19 thoughts on “Android Jelly Bean support for Tamil and Indic languages

  1. Does it also have a native Tamil keyboard? I badly miss it. (I have been using Samsung’s version of Android in Galaxy phones which support Tamil BTW)

      1. Hindi UI is included along with input. You can observer the changes if you change the language to Hindi in settings. I mean there is a default Hindi keyboard is shipped along with Android OS 4.1. I have tested it in Android Emulator.

      2. Hindi UI is included along with input. You can observe the changes if you change the language to Hindi in settings. I mean there is a default Hindi keyboard is shipped along with Android OS 4.1. I have tested it in Android Emulator.

        please check out following tweet.
        http://bit.ly/M4322e

  2. Glad to see finally Android is reaching fulsome support. But like to know the following:

    1. How is the state of Tamil support it in any of the free (as in free lunch) office suites such as Kingsoft Office / King Office (International), Polaris, Olive or any other ?

    2. In my Samsung S2 with Gingerbread it was possible to switch between different IMEs by pressing in a Text input area. But in all my ICS updates that facility is not available – now only way is to go to settings a set the keyboard we want as default every time we want to switch another IME! How is it in Jellybeans?

    1. I happen to be at Gdays in chennai during which I witnessed the presenter (Vaideeswarn Sethuraman) announcing features of Jelly Bean. While doing so, he said Tamil support was provided in all aspects other than input. He demonstrated Tamil content in web, SMS, contacts and in files.

      Soon after, I tried to play with JB in emulator. I am able to read a UTF8 text file in Tamil with proper rendering, which I wasn’t able to do in ICS. In ICS, proper Tamil rendering was done only through WebKit (i.e. viewed as HTML content). But in JB I was able to view the file out of browser as well. I was able to read Tamil SMS etc.

      However, the King Office app did not render Tamil conjunct characters properly. I think it is an issue with the app only because the text file which I tried was displaying properly in Moon+ Ebook reader and the same text file did not display properly in King office.

      Regarding your 2nd point, yes, long press on text input area does not provide any option for changing IME. But the standard keyboard that appeared has “…” on “,” key and on long press of it, IME option is displayed.

      Narayanan

      1. Thanks to Narayanan for the informative reply he made then.

        Now after 4 months last week I got my Samsung Galaxy S2 (GT I 9100) updated to leaked stock Jellybean firmware 4.1.2 – XXLSJ- as per guide in http://androidadvices.com/update-galaxy-s2-gt-i9100-official-jellybean-412-xxlsj-firmware/2/ .

        After this update I have made and uploaded some screenshots of Tamil rendering in 6 browsers, “Memo” text editor and Olive Office Premium Word (also for SInhala in the same album) to my Google+ album at https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/113560243485817634885/albums/5815354944212253505 which is open to public to access.

        Of the 6 browsers I tested, Tamil rendering is alright in 4 : Native (“Internet”), Dolphin, Chrome and Opera Mini (not using bitmap font from server).
        In Opera Mobile the rendering of ligatures with GSUB seem absent. In case of Firefox, there is shifting of kombu after a mei (i.e. with pulli) to be ahead of the mei.

        Rendering is alright in Memo (the native text editor) and also Olive Office Premium Word (MS Word doc format). Howeverin Kingsoft Office – Word rendering is absent fully.

        Rendering is alright also in number of client apps I have tried – like Gmail, TweetDeck.

      2. //Regarding your 2nd point, yes, long press on text input area does not provide any option for changing IME. But the standard keyboard that appeared has “…” on “,” key and on long press of it, IME option is displayed.//

        Yes noticed. But it leads to choice of native keyboards only (which do not include Tamil or any otehr Indic so far). What would be very much useful for us at current stage is like it was earlier in Gingerbread giving choice of all including 3rd party IMEs which we have enabled. If a Tamil IME of ones preference gets included as native then for that person it is sufficient. But different users may have different preferences from among the various 3rd party IMEs – so I think choice of non-native IME by the earlier way of long press in input area should be advocated by us to the developers

  3. I have ported Jelly Bean to my desire HD and I am glad that it is supporting Tamil at interface levels and I am very happy with the tamil visai keyboard. Even I created couple of apps using tamil web feeds. But I have issue where in some apps like twitter the sentence is not broken properly and some words at the end of sentence is missing…Twitter being one example. Any idea on how to fix it?

  4. hi,

    I am running JB on emulator (4.1). I am unable to see tamil in the “settings” -> “Lang and input” -> “Language”. Please tell how to enable them.

    Thanks in advance.

  5. In jellybean, if I want to select a one line of text I am unable to select last character from selector (unable to pull it to end of line).but it works fine if I select multiple lines.. Appreciate your comments(am new to android)

  6. Hi,
    I do not find the Tamil option in JB language settings. Is there an option to have Tamil UI in JB without rooting, kindly explain.

    Thanks,
    Sriram SR

  7. HI,
    i developed tamil app in android.The language looks good in gingerbread and jelly bean but looks weird in ICS ..tamil characters are misplaced i dont know why please tell me ..

    Thanks,
    Srinath

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