How to make your Windows Mobile speak Hindi
You’ve seen numerous Windows Mobiles in the market from makers like Motorola, HTC, imate, Samsung (in fact only Nokia doesn’t have a Windows Mobile phone!!).. what you have NOT seen is the Windows Mobile displaying local Indian languages like Hindi.. watch these screenshots from my HP Windows Mobile phone:
Watch the day of the week in Hindi alongwith the name of the month. Even the appointments have the days mentioned in Hindi.
So why hasn’t Windows Mobile been able to show Hindi fonts?
While Windows Mobile supported Unicode, the core issue was the font engine in WM did not know (was not built) how to render complex characters. The reason why it was not done for WM, was that made the font engine heavy and OEMs didn’t want to increase memory footprint for that. Also, there were no fonts natively for Hindi on WM. All that changes with this application install that enables the following features.
An inscript Hindi keyboard:
Any WM application that supports Hindi fonts can now actually display them. look at the screenshot of google maps on Win Mobile:
And yes, even Word and Excel documents containing Hindi text render correctly on the Windows Mobile (using Word Mobile):
Earlier, you could not browse Hindi websites on mobiles. Now, websites that render Unicode text are also shown correctly (intentionally rendered in Opera Mini to show that it works in all browsers):
i have tried sending a Hindi SMS to a hindi enabled Nokia phone and it has worked seamlessly!!
However, it should be noted that this solution is not a localization engine. The dates and few other things get localized because they happen to use localized fonts which are installed by this font engine. Hence, most of the menu items of Windows Mobile are not rendered in Hindi but in default English.
Now, if you want your Windows Mobile to start showing you things in Hindi, you can download the solution FREE of cost from here: http://www.eyron.in
The solution is designed for Microsoft Windows Mobile-based devices with a touch screen for Windows Mobile 5 and Win Mobile 6 Professional.
remember, this solution is not to localize WM to Hindi, but rather enable WM to get Hindi input and show Hindi characters on the UI (not changing the UI elements from eng to hindi)..
Let me know what you think of this solution.