 40% of all Windows phone 8 handsets are Nokia Lumia 520’s and the handset has been a legitimate hit in some regions, for example being the 3rd best selling handset in UK in December 2013, just behind the newly introduced iPhone 5S and 5C.

Hopefully Nokia will be able to replicate the success of the handset, to which the Windows Phone community owes a lot of gratitude.

Nokia Lumia 520 Running Windows Phone 8.1 Shown On Video

Microsoft once again today confirmed that the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update will come to all existing Windows Phone 8 devices. The most low-end Windows Phone 8 device available in the market is Nokia Lumia 520 and Windows Phone 8.1 will of course run on it without any issues. If you have any doubt about it, watch the video about showing Windows Phone 8.1 running on Nokia Lumia 520 device.

This video also revealed that three column live tiles is coming to existing low-end WP8 devices too. Are you excited about the upcoming WP8.1 update?

Microsoft offering a Nokia Lumia 520/521 and Xbox Music Pass bundle for only $99



We have had many readers in the past suggest it was worthwhile to buy a Nokia Lumia 520 just as an MP3 player.

It seems Microsoft has picked up on this trend, as they are now offering a Nokia Lumia 520 or 521 with a 12 month Xbox Music Pass subscription, normally $99 all by itself, for only $99.90, essentially offering the handset for free.

To take advantage of this great deal, see the online  Microsoft Store here.

Nokia Lumia 520 comes to AIO Wireless

On their blog AT&T MVNO AIO Wireless has announced it is getting the Nokia Lumia 520 in time for Valentines day.

The 4inch smartphone will cost $99, and will be complemented by 3 new unlimited plans:

Basic Plan: $35 after Auto Pay credit ($40 without Auto Pay credit), unlimited voice/text/data, including 500MB of high speed data (same price as before but double the data);

Smart Plan: $40 after Auto Pay credit ($50 without Auto Pay credit), unlimited voice/text/data, including 2.5 GB of high speed data ($5 less/month plus an extra half GB of data); and

Pro Plan: $55 after Auto Pay credit ($60 without Auto Pay credit), unlimited voice/text/data, including 5 GB of high speed data ($10 less/month with 5 GB of data).

Keep an eye on their site for the arrival of the handset.

Nokia Lumia 520 disassembly and screen replacement tutorial video

LE55ONS today decided to feature the most popular Windows Phone, the Nokia Lumia 520, in their disassembly guide, and in the above 20 minute video they show exactly how to take the handset apparent, and also how to replace the digitizer and screen, a guide which may come in handy when it costs more to repair the handset officially than you originally paid to purchase it.

See more at the video on YouTube here.

via MNB

Lumia Black brings Double tap to Wake to the Nokia Lumia 520 also

imageA week ago we posted that it appears that the latest Windows Phone update from Nokia, Lumia Black, brings with it the Double Tap to Wake feature on the Nokia Lumia 720.

Now it appears the feature will become available on an even more popular Windows Phone, as MyNokiaBlog reports it is also showing up on the Nokia Lumia 520, which should make many millions of users very happy.

Unfortunately it still does not come with the Glance screen for the full package, but MNB notes that the handset already has supersensitive touch, only found on high end Samsungs, and now Double Tap to wake, only otherwise found on the high end LG G2, making for quite a feature set for a handset which is selling for as little as $60.

Have our 520-using readers received Black yet? Let us know below.

via MNB

Microsoft Store Deal: T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 521 For $69 And AT&T Nokia Lumia 520 For $59

Microsoft Store Windows Phone Deals

Nokia Lumia 520 is the inarguably the most selling Windows Phone across different markets. In the US, Nokia Lumia 520 is now available is two different carriers. AT&T is selling Nokia Lumia 520 and T-Mobile is selling Nokia Lumia 521. Microsoft Store is now offering deals on both these unlocked devices. Nokia Lumia 521 is now available for $69 and Nokia Lumia 520 is now available for $59. Considering the value they offer to the users, I don’t think any other device on the market can compete with it.

