Android 5.1 ships with support for several minority scripts

Lisa Moore lisam at
Sun Mar 15 21:00:15 CDT 2015

+1...this is great!


From:   Mark Davis ☕️ <mark at>
To:     Roozbeh Pournader <roozbeh at>
Cc:     Norbert Lindenberg <norbert at>, Behdad 
Esfahbod <behdad at>, "unicode at" <unicode at>
Date:   03/14/2015 12:17 AM
Subject:        Re: Android 5.1 ships with support for several minority 
Sent by:        "Unicode" <unicode-bounces at>

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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