Android 5.1 ships with support for several minority scripts

Mark Davis ☕️ mark at
Sat Mar 14 01:59:53 CDT 2015


On Mar 14, 2015 03:09, "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
> Tifinagh.
> (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.
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