AT&T now rolling out Windows Phone 8.1 for Nokia Lumia 1520

AT&T now rolling out Windows Phone 8.1 for Nokia Lumia 1520
A couple days ago, we heard that AT&T could start rolling out the Windows Phone 8.1 update to its Windows Phones this week, and that possibility has already become a reality. Earlier today, AT&T began rolling out the update to the Nokia Lumia 1520, meaning users can expect to be getting into some Cortana fun pretty soon.

The list of updated features in Windows Phone 8.1 is crazy long, so we'll just hit the top of the list. Number one, of course, is the aforementioned voice assistant, which will allow you to perform a wide range of tasks, like setting reminders, alarms, searching the web, and more. Another nice change is the addition of the Action Center, aka the notification tray with quick settings toggles. AT&T's announcement also claims that the update "takes full advantage of the Lumia 1520’s Quad-core processor, large, bright 6-inch HD 1080p display, and Nokia Rich Recording suite – four digital microphones and 140 dB recording range", but it is unclear if that means any more than that you'll get better sound when recording. 

You can wait for the update to hit your device at its own speed, or you can start obsessively checking for the update by going to Settings-->Phone Update, and manually checking. The update will still be at the mercy of the rollout, but you might catch it a bit sooner that way. If you loaded up the WP8.1 preview, you may need to downgrade in order to get the update, so we've put together a how-to for that. 

source: AT&T

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Lumia 1520
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3400 mAh(25.1h 3G talk time)



1. Federated

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 06, 2010

Waiting for Nokia Lumia 1525 this coming fall.

10. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013


2. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Do carriers bloat up WP? If so, shame on them.

3. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Yep, these phones come with carrier apps. xD But the good thing is that these pre-installed apps can be uninstalled just like any other app, so it's not a big deal.

8. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

They do but the bloat doesnt run automatically like others and can be uninstall with ease and not just 'hidden'.

4. elaizon

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

Is it possible to "down grade" once you've installed the preview?

5. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Yes msft has a dev link somewhere , bing it

6. jibraihimi

Posts: 802; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

will any successor tō 1520 release this year...? or has Satya Nadella, cancelled it also.....??

11. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I hope not, already seen the prototype in use at a work event, lovely red color and great screen (quadhd according to rep). So if they do, they will have test devices that they need to pull back.

7. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

No 520 update? I'm still waiting. I thought Windows Phones were all going to get updates simultaneously?

9. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Most carriers will roll out updates such as these over a weeks time to not kill the call center techs if things dont go right or for questions. I know at tmo it is about a 2 week full span for markets at times depending on the update and how 'critical' the update is. Like the s5/note3 update that fixed the bricked android update for sms, it rolled to everyone, but other updates took a few days to get to everyone.

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