Re: Android 5.1 ships with support for several minority scripts

From: Lisa Moore <>
Date: Sun, 15 Mar 2015 19:00:15 -0700

+1...this is great!


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

On Mar 14, 2015 03:09, "Roozbeh Pournader" <> 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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