Android 5.1 ships with support for several minority scripts

Andrew Cunningham at
Fri Mar 13 22:27:55 CDT 2015

Hi Roozbeh,

a point of clarification and a question:

* the Cham font is actually an Eastern Cham font supporting Akhar Thrah the
Eastern variety of the script.

Akhar Srak . Western Cham script remains unsupported.

Which languages was the Thai Tham font designed to support? And which
variety of the script?


On Saturday, 14 March 2015, Roozbeh Pournader <roozbeh at> wrote:
> Android 5.1, released earlier this week, has added support for 25
minority scripts. The wide coverage can be reproduced by almost everybody
for free, thanks to the Noto and HarfBuzz projects, both of which are open
source. (Android itself is open source too.)
> By my count, these are the new scripts added in Android 5.1: Balinese,
Batak, Buginese, Buhid, Cham, Coptic, Glagolitic, Hanunnoo, Javanese, Kayah
Li, Lepcha, Limbu, Meetei Mayek, Ol Chiki, Oriya, Rejang, Saurashtra,
Sundanese, Syloti Nagri, Tagbanwa, Tai Le, Tai Tham, Tai Viet, Thaana, and
> (Android 5.0, released last year, had already added the Georgian lari,
complete Unicode 7.0 coverage for Latin, Greek, and Cyrillic, and seven new
scripts: Braille, Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics, Cherokee, Gujarati,
Gurmukhi, Sinhala, and Yi.)
> Note that different Android vendors and carriers may choose to ship more
fonts or less, but Android One phones and most Nexus devices will support
all the above scripts out of the box.
> None of this would have been possible without the efforts of Unicode
volunteers who worked hard to encode the scripts in Unicode. Thanks to the
efforts of Unicode, Noto, and HarfBuzz, thousands of communities around the
world would can now read and write their language on smartphones and
tablets for the first time.

Andrew Cunningham
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(Social and Digital Inclusion)
Public Libraries and Community Engagement
State Library of Victoria
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