Check out the deals here and spread the word to your friends and family about this deal.

via: AAWP

$59 Nokia Lumia 520 and $99 Nokia Lumia 1520 now available at the Microsoft Store


It seems the holiday spirit has not quite left the Microsoft Store yet, as they are still offering some great deal on Windows Phones there.

For those who missed it earlier, the $59 contract-free Nokia Lumia 520 on AT&T is once again available, and if T-Mobile is more your thing the $69 Nokia Lumia 521 is also on the shelves there.

If the high end is more your thing, you can save $100 on a on-contract Nokia Lumia 1520, which is now going for only $99 with a two year contract.

See the limited time offer deals at Microsoft here and here (1520).

Our Windows Phone of 2013: The Nokia Lumia 520


There is little doubt that, given the choice, we would chose a Nokia Lumia 1520 over a Nokia Lumia 520, but there is also little doubt that the smartphone has single-handedly saved Windows Phone in 2013, accounting for close to 40% of the estimated 30 million Windows Phones sold in in 2013.  In other words, without the hit handset, less than 20 million handsets or 5 million a quarter would have been sold, little better than 2012.

On its release the handset was met with little excitement and a lot of scepticism, with much complaints about the lack of specs such as a front-facing camera and also poor quality screen.  In fact the device did not even merit an official announcement at Mobile World  Congress, simply hitting the market in various stores around the world.

The handset however quickly proved its mettle, not by making major headlines, but showing its impact on Nokia’s sales figures, boosting it from 5.4 million Lumias in Q1 to 7.4 million in Q2, and the company has not looked back since.

If we believe AdDuplex data, if Windows Phone makes 10 million sales in Q4, it will not be due to amazing new devices like the Nokia Lumia 1520, but due the humble Nokia Lumia 520.

Nokia’s improving sales figures has won the company new respect, which has the direct knock-on effect of increasing developer support and improving sales, resulting in the virtuous cycle the OS always needed. Combining the simplicity of Windows Phone with the feature-phone level price of the handset has opened up new markets for the OS for the unconverted first time smartphone buyers, and has acted as a great bulwark against Android domination.

The handset’s successor, the Nokia Lumia 525, addresses the biggest issue with the 520, the 512 MB RAM, which fractured the Windows Phone market and forced developers to develop for the lowest common denominator. It also seems set to hit even lower price points, and with the next version of Windows Phone looking to remove the capacitive front buttons, which should have a further impact on construction costs, we can expect ever cheaper Windows Phones to form the foundation of the growing ecosystem.

We therefore crown the Nokia Lumia 520 as the Windows Phone of 2013 – long may its successors rule.

AdDuplex: Nokia Lumia 521/520 family now around 30% of the US Market while T-mobile overtakes AT&T

In the latest AdDuplex teasers for the December report Alan Mendelevich revealed that the Nokia Lumia 52x family has continued its ascendency, with the Nokia Lumia 520 now more than 30% of the market worldwide, and the Nokia Lumia 520 overtaking the Nokia Lumia 920 as the second most used handset in the USA, giving the 521/520 family more than 30% of the US market also.

The popularity of the low-end handset has also lifted T-Mobile ahead of AT&T as the US carrier with the second most Windows Phones.

In other news Nokia’s high end handsets continue to struggle, with the Nokia Lumia 1520 at 16th and 1020 at 11th spot in the most used handsets and therefore less than 3% of the Windows Phone installed base and unlikely to chart.

Do our readers think Microsoft should embrace this trend or fight it by trying to release a very compelling high end Windows Phone? Let us know below.

Nokia Lumia 520 now only £69.95 on Amazon UK


UK readers annoyed by all the deals available to US Windows Phone users should be happy to learn that they can now pick up the Nokia Lumia 520 for only £69.95 unlocked from Amazon.co.uk.

The handset, which is only available in Black, provides access to 99% of the apps in the Windows Phone Store and is a perfect first phone for those upgrading from a feature phone or a low-end Android handset.

Find the handset at Amazon UK here.

Round 2: Vote for the Nokia Lumia 520 in GSMArena’s Smartphone Champion’s League



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.

Thanks Darth Vader for the tip.