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Tamil Font support in Android?

What about the Tamil font support in Android? I just analyzed the stuff behind this.

Tamil like any indic language needs complex script support, which is most important for complex characters in indian languages. This is provided by Pango library in linux systems. Most of the latest Linux desktop/server has Pango library installed by default. Android is NOT.

I just tried installing a tamil font in Android and confirmed this. Though the tamil characters are visibile to some extent, most of the characters are found split into two characters.  It is not readable. This mail thread says Android team is working on it. Even which library to use (pango or other such libraries) is not decided yet. It is not available in feature list 1.5 release also.

If any one has other way of getting it done, please comment it here.

23 comments for “Tamil Font support in Android?

  1. Mynaa4u
    July 19, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    I get tamil fant for antorid phone pls.

  2. November 28, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Hi Guys,

    I got the solution to read tamil sites in our Android phones after so many days of search in internet.

    Install Opera mini.
    In the browser address bar, type in “opera:config” (without the quotes) and then go. This will take you to the opera settings page.
    Find the option that says “Use bitmap fonts for complex scripts” . The default is “no” for this option. Change this option to “Yes” and click save.
    Once this is done. u can read the tamil fonts in the browser.

  3. Boobalanp
    November 5, 2011 at 2:54 am

    Install Opera mini.
    In the browser address bar, type in “opera:config” (without the quotes) and then go. This will take you to the opera settings page.
    Find the option that says “Use bitmap fonts for complex scripts” . The default is “no” for this option. Change this option to “Yes” and click save.
    Once this is done. u can read the tamil fonts in the browser.

  4. Andhra7222
    November 3, 2011 at 7:47 am

    Really have dificullt to install tamil fonts. Any body have any idea

  5. October 27, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    I have a honeycomb tablet and there is still no support for complex font rendering. The only “readable” solution at the moment is to use Opera mini bitmap rendering of complex scripts on server. Rest all (SETT browser, rooting and replacing fonts) is plain b.s. and time wasting masochistic activities

  6. August 12, 2011 at 11:21 pm
  7. Krishan
    July 30, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Tamil unicode working fine.. check this
    http://xkrishx.wordpress.com/2011/07/30/tamil-font-for-android-unicode/

    Krish KM

  8. Raji Shanmugam
    July 13, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Still no support..Gingerbread and counting.. Please guys tell me, I would like to change my display language in Android to Tamil. Also count me in for any developments.

    • Shakthi
      August 9, 2011 at 8:33 am

      Hi Raji,

      We do have the way to change it

  9. Ramakrishnan
    April 30, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    hi
    can we start doing something? is there anyone interested in doing this by ourselves.
    if so count me in

  10. tamil
    March 23, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    if you use operating system operamine then you r fine

  11. March 17, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    I am also awaiting. Please update if there is any progress.

  12. Thamizhan
    December 9, 2010 at 7:22 am

    If all you need is to view tamil websites on Android Device then try the app “Tamil Browser”. This app is in early stages but works.

    They have a facebook page too where the developer welcomes comments on how he can improve it.

  13. December 2, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    I got the solution to read tamil sites in our Android phone.

    Detailed Information here
    http://tamilxp.blogspot.com/2010/12/read-tamil-sites-in-your-android-mobile.html

    • Sreeni
      March 25, 2011 at 2:46 am

      I really would prefer Tamil be supported/enabled by the OS itself so that its handled across the board in the Android Phone. I have a Droid X and I Really HATE to say that I am seriously thinking about going back to iPhone. It looks like Google doesn’t really care about provide indic/unicode support and the pain it is to the users because of the non-support.

      For now all I can say is that with respect to Tamil language support itself is concerned, ANDROID SUCKS…

      -SR

  14. October 4, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    I am looking for the day to develop localized applications in my mother tongue. Thank you for your article.

  15. anbu
    September 11, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Still waiting

  16. August 28, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Im using android 2.1 still no support for tamil

  17. peter
    July 8, 2010 at 3:04 am

    Any update? Still waiting

  18. selin
    June 3, 2010 at 4:53 am

    I am also waiting for that.

  19. THX
    April 9, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Any Update ? I’m waiting…… like others

  20. Shan
    January 10, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Any update that you heard or know of. ..if full Unicode tamil font support is available on android 1.6 or later versions …

    • January 10, 2010 at 11:10 am

      yet to look into it…

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