A Nokia Lumia 520 Windows Phone Gets Unofficial Android 7.0 Nougat Update

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The Nokia brand will continue to live on under the HMD Global umbrella, and will be releasing Android powered devices next year.

I just saw Android 7.1 Nougat running on an old Windows phone, The Nokia Lumia 520 (unofficially), before Nokia and Android will officially come together next year to promote a new generation of Nokia handsets. To be precise, a developer somehow got Android 7.1 Nougat running on a Nokia Lumia 520, and shared a video on YouTube showcasing the device’s capabilities under the new operating system.

Before taking a look at the video below it’s important to note that the Android 7.1 Nougat build for the Nokia Lumia 520 is not stable and should not be used as a daily driver. It’s more like a custom ROM in development, and  a demonstration of how the old Lumia 520 device can handle Google’s latest mobile OS.

Surprisingly, the Lumia 520 handles Android 7.1 Nougat better than expected, especially given the smartphone’s hardware specifications. As a reminder, the Nokia Lumia 520 was released in mid-2013 as a Microsoft Windows Phone 8 smartphone equipped with a 4.0-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 480×800. It features a Qualcomm MSM8227 Snapdragon S4 System-on-Chip (SoC) housing two CPU cores clocked at up to 1.0GHz each, an Adreno 305 graphics chip, and only 512MB of RAM along with 8GB of internal memory expandable by up to an additional 64GB via micro SD. Needless to say, these hardware characteristics are outdated by today’s standards, which makes the fact that Android 7.1 Nougat runs on the device as smoothly as it does that much more surprising.  Especially considering that the handset can apparently handle the new multi-window feature in Android 7.1 Nougat without much difficulty.

Once again,  be reminded that the custom ROM is not yet stable to be used daily, but nevertheless, running Android 7.1 Nougat on the Nokia Lumia 520 is a feat in itself, and the footage below could be considered an unofficial small preview of things to come in Nokia’s mobile world next year.

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