Android 5.1 ships with support for several minority scripts

Roozbeh Pournader roozbeh at
Sat Mar 14 12:24:24 CDT 2015

Alolita, there is no blog post or release notes mentioning the scripts or
languages yet.

These are the links to the commit messages, which provide more information,
listing languages supported by the scripts:

Here's the list of the languages and language families newly supported:
Balinese, Batak langauges, Berber languages, Buginese langauges, Buhid,
Cham, Church Slavonic, Coptic, Divehi, Hanunoo, Javanese, Kayah languages,
Khün, Lepcha, Limbu, Makassarese languages, Mandar languages,
Manipuri/Meithei, Northern Thai, Oriya, Rejang, Santali, Saurashtra,
Sundanese, Sylheti, Tagbanwa languages, Tai Dam, Tai Dón, Tai Lü, Tai Nüa,
and Thai Song.

On Fri, Mar 13, 2015 at 7:53 PM, Alolita Sharma <alolita.sharma at>

> Roozbeh,
> This is great news! Thanks for your efforts in integrating Noto and
> Harfbuzz in Android and @unicode too :-)
> Is there a link to a blog post or release notes listing the improved
> language support?
> Best,
> Alolita
> On Fri, Mar 13, 2015 at 7:00 PM, 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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