Android Lollipop and Multiple Languages

February 10, 2015 Ayman El Badawy

Android, the mobile operating system developed by Google, was released on September 23, 2008. Right out of the gate, Google had ambitious goals for their mobile platform, striving to have as many device activations as there are people on the planet. On September 3, 2013 (just shy of five years later) Google's SVP SundarPichai announced via Google+ that they achieved one billion Android device activations. Google certainly has met analysts' expectations of becoming the world's #1 mobile operation system by 2015, well ahead of time.

GPI_Android_Lollipop

The following shows the market share of mobile operations systems for 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011:
(Report by IDC):

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Switching Keyboards

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On November 3, 2014 Google released their most recent major Android update dubbed Lollipop 5.0.  Android prides itself on being a truly open platform, where developers and users can fully customize applications as they see fit. As Android 5.0 Lollipop is introduced as a software update to many different devices, owners will want easy how-to guides on performing specific tasks.

Switching keyboards remains a very popular request among device owners, and there are certainly plenty of great keyboard options to choose from in the Google Play Store, including Google's own keyboard. Fortunately, changing the keyboard through the settings is easy and the method should be the same for every Android.

  1. Open the settings icon on your Android
  2. Find the "Language & Input" section and tap it to open
  3. Find the "Current Keyboard" entry and tap it
  4. Choose your keyboard in the window that opens

 

New Languages Supported

Language

Native Name

Language Code

Basque

euskara, euskera

eu

Bengali

বাংলা

bn

Burmese

 

my

Chinese (Hong Kong)

 

zh-hk

Galician

galego

gl

Icelandic

Íslenska

is

Kannada

ಕನ್ನಡ

kn

Kyrgyz

Кыргызча, Кыргызтили

ky

Macedonian

македонскијазик

mk

Malayalam

മലയാളം

ml

Marathi

मराठी

mr

Nepali

नेपाली

ne

Sinhala

සිංහල

si

Tamil

தமிழ்

ta

Telugu

తెలుగు

te

With the introduction of the 15 languages above, there are a total of 70 languages that are supported on Lollipop.

 

Existing Supported Languages

The following are the 55 languages already supported on the platform:

Language

Language Code

Supported since version

English, US

en_US

1.1

German, Germany

de_DE

1.1

Chinese, PRC

zh_CN

1.5

Chinese, Taiwan

zh_TW

1.5

Czech, Czech Republic

cs_CZ

1.5

Dutch, Belgium

nl_BE

1.5

Dutch, Netherlands

nl_NL

1.5

English, Australia

en_AU

1.5

English, Britain

en_GB

1.5

English, Canada

en_CA

1.5

English, New Zealand

en_NZ

1.5

English, Singapore

en_SG

1.5

French, Belgium

fr_BE

1.5

French, Canada

fr_CA

1.5

French, France

fr_FR

1.5

French, Switzerland

fr_CH

1.5

German, Austria

de_AT

1.5

German, Liechtenstein

de_LI

1.5

German, Switzerland

de_CH

1.5

Italian, Italy

it_IT

1.5

Italian, Switzerland

it_CH

1.5

Japanese

ja_JP

1.5

Korean

ko_KR

1.5

Polish

pl_PL

1.5

Russian

ru_RU

1.5

Spanish

es_ES

1.5

Arabic, Egypt

ar_EG

2.3

Arabic, Israel

ar_IL

2.3

Bulgarian, Bulgaria

bg_BG

2.3

Catalan, Spain

ca_ES

2.3

Croatian, Croatia

hr_HR

2.3

Danish, Denmark

da_DK

2.3

English, India

en_IN

2.3

English, Ireland

en_IE

2.3

English, Zimbabwe

en_ZA

2.3

Finnish, Finland

fi_FI

2.3

Greek, Greece

el_GR

2.3

Hebrew, Israel

he_IL

2.3

Hindi, India

hi_IN

2.3

Hungarian, Hungary

hu_HU

2.3

Indonesian, Indonesia

in_ID

2.3

Latvian, Latvia

lv_LV

2.3

Lithuanian, Lithuania

lt_LT

2.3

Norwegian-Bokmol, Norway

nb_NO

2.3

Portuguese, Brazil

pt_BR

2.3

Serbian

sr_RS

2.3

Slovak, Slovakia

sk_SK

2.3

Slovenian, Slovenia

sl_SI

2.3

Spanish, US

es_US

2.3

Swedish, Sweden

sv_SE

2.3

Tagalog, Philippines

tl_PH

2.3

Thai, Thailand

th_TH

2.3

Turkish, Turkey

tr_TR

2.3

Ukrainian, Ukraine

uk_UA

2.3

Vietnamese, Vietnam

vi_VN

2.3

Google's most recent Android update, Lollipop, has simplified the process of managing multiple languages on Android devices.  There are one billion Android users and that number is only growing as people from all over the world purchase a device for the first time and choose an Android operation system or switch from a previously used operating system.  Lollipop's addition of 15 languages to their keyboard options further shows that they are dedicated to improving their platform and making it accessible to users and developers all over the globe.

 

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About the Author

Ayman El Badawy

Manager, Technical Delivery - Global Software Practice. Ayman is a native Arabic speaker with extensive expertise in Arabic software and website localization. He is a Microsoft Certified professional (MCP) since 2001 and earned several certificates including MCSD, MCAD, MCTS and MCPD. He has over 12 years’ experience in software / websites engineering using Microsoft Programming tools including C#, ASP.NET, SQL Server, Visual Studio and other tools such as HTML, JavaScript, XML, Ajax and others.

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