1. maingo's Avatar
    how come most apps arent "compatible" with my lumia 520? i got a windows phone because i wanted a change from android. big mistake. the 520 lacks a lot of things and so does some of the other models. anyway. i wanted apps like subway surfers and polyvore and wattpad but they arent "compatible" with my phone. ive had an android that was a bit smaller than my 520 and was still able to run these apps. do i need an sd card?
    Guytronic likes this.
    07-14-2014 02:52 PM
  2. Nerdy Woman's Avatar
    Screen size isn't the issue. And an SD card won't help. The 520 is an entry-level windows phone with only 512 MB RAM.

    The SD card is like a file cabinet. The more file cabinet space you have, the more files you can store, right?

    RAM is like a power strip. Some items (like the OS) have to be plugged in all the time, leaving you a limited number of places to plug in Subway Surfers. With 512 MB RAM, you don't have enough available outlets (let's say Subway Surfers needs 5 and you only have 3 available).

    If you go to the Windows Phone website (windowsphone.com) and search on Subway Surfer, you'll find that you're not the only 520 owner who wants this game and a few others. The reality is that you probably wouldn't be happy with it if it did run on 512 MB RAM. It would be constantly swapping processing data in and out of mass memory (onboard equivalent of SD) and lag very badly.

    Game devs often build the best game they possibly can and the constraints are the RAM and mass memory that "most" users have. Yeah, it means some users get left out.
  3. David P2's Avatar
    In some cases it's lack of hardware, others it's lack of memory (requiring 1GB). Since the 520 is the absolute entry level model, you're not going to get very many fancy higher end features.

    In the case of Subway Surfer though, the latest Paris update was meant to bring support to 512MB devices such as the 520.

    An SD card won't give you extra memory, but you will have more storage space.
    Guytronic and maingo like this.
    07-14-2014 03:06 PM
  4. Nerdy Woman's Avatar
    Screen size isn't the issue. And an SD card won't help. The 520 is an entry-level windows phone with only 512 MB RAM.

    The SD card is like a file cabinet. The more file cabinet space you have, the more files you can store, right?

    RAM is like a power strip. Some items (like the OS) have to be plugged in all the time, leaving you a limited number of places to plug in Subway Surfers. With 512 MB RAM, you don't have enough available outlets (let's say Subway Surfers needs 5 and you only have 3 available).

    If you go to the Windows Phone website (windowsphone.com) and search on Subway Surfer, you'll find that you're not the only 520 owner who wants this game and a few others. The reality is that you probably wouldn't be happy with it if it did run on 512 MB RAM. It would be constantly swapping processing data in and out of mass memory (onboard equivalent of SD) and lag very badly.

    Game devs often build the best game they possibly can and the constraints are the RAM and mass memory that "most" users have. Yeah, it means some users get left out.
    Guytronic and maingo like this.
    07-14-2014 03:18 PM

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