Recently the firmware update for my Samsung Galaxy Ace was available via kies to Android 2.3.4. Instantly I updated it and exploring the phone and found something very exciting.
Yep, the phone now supports my mother tongue Tamil Language. I went ahead and checked several other Indic languages such as Hindi and Telugu and they are too supported. Unfortunately Sinhala language is not supported yet (It is the widely spoken language in Sri Lanka).
many people often phone me, Twitter me or sms me asking how to install Tamil on Android. If you are on Samsung Galaxy series then you may have default support to Tamil with the firmware update to 2.3.4.
There are two main tasks you need to achieve.
- Root your phone (which may void your warranty)
- Replace the fallback font with a Unicode Tamil font
You can download an Indic font (Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam etc) from XDA Dev forum.
Even after doing all above mentioned stuff your phone won’t be 100% Tamil compatible as font rendering will not happen. Current rendering engine does not support Tamil.
Search google on how to root your model. Rooting may differ from phone model to model. You may also refer this article on how to install Sinhala font on your Android mobile.
You may also read more about Tamil in Android via Ravi’s post